Marginalised communities – the homeless, disabled, refugees, former prisoners – are not only excluded from society and work but also the arts. Divadlo bez domova ("Theatre With No Home") creates social, financial, and cultural inclusion for marginalised communities through theatre.
Theatre With No Home
2,000 Euro Prize 2020
Region: Implemented nationwide
Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy
Fields of action: Disability, Art, Homelessness
Project owner: Patrik Krebs (Divadlo bez domova, štatutárny zástupca)
Responsible person: Uršula Kovalyk
Dviadlo bez domova brings together the homeless and disabled to work, act and produce theatre performances to highlight their talents and social experiences to the public. The actors – the homeless and physically-disabled – provide new social connections, support and learn from one another to create original theatre productions. The actors also give workshops and organize events in Slovakia and internationally.
We work together with the homeless and the physically-disabled, as well as communities with psychiatric disabilities, refugees, ex-prisoners. Our work has been performed and in co-operation with the Slovak government, city of Bratislava, and the European Union. Divadlo bez domova also performs in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, and care homes for seniors.
Marginalised communities are provided opportunities to work, connect with others, and learn new skills while building social inclusion between the participants and the public. Divadlo bez domova preforms internationally; it has published five books and organized the ERROR international festival of homeless theatre for the last thirteen years.
The project can be implemented in any region and for any community. Theatre is a universal tool to connect. In Slovenia, the Carnium Legendarium homeless theatre was founded in inspiration of Divadlo bez domova.
Marginalised communities are often excluded from professional theatre and the arts. In an old palace in Bratislava, homeless and disabled communities have set up a place to change this. They regularly perform their plays for audiences in the city and abroad. The actors of Divadlo bez domova help themselves and one another; they transform their experiences into art to shift social perceptions: this is how social innovation works.
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