Welcome to Songs of My Neighbours!
Songs of my Neighbours is a collaborative initiative that aimed to use the arts, and theatre in particular, to encourage dialogue and social justice between communities that share conflict. The program was partly funded by the Culture Program of the European Union and took place in Poland, Italy and Cyprus between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2015.
Listening to each other’s songs and stories, through a process of artistic research, was at the core of the project’s activities. Traditional songs – songs of conventional but also invented traditions – contain cultural information about our ‘Others’. We are interested in the songs and stories of communities with which we share a critical issue to investigate: the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot neighbourliness; the Jewish and Catholic Poles’ strange cohabitation; the Marginalisation and inclusion of the Roma community of Lecce, Italy.
What will happen if we listen to each other’s songs?
What will happen if we sing each other’s songs?
The experience and knowledge gathered during this artistic research lead to original theatre performances, concerts, conferences, film screenings, production of a documentary, residencies, scholarships, workshops, a human library, and a book publication. It also lead to the creation of inroads of real collaboration and understanding.