Performing Intercultural Dialogue on the Stage - Art and intercultural education

Paola Cinquina (1)
(1) University Ca’Foscari Venice , Italy


The present paper analyses, as a case study from an ethnographic perspective, the experience of building a performance through a participatory process during the Youth Forum on Water and Intercultural Dialogue (Turin 20-25 May 2008). The complexity of the participatory process that involved 23 young people from different countries, followed by three facilitators, is analyzed through four main axes of reflection: a) The use of art for dealing with difference and re-thinking identities; b) The role of facilitator as mediator and coordinator, where everybody was invited to share his/her skills and competences; c) The creation of a learning and productive environment, spending time on getting to know each other, on relaxing and on feeling self-confident ; d) The intensity of the experience during the five days, 24 hour per day, of living together.

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Paola Cinquina, University Ca’Foscari Venice

Paola Cinquina, PhD, is researcher in the field of art and education. After investigating Tunisian cinema as tool for intercultural education she moved to University of Barcelona, and then to the University Ca’Foscari Venice. Her work is focused in participatory processes, and in the use of creative and artistic tools in education, as “participatory video making” and “theatre pedagogy”. She works in collaboration with NGO, cultural association and professionals in order to develop non formal educational projects, and experiment new methodologies.

Cinquina, P. (2016). Performing Intercultural Dialogue on the Stage - Art and intercultural education. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 16(2), 1–10.

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