French Human Rights Award to Belarus Free Theatre

NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS Press release The French Republic Awards in Defense of Human Rights 2007 The French Republic Awards in Defense of Human Rights of the National Advisory Committee on Human Rights (CNCDH) awards action-oriented projects irrespective of nationality and national frontiers. Five organizations or persons whose projects fulfill one of the two topics set by the jury are awarded annually. This year the aim of the jury was to award the actions held in the course of struggle with human traffic, a contemporary form of slavery, which is an impairment of human dignity and a violation of basic human rights; as well as the projects aimed at observation and defense of freedom of opinion, expression and information – a basic freedom. The laureates of 2007 who will share the grant at the rate of 75000 euro provided by the Prime Minister of France are the following: Three Chinese lawyers, Mo Shaping, Li Jingsong, Teng Biao, are symbolic figures for the movement of human rights’ defense. Due to their decisive actions aimed at the promotion of freedom of opinion, expression and information the lawyers play an essential part in the development of the civil society in China. The Belarus Free Theatre, represented by Nikolai Khalezin, a playwright, and Natalia Koliada, a journalist and human rights defender, Vladimir Scherban, director, stages and performs productions encouraging the promotion of freedom of expression. The activity of Free Theatre demonstrates persistence and resolution of the artists in the face of intimidation and prosecution which human right defenders often have to encounter. The Cairo Human Rights Research Institute elaborates the project entitled “cultural evolvement of freedom of expression in the Mediterranean region”. It is aimed, through organization of forums and colloquia, at observation of freedom of expression and opinion as well as the development of the initiative in the Egyptian society and the whole Arabic world. “The Solidary Children of Africa and the World” association fights against children traffic at the Bopa municipality of Benin. Its activity is aimed at attraction of attention of families to readapting of the affected children, as well as creation of the supervising committee on children’s rights.    “The Maurice Sixto House” of Haiti fights against children’s slavery, which is a widespread occurrence in the city sphere. Over 30000 children of humble and rural background are confided by their parents to city families in order to work as domestic servants in exchange for accommodation and education and many of them are being treated as real slaves.        

RAMI – Int'l Encounters on Arts & Multimedia – France/Lebanon

4 – 14 octobre 2007 / October 4 – 14, 2007
Le Tournesol – Beyrouth / The Sunflower – Beirut            
لقاءات دولية حول الفنون والوسائل المتعددة الوسائط
4 الى 14 تشرين الاول 2007 في بيروت/المرحلة الخامسة
                                                                                                           R A M I Rencontres Arts et Multimédia InternationalesInternational Encounters on Arts and Multimedia

 Nouvelles Technologies Appliquées à l’Art II – New Technologies Applied to Art II 
Corps, mouvement et multimédia II – Body, Movement and Multimedia II 
Diffusion d'un objet audiovisuel interactif sur Internet  II –Transmission of Interactive Audiovisual Object on the Internet II 
Ecriture de projets arts et multimédia – Writing Arts and Multimedia
Projects Séminaires interdisciplinaires – Interdisciplinary Seminars 
Cellule technique transversale – Transversal Technical Unit    

5 advanced workshops in multimediaParticipants’ profile: artists in photography, in audiovisual arts, in performing arts and in graphic arts.  Goal: Application of digital technology to the different artistic disciplines.  The goal of the workshops is to coach artists to make the 1st step toward professionalism in multimedia. Class Masters: France:Anne Le Batard, dancer & choreographer (Ex-Nihilo)Delphine Rochette, multimedia designerMarine Quiniou, musician and multimedia designer Renaud Vercey, video and multimedia designer Claudine Dussolier, chief multimedia projects  Lebanon:Jean- Pierre NOUN, sound designer & photographerNancy Naous, dancer and choreographerRicardo Mbarkho: new media artist and theoristTarek Atoui, musician / programmer.

Abdo Nawar, play director and audiovisual artist

Conditions:  Schedule: 8 hours per dayFees: 50 EGP (Egyptian participants)

            50$ (Lebanese participants)

 Deadline for sending applications: August 26, 2007  


 5 ateliers de perfectionnement multimédiaPublic visés: artistes dans les domaines de la photo, de l’audio-visuel, des arts scéniques, du graphique et des arts plastiques. But: Articulation et application du numérique dans les différents domaines artistