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What is Brave Kids Project?

Brave Kids Project is an unique cultural-educational project founded in 2009 by the Song of the Goat Theatre Association in Wrocław, Poland. It came to life as a result of the inspiration of one incredible man Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama, physician and philanthropist, who established the charity organisation ROKPA.

The Brave Kids Project aims to unite children from different parts of the world in an atmosphere of friendship, peace, and respect for each other’s arts and culture. Each summer, for several weeks artistic groups of children and professional artists come together in order to share their arts and cultures and to teach and learn from one another.  

In 2018 (9th edition of BK), the project took place in 13 European cities: 10 in Poland, as well as in Georgia, Romania and Ukraine. It was attended by 365 children's artists from 51 artistic groups, from 21 countries, as well as 21 artistic instructors. The Brave Kids Grand Final Performance was watched by 1,400 spectators at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw.

To find out more, please visit: http://www.bravekids.eu

How does it work?

Artistic groups of children meet in the cities that organize the Project (4 groups/each consist of around 5 to 10 children, together about 20-30 children, for 1.5-2 weeks). At the beginning each group presents a short performance (about 10 minutes) representing their culture and traditions or artistic technique which they practice as a group (eg: circus, theatre, hip-hop, etc.). Together with a team of professional artists and pedagogues (artistic instructors) they use this material for preparation of the joint Final Performance in each of the cities, applying the "kids teach kids" model of work. This is the first stage of the project. The second stage is its continuation, during which all participants meet in one city for about 1-1.5 week (a summer camp-style setting). They start from watching their previously prepared Final Performances and together during artistic workshops they form the Brave Kids Grand Finale Show.


Quotes

  • There is nothing more important in human relations then empathy. Empathy and compassion, nothing more powerfull.

    Grzegorz
  • We also had a group of some 16-year old teenagers from Norway for whom shopping was the thing. When Brave was done we asked what they gained from it, and one of them said 'I have learnt to love my mum and dad more'. And I cried. She whacked us with it just like that. We understood she is there, in this great Norwegian home with her mum and dad in the next rooms, and they have no contact at all. And here she’s rolling on the floor with children from orphanages that have no parents, and it had to clicked somewhere, it had to strike her how lucky she is to have them. You never know when it happens.

    Jacek
  • (…) it is just a great opportunity, the work with kids, when you have to question yourself all the time where are the borders of the cultures, the border of own values, and what matters for me the most. I ask myself these questions consciously, and these kids get such chance too during Brave Kids, and this is extremely valuable.

    Kasia
  • …what is it about? (…) I come to the conclusion it is about the encounter. And not just any encounter, but about a deep, genuine meeting with other people. (…) So, if this is how it is, let’s meet these strangers and let them all get to know each other, and see in the Other the same person.

    Jacek
  • (…) there was this boy in a group which, given the situation in their country, was difficult to bring here, we have been in touch for years now, and he said ‘the fact I’m here and that I studied at all is a life changing experience for me, Brave Kids, you know. When I came here I was so shy and insecure, I always kept away. And when the time came to say goodbye I cried to the wall, I was so withdrawn. But, when I came back home, I knew I’d be trying to go and travel, to study and learn. It also helped that I met other kids and saw how the world could look like. This was the chance of a lifetime to leave then. And it motivated me.'

    Jacek

Tips

Let’s use art as common knowledge

„The way of managing the show, relying on, and treating all these traditions, resources, folklore, rituals and songs as artistic material is a specific approach in the Song of the Goat Theatre, and it works for Brave Kids too. We use it and try to present this unique stuff. Especially that we often think these small things are simple or trivial, yet it turns out this is the foundation to constitute the society, and the values and skills of being in this world for me. The admiration in the eyes of the colleagues from other cultures gives you a great sense of worth too, within the community of finding what is universal, but unique at the same time.”

Ilona

Ask yourself...

  1. Do you see the need of sharing cultures and traditions?
  2. Are the kids around you aware of their culture and tradition?
  3. What are my previous experiences in participating in (multicultural) projects? Do I need it?
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