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Summer youth camp to overcome stereotypes

School is nearly over for the year and that gives students almost three months off. For older kids that may mean a short break before heading off to the army or for others a few months off before university. Whatever the case, for those young adults from 18-25 who would like to do something a little different this summer, the TheatrEtc organisation has a summer youth camp in Troodos all planned out.

The camp, from July 28 until August 6, will host a group of 28 young people – that will consist of 14 individuals from Cyprus and Denmark and 14 individuals who have been displaced from their countries and are based in Cyprus seeking safety and asylum. These 28 individuals will spend ten days together, exploring and expressing themselves creatively through various workshops and activities. Some of these are applied theatre workshops, music and dance workshops, mask making sessions and nature walks.

All activities and workshops will be run by skilled professionals either from the main facilitators’ team or by visiting artists and facilitators. Through the workshops and activities, the organisers will seek to bring together personal and collective stories and memories, as well as showing these youths how we can visualise a common path as human beings. The camp will be concluded on the tenth day with a final piece of artistic work that the participants will choose to showcase to a wider audience.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in the summer camp then they must be aged 18-25, interested in some kind of arts and outdoor activities, interested in getting to know people from other cultural backgrounds, have a good knowledge of English and be able to get away for the entire ten days.

Transportation to and from the camp will be arranged. The camp space will be the primary school of Kampos village in the Nicosia district. The camp has two separated large rooms (one for men, one for women) with detached bathrooms and showers, a large workshop space, a professional kitchen area, dining area and a large outdoor space.

All the expenses for this ten-day excursion are covered by the organisers, this includes accommodation, food, transport and workshop material.

The youth camp is part of the Culture Shox! Project which is organised and implemented by the Cyprus-based non-governmetal organistion TheatrEtc and Danish organisation DSI Swining Europe. The project evolves around the development of activities in Cyprus and Denmark that allow contact between individuals from a variety of backgrounds in an effort to learn from one another, confront stereotypes and misinterpretations of their realities and build bridges of communication, understanding and acceptance.

In the context of this project, the camp is the first activity organised towards those goals, in an effort to build a connection between people arriving in Cyprus seeking a better life having fled their home countries and people who are based in their home countries through creative and artistic means and especially through theatre.

In order to apply for the summer camp, go to

Summer Youth Camp
A youth camp for people from 18-25. July 28 until August 6. Kampos village, Troodos. Tel: 99-790848

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