On this page you’ll find some other projects and organisations that Stories in Transit has collaborated with or been inspired by.
acta, community theatre in Bristol. They were part of a project and festival called REACT 2016-2018, partnering with Rotterdams Wijktheater (Holland) and Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Sicily). It was an EU Creative Europe community theatre programme for refugees to share their stories with host communities.
ArtandSeek, who organise interactive group experiences and art workshops for children, young adults and families. They were established in 2015 and are based in Rome.
Art Refuge UK, who we collaborated with in a workshop at Elephant West. Art Refuge are a charity, established in 2006, who use art and art therapy to 'support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally'
Asylum Welcome, based in Oxford. Stories in Transit collaborated with Asylum Welcome at a workshop in June 2019 and we are hoping to continue with more in future. Art Refuge was established in 1996 and play a huge part in welcoming and supporting asylum seekers, refugees and detainees to Oxford. Every unaccompanied child arriving in Oxfordshire is referred to them: they run workshops, English classes, a food bank, offer advice and practical help – working closely with lawyers, too, to support access to rights.
Brave New Alps and their new project La Foresta - accademia di comunità:
La Foresta is an open network that currently includes associations, informal groups, individual citizens and the Social Policies Service of the Municipality of Rovereto, created with the aim of creating a community academy in the unused spaces of the north wing of the Rovereto train station (TN).
Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham, who run an ongoing programme of events highlighting local refugee artists, refugee and migrant artists from across the country, and visiting international artists. Their programme also includes a regular music series and refugee week world music festival, which is part of National Refugee Week celebrations.
Counterpoint Arts are an organisation that commission and collaborate on projects that are framed by their core mission and beliefs: reflecting our commitment to support artists who have experienced displacement and artists who are exploring and amplifying the migration story. Well worth looking at their core mission and beliefs, clearly laid out in their website!
Cities of Refuge - this five-year research project aims to 'explore and explicate the relevance of international human rights, as law, praxis and discourse, to how local governments in Europe welcome and integrate refugees'.
City of Sanctuary. Read more here. This is the umbrella organisation that has supported supports a network of groups, which includes villages, towns, cities and regions across the UK, and others engaged in Streams of Sanctuary, Sanctuary Awards and activities intended to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
Design for migration, a depository and blog platform that aims to collect exemplary projects in a single place, to make them available to a wider concerned audience, and to support and connect the work of other creative people working in the same domain.
The campaign End Deportations. They have made a short film, Stansted 15 On Trial
Giocherenda, based in Palermo. Their name comes from pulaar (an African language) where it means “solidarity, awareness of interdependence, strength through sharing, the joy of doing things together”; 'to play' in Italian translates to 'giocare'.
Giocherenda are our key collaborators - many of the collective participated in early Stories in Transit workshops. Now the collective runs workshops, classes, creates story telling games and has a space/ shop in central Palermo.
Good Chance Theatre, a theatre company that devises productions in temporary Theatres of Hope in the form of large geodesic domes, in areas with high refugee populations, where they create meaningful opportunities for immigrant and local communities to interact through the arts. They also took part in the Migrant Knowledge conference in Cambridge.
The Hands Up Project works with over thirty different groups in Gaza, in the Occupied West Bank, and in Zaatari refugee camp for Syrian children in Jordan. Starting as storytelling sessions via very simple video conferencing tools, the project uses games and play as a way to contribute to learning English. As many as 500 kids a week now connect to volunteers around the world who work in collaboration with the local teacher to tell stories to each other. Some of the participating children have even written a book of plays, which can be bought here!
The House of Fairy Tales is a national children’s arts charity that exists to engage with young people of all ages from any socio economic or cultural background and any religion. Central to the House of Fairy Tales is the belief that providing imaginative spaces to learn and play is not just about creating happy children but happy families, healthier communities and a thriving society too.
Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) has worked since 2007 to bring knowledge and information to those who are most in need, through making library tools and resources accessible to displaced people. Their Ideas Box is a pop-up multimedia centre and portable library, which has a similar ethos to our own developing Story Box that we are developing. Philippe Starck and the UNHCR designed the Ideas Box in 2010, an innovative tool that 'expands access to information, education and cultural resources to places that desperately need them — refugee and IDP camps, rural and isolated communities, and underserved urban spaces or indigenous communities around the world'.
Migration Museum Project
Museum With No Frontiers
ParaSite School and the project that has grown from the school, BorderlessTV
The National Theatre’s new ‘movement’ Public Acts and their performance of Pericles (26-28 August 2018). Public Acts was inspired in part by New York’s major initiative Public Works, which comes from The Public Theater
Not-for-profit critical design practice Public Works, and their project The School of Civic Action
Scene and Heard
Woven Gold Choir, part of the Helen Bamber Foundation. Listen to the choir here.