To: 7 October 2018
Performance: 7 October, 8:00 pm
Smallville is an initiative which tackles the problems of social exclusion in rural areas, aspiring to be the basis for a more empowered participation in the community. Its main vehicle is the “Informal Social Councils”, meetings of citizens who interact and learn in an informal environment through participatory activities of deconstructing and creating culture. The aim is to strengthen the network of citizens, in order for them to bring social change in their small town. Smallville, at the same time, uses the tool of documentary theatre with amateur actors. The citizens are encouraged to bring on stage their own experience, communicating it to their fellow citizens. Smallville sets inclusion as a priority and also promotes the access of rural areas to culture offer, taking this way the monopoly of social culture from big cities.
Crash Smallville is a week of intense interaction, which leads to the creation of an express performance with amateur actors. It includes activities from the “Informal Social Councils”, experiential workshops and, finally, developing and presenting a documentary theatre play.
The program aspires to contribute to tackling social exclusion through local participatory activities, which aim in a more active participation of all social groups in the public sphere and in the mobilization of local authorities. The key program objectives are broadened educational and professional opportunities, equal participation of all genders and social groups, improved life conditions in the community, bringing up community problems for discussion and trying to find solutions through participatory processes.
Katheti, as an organization for sustainable development in the local area through educational and cultural activities, considered that Smallville is an ideal starting point for its activities.