Performing arts and social integration

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Performing arts and social integration

Asteroid Cultural is an association working for the integration of people with functional diversity. Photo: Asteroid Madrid.
Asteroid Cultural is an association working for the integration of people with functional diversity. Photo: Asteroid Madrid.

From 22 to 30 July, Madrid is playing host to as many as 20 activities and shows for people with functional diversity. The performances, offered by some 100 artists from Spain, France and Romania, are taking place in several venues in town.

The project, titled ‘Intercultural Diversity: A Model for Social Integration’, is part of Key Action 2 (KA2), the collective name for activities and projects funded under Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Focusing on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries, KA2 covers the five fields of higher education, vocational education and training (VET), schools, adult education and youth.

In addition, the programme encourages the social integration of individuals with functional diversity through social, cultural and educational initiatives. In fact, one of its goals is the development of a handbook and video guide for international good practices in adapted performances, say sources from Asteroid Madrid, the association organising the event.

The Madrid-based project is the result of a two-year strategic partnership between Spain, France and Romania. For 18 months, there will be cultural exchanges at the European level – shows and performances to raise awareness of all kinds of social integration in the performing arts.

As many as 450 people are taking part in ‘Intercultural Diversity: A Model for Social Integration’. Every international event will gather 20 people from each visiting country and 60 from the host country, who will share their experiences and work together in new performances and choreographies.

Along with Asteroid Cultural from Spain, the organising entities include Association MODE H Europe (Tours, France) and Asociatia pentru Persoane cu Dizabilitati Fizice ‘SF. Haralambie’ (Braşov, Romania). The letter organised the event held in Romania in March.