What is project rapport?

“refugee arts with participants and practitioners open to integration”

A two-year partnership Autumn 2019 – 2021, bringing together local people from different nationalities and sharing theatre across Europe. Supported by EU Creative Europe.

acta is co-ordinating the project, and working with partners:

Teatr Grodzki, Poland (puppetry)

Tantarantana, Catalonia /Spain (community arts & dance)

Historieberattana, Sweden (digital arts & storytelling)

Click on each of the organisations above to find out more about their work, and see in our sidebars some of our partners’ videos.

What’s happening in 2020

Over the first year, acta are delivering a series of new integrated theatre workshops with people from different nationalities and backgrounds. These workshops are continuing online throughout lockdown, enabling an international group of participants to engage and take part. Online workshops has also given us the opportunity to have guest facilitators from our partner groups who will be leading workshops with our weekly group.

Skills Exchange: Throughout the year, four week-long partner exchanges will enable partners to share practice and develop ideas for a collaborative project in the second year, Babel (Summer 2021). Read Projects Director, Rosalie’s blog on her recent trip to Barcelona with Neil, as they spent a week hosted by Tantarantana! Exchanges in Stockholm and Poland are being rescheduled for Autumn 2020, post Covid 19 travel restrictions.

RAPPORT Barcelona
Neil Beddow & Rosalie Pordes travelled to Barcelona to meet Rapport partners.

Looking forward to 2021

Collaborative project Babel will perform in each of the four partnership countries in refugee week in June, with all four partners contributing to each of the four versions of the performance. This is an extremely exciting proposition; using elements of digital arts, film and live theatre to create a performance that crosses borders virtually.

Why is rapport so important?

RAPPORT is a cooperation project aimed at promoting integration between different nationalities in local communities, using and developing collaborative community arts practice between the four European partners. It will use arts as a tool to challenge preconceptions and negative attitudes towards migrants/refugees, and to celebrate and confirm shared humanity and the positive impact of integration.

The unique elements and benefits of this project:-

  • Range of art forms and practice in collaboration
  • Audience development with marginalised communities
  • Integrated workshops and projects throughout
  • Refugees in training as facilitators
  • Artistic exchange to share/learn practice and develop collaboration
  • Performances in all four partner countries
  • The Babel collaborative project to include live and digital content, with performances in each partner country
  • Dissemination of learning to included national seminars, a publication and documentary film

To learn more about our Rapport project and get involved, email Rosalie at: rosalie@acta-bristol.com.