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Academy for Actors of Social Change focusing on ARTIVISM

We organize our yearly Summer Academy Erasmus+ program, which focuses on social change. The 2-weeks training program invites professionals from social and educational fields coming from different countries from all over Europe and Erasmus+ eligible countries.

During the program, the participants can gain an insight into a unique merge of socially engaged art techniques developed by experts throughout years of practicing and teaching within the field of socially engaged arts. Thereby the program provides them with the opportunity to learn formal and non-formal artistic methods and put the newly gained knowledge into practice with the help of professional advisers.

In 2023 we brought a new focus for the Academy, Artivism. Through the arts – Artivism gives them a tool to express themselves and be active, conscious participants in changes. The program has three main topic as inclusive societies, equality of all genders, environmental protection and art. The main connecting theme is activism, how people can get involved in art and how art can become a tool for social change.

During the two-week program the participants can get to know the world of theater that works in an intimate puppet theater format, which can be performed in especially small spaces, even in living rooms. How to work with artistic tools and help women and young girls who suffer discrimination. How to cooperate with communities and even educational institutions using environmental education theater tools. Besides that, how to initiate intercultural and intersectoral dialogue in society, encouraging the creativity of young people through art education, production of cultural content and improvement of public policies in the field of culture and youth.

With our project we aim to tackle the obstacle of involving underprivileged youth in a discourse about their own lives and the topics affecting them, by giving social workers, pedagogues, artists and other professionals working in the field creative and artistic tools to reach and work with them. We intend to reach the result of more open-minded target groups, social workers with innovative and creative skills involved in the program and beyond, inter-social beneficiaries and the change for a common creative process for interactive performances. Furthermore, we would like to enlarge the Social Art Practices network where individuals are not only acting locally, but across borders.

The project addresses a major problem of ignored and disregarded groups with the training of workers in the social, educational and artistic fields. We aim to educate and work towards an openness of the common mindset and to initiate Europe-wide social activities for the underprivileged.

With our exchange of workers, we support two target groups at the same time: the participants of the exchange and the groups they work with in their own fields. Our project broadens the mind of all groups involved coming from different social and educational backgrounds. The participants experience the differences between different cultures and subcultures and learn from each other.

Thanks to the V4 and Danube Small Project Fund grant in 2023, we were able to mentor and financially support 5 Activism pilot projects through the Academy supplement.

We are optimistic that this extra opportunity will be part of the Academy program again and again thanks to the additional funding.

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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

The project is sponsored by the DANUBE SMALL PROJECT FUND funded by: The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of #Austria, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE) Donauländer / State of Lower Austria, the Provincial Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina within the Republic of Serbia, the City of Regensburg, the Danube Office Ulm / Neu-Ulm and the Volksbank Ulm-Biberach.


Dóra Laczkó




Art Transparent (PL)
Dafa Puppet Theatre (CZ)
Creative Industry Košice (SK)
Kulturanova (RS)
Pro Progressione (HU)

Raíces de Coriander (ES)
Companhia Teatro de Gato Escaldado (PT)