Here we are in Greece for study visit with our 3 partners from Hungry, Greece and Spain. We visited 2 refugee camps, community centers and work with many amazing children with social circus. Our Greek partner has many experience with children rights actions and this week we focus on how to integreate children rights education with social circus. Next couple of months we will focus on this topic to create curriculum for our own organization.
Erasmus +Strategic partnership funded project SIM, A Social Model Exchange project partners and participants in Mardin. An amazing week of exchanging knowledge between 4 organisation and local children and youth..
Bugün Dünya Barış Günü ve Irak Sirkhane gençlerimizden barış dolu fotoğraflar geldi.
Captured in the time of waiting, worrying, wandering around. Nothing to do, no place to go, no sense to have a hope. In the constant stagnation there is no chance for alteration or any ambition. This is a war on the outskirt of war.
Few boys gathered with an idea whom were longing for having their own community and growing new identity. They are not able to change the destroyed places but they can change destructed people.
They are Iraqi boys with an outstanding circus and teaching skills. In August 2014 some of them were temporary displaced to Turkey, to camp in Mardin. Volunteers of Sirkhane school spontaniously started to visit that camp every day to play circus with kids and teenagers. Days became months. Games developed into circus trainings. Aim to share joy and circus with more and more refugee kids has grown.
After a year whole group went back to northen Iraq to live in a IDP camp. Using the skills they learned from Sirkhane they set up circus workshops for kids to spread hope and smiles all around. Trainings continue. Accompanied by empathy and determination they took up the challenge, they are bringing joy to those who needed it the most. They have the best understanding on the needs of children of war. Need of friendship, need of learn, need of having dreams.
How to call them? They are Heroes!
Their power is informal education, circus and entertainment. They have strenght and courage to overcome difficulties and give new hope and peace to children, parents and community.
Peace and love to all and anywhere!
Photos by Circus Heroes, taken with all accessible devices, sent to us through messenger and mails.
Children love to play. Children love to explore, discover and learn.
Creative play is a essential ingredient in the emotional and social development for every person. Sirkhane and Flying Library celebrate the beggining of the new school year with art, circus and games. We play together to discover and express imagination, creativity, education and empathy.
We shared lunch altogether with kids and their families. We provided around 200 cups of ayran and 200 plates of delicious meal made from rice with parsley, almonds and meat.
We went for a parade around the neighborhood. Dressed motly, with colorful faces, playing tambour and flute. Everybody was invited to join this happy walk.
Flying Library for the first time hosted Circus Heroes of Sirkhane! Hale, Elif, Dersim, Lava, Khalid, Eyad, Yusuf, Zuheir and Ibrahim, the coolest performers and clowns in Mardin. They entertained young and old audience with the show that they prepared and directed especially for this event. Through art they encourage kids to read and discover stories written in books.
At the end everybody moves their bodies, dance and jump like crazy.
Dear children, we wish you the new academic year to be happy, successful and playful!
Sevgili tüm çocuklar sizlere yeni eğitim ve öğtetim döneminde mutlu, başarılı ve oyun dolu bir yıl diliyoruz.
Çocuklar oyunu sever, keşfetmeyi ve öğrenmeyi de. Yaratıcı oyunlar her insanın duygusal ve sosyal gelişimi için vazgeçilmezdir. Sirkhane ve Uçan kütüphane yeni okul yılı başlangıcını sanatla, sosyal sirkle ve oyunlarla kutluyor. Empati, eğitim, yaratıcılık, keşif ve hayal gücünün keşfi için birlikte oyunlar oynuyoruz.
Khaled is an amazing boy who left his life in Syria four years ago. Now he is building his future in Mardin with the help of his family, friends and Sirkhane. He is Sirkhane student since three years. Easy learning ability, passion to circus and dance distinguished him in the classes from the first days. Natural ambition and eagerness to train in school, after school, in any possible place and situation lead him to gain very quickly many skills. Today Khaled is juggling with 5 balls, clubs, diablo, walking on stilts, riding monocycle and more. He was also taught to be a social circus trainer for children.
Khaled helps as a teacher in Sirkhane since one year. He participate in our program "training for trainers" which aims to educate local and refugee youth to be teachers in circus pedagogy.
Khaled, 2014, first year in Sirkhane school, learning acrobatics, juggling, stilts walking, diablo.
Khaled, today, empowering other Syrian kids, teaching them acrobatics, circus, performing, being a clown, friend and role model.
Khaled with his best friends and circus soulmates Eyad and Ahmet.
"Her Yerde Break" is a self made page from Khaled and his circus hero team. They are the best. Always supporting and caring about each other. Sharing love for dance, circus and Sirkhane.
