Circus Builds Trust
December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
This project is part of the broader project funded by the British Embassy in Belgrade “Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Threats in Serbia through Community-Based Early Warning and Preventive Engagement”. The latter is aimed at establishing and consolidating a foundation for efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalization that can lead to terrorism (VERLT) in Serbia. Preventing and countering VERLT is recognized as a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach in the global fight against terrorism to which the Government of Serbia is committed. The project encompasses three themes of research, in specific: support to community policing/municipal safety councils (MSCs), intercultural education and civic participation and engagement (civic education).
This specific project, implemented by the selected implementation partner (Cinema City), will took place in a part of Serbia with a very diverse and rich history, as well as substantial contemporary demographic shifts and political challenges, will address difficult discussions in an accessible manner. The rise of hate groups in this part of the country often hinges on stereotypes and “us vs. them” messages; this activity provides a counterweight to these negative trends. A contemporary theatrical circus performance will provide an active and student-centred, peer-to-peer learning tool for the direct enrichment of 20 young people from Novi Sad. The program tackles prejudice, fear and stereotyping, develops critical thinking skills and requires active youth participation and creative input. Through performances in 4 schools, the circus will reach 700 other students; a promotional campaign will further potentially reach over 30,000 people in Vojvodina.