Creative workshops in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
The French artists' collective Du Zieu dans les Bleus will conduct
workshops in the summer of 2004 under the name ATELIER #3 in the
Baddawi Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.
Palestinians, Lebanese and French young people can participate
in courses such as drawing, video, drumming or marionette making.
Du Zieu dans les Bleus collaborates with the non-governmental
organisation Asiles (Actions et Solidarités Interculturelles)
and Mafpa (Maison d'Amitié Franco-Palestinienne). Asiles
wants to conduct social/educational creative projects for children
in underprivileged situations. The organisation has worked in refugee
camps in Lebanon since 1997. When Du Zieu dans les Bleus gave theatre
workshops there in 2001, a collaboration was instituted that focuses
on French-Palestinian cultural exchange. Mafpa is a meeting point
for children and young people in Baddawi where creative activities
The objective of actually producing a creative product has resulted
in the current form of the project, which consists of two parts.
The workshops for children in the Palestinian camps have turned
out to be quite valuable and will be continued. Moreover Palestinian,
Lebanese and French artists are working on a French-Arabic production
that will be performed in France in 2005.
ATELIER #3 and Mafpa receive financial support from the European
Cultural Foundation (ECF).
Marrigje de Bok