Her Yerde Break >>>> https://goo.gl/m21IpH
Sirk Kahramanlarından mesaj var; 9/11/2015 'de Kampta çocuk dostu alanda gösteri yaptık, çocukları mutlu etmek için. Allah yardım ederse başka gösterilerde yapıcaz. Allahtan çocuklar gösterimizi beğendiler''
Message from Circus Hero's ''At 9/11/2015 we Maked a show in (Child friendly space) to make the kids Happy and if God Welling we will make some Other Shows Thanks God The Kids injoed The Show''
Pinaar Grooup Diyar Affan Meskini Her Yerde Sanat
Mardinde baslayan Sirk macerası Simdi Irak'ta. Irak'ın Ilk sosyal sirk grubu gururla sevgiyle coşkulu bir askla yaşayın güzel cocuklar.
Sirkhane sparkle of love. The circus started in Mardin is spreading to Iraq as well. The first social circus group in Iraq.
First Iraqi stilts walker - Majid, 17 years old, after being Sirkhane student and friend, one day he decided to go back from Turkey to Iraq and make circus there, he did it with big determination. Now he is teaching and performing for kids. This is real soul of circus pedagogy and great braveness of this young man. Congratulations Majid!
Thank you as well to whom helping us to spread the joy Wolfgang Hauck Tijen Togay Leo Mandel DieStelzer Goethe Institude Istanbul Christian Luffe Indiegogo supporters, more than 150 international circus artists and volunteers, Sirkhane volunteers all of this people has small or big contrubition on this amazing project.
Besides conflicts, crimes and bad politics happening now in the south east of Turkey there is still life going on. High security level, anger, sadness and mourning became our daily norm. Difficulties multiplying day by day limited Sirkhane activities. In these tough conditions we decided to make Social Circus Festival this year, for the fifth time. Because we believe in peace and life and we unite with whole community, waiting for better days.
These photos are documentation of the smallest circus parade happened in Mardin.
I'M A CIRCUS HERO!
BEN BİR SİRK KAHRAMANIYIM!
5.İm Sosyal Sirk Festivali sahnede!
5.Im Social Circus Festival on the stage!
Kids for Kids!
Sirkhane in tour to Antakya. Performing for Syrian Refugee kids. Stilts, juggling, hip-hop. The new generation of circus artists.
Çocuklar için çocuklar!
Sirkhane Antakya turnesinde. Suriye'li çocuklar için gösteriler yapılıyor. Tahta bacak, jonglörlük, hip-hop. Yeni çağın sirk sanatçıları.
Music Festival in Mardin. Leylan Kafe, Izla Art Kafe, Her Yerde Sanat Dernegi, Mardin Old Town Streets and many other places. Today at 16:00 concert in New Town Park.
Kardeş Türküler, Ayrik Otu, Grup Kolan, Udi Yervant, Mardin Müzik Grupları.
16:00-18:00 - Yenişehir Karayolları Parkı
Sokak Gösterileri ve Konserler
by Milena Punzi
IM TRAIN TRIP
Photo selection from: Adriana Boto and Galya Vasylenko
by Milena Punzi
From the main road coming from the airport, Mardin has the appearance of a fortress. The town overlooks the vast plain of Mesopotamia. Everything seems to flow at ease, but it is only an appearance. The small and narrow streets are swarming of people, everywhere there is movement, faces and bodies appear and disappear at every corner, everything is mixed with the sounds and smells, creating a sort of involving music, the music of Mardin. The details, like the notes in a score, make only one great melody, and the people here, as musicians, give it life, make that music play. Every musician, whit his own instrument, every artist with his own tool, each with his own job. You can hear the carpenter plannering the wood, the noise of the barber's razor on the faces, and the knife grinder sharpening the blades, the fruits and vegetables that rolls from a basket to another, the baker scrapes the bottom of the big oven when bakes the bread. Everyone is involved, all make a sound, all dance, like children laughing and playing on the streets and into the Sirkhane. This is the first impression that Mardin gives to its visitors, this is what the cameras can capture. The shots show the simplicity and the fullness of everyday’s life in the small Turkish town. The Old Masters of diminishing jobs are telling stories with their own hands, years of history and sharing, from father to son, so from the workshop room to the cinecameras the traditions are captured and documented.
First Days of the project
Vegetarian, Fresh and Delicious
by IM news team
Our cooker is an expert! Have a special talent to the kitchen. The food here is so delicious! The Turkish food are so great and here whe can taste some typical flavours of this country cooked and served for a so nice people! We start the day always in the best way! An energizer to start and wake up! This is one of the first games played in group. The game was to learn to trust each other. The password for this game is “I'M FLYING” and “I'M FOLLOWING!”. The people had so much fun! Nice game to start! And then a game to learn all names of the people! “Guess who i am”. Our days are full of energy and happyness! And we just want to share that! The terrace is the perfect spot to stay after the lunch and pratice circus numbers, playing music, taking photos and make movies!
3 DAYS to SIRKHANE crowdfunding action end.
You have seen a lot of colours and smiles on the Sirkhane photos and videos. This is all true but we have also second face. Did you seen this part of the school? We need to fix it and offer to our students as a training space, cause we have more and more kids coming to the classes but too weak conditions not allowed us host and teach all of them.
SUPPORT US igg.me/at/play-for-no-war
Kampanyamızın tamamlanmasına 3 GÜN KALDI.
Sirkhane video ve fotoğraflarında gördüğünüz gibi rengarenk insanların yüzlerinde gülücükler. Ve bu gerçek ama bir diğer tarafıda var. Okulumuzun bu kısmınıda gördünüz mü? Bu kısımları tamir edip düzenlememiz gerekir ki çocuklarımıza daha fazla eğitim alanı sunalım, çünkü eğitimlere gelmeye başlayan çocuklarımız gün geçtikçe artmakta. Çok kısıtlı imkanlar bulunmakta ve maalesef gelen çocukların hepsine var olan imkanlar ile eğitim verebilmekteyiz.
DESTEK OL igg.me/at/play-for-no-war
4. İM International Social Circus Festival is coming to Mardin. During this event Sirkhane Circus School will host around 80 international people from 18 countries. Some of them are already known in local community from the previous year festival. Circus artists: big group of aerial acrobats, jugglers, clowns, stilts walkers, moviemakers, musicians...
We are so happy that we will host artists from afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children, from the Palestinian Circus School, from ukrainian Platz Art, from armenian Circus and many other groups. With these people from war zones the theme of IM Festival 2014 - PLAY FOR NO WAR is becoming more meaningful with truly strong dimension. Play, not fight - peace through the art.
During 20 days of festival kids and local youth will receive intensive workshops and circus trainings. Last 10 days İM circus caravan with amazing shows will pass by the new and old town of Mardin and by small surrounding villages. The best is that kids students are going to perform circus with their teachers. The sandy desert of Mesopotamia will turn to a colourful, noisy, fairytale land. Come everybody to see it!
In less than 2 weeks festival will start! Count your clubs, sharp your stilts, tie high your trapez and pump up your monocycle wheels! İM tent is landing in the town!
We are organizing this Festival with fewer oportunities and conditions.
Still you can help our students on: igg.me/at/play-for-no-war. CONTRIBUTE NOW!
We would like to thank also to media and press for spreading news about Sirkhane Social Circus and Art School.
Sirkhane - Summer Social Circus School finished third week of teaching.
Five days in a week we are giving classes for kids. Every day we are discovering new talents, our students are discovering new faces of art and circus, their own skills and possibility. Each minute is bringing a new reasons to smile. One of the favourite activities in school is stilts walking. Soon our young stilts walkers will be known in whole Mardin. Girls love hola hoops, boys are impressed by hand standing. Juggling is going very well, with balls and clubs. The music surprise we are preparing is a "cup song" which teached us all how nice result can give good teamwork.
This is new association of Her Yerde Sanat!
Day by day our place is getting more beautifull and more inspiring. Art is in the air, art is on the walls, art anywhere!
We will not show you whole paintings yet, you need to see it live in our association!
This great work was made by our friends Olivera and David. There is no words to express how much we like it.
Thank you guys!
Devam eden aktivitelere ve özelliklede yazın başlatacağımız sirk okuluna katılmak isteyen tüm çocuklar ve gençler davetlidir. Dernek binamız hergün açık. Yazın başlatacağımız ücretsiz sirk okulu için daha fazla bilgi ve kayıt yakında web sitemizden yayınlanacaktır.
Our new association place is becoming a center of art and fun for kids from neighborhood.
One month ago we started drawing and painting workshops led by Olivera vel Zeytina and David vel Michael Jackson. During the meetings kids made big paintings in topic of Social Circus and Mardin city. Workshops included games, drawing warm ups, sketches, making handmade books and writing stories in it.
Other activitie we just opened is, finaly: CIRCUS WORKSHOP!
First meeting - basics - making balls and learning how to juggle with them.
Every kid who would like to participate in next meetings and specialy in Summer Circus School is welcome. Every day association is open. More info about summer actions we will publish soon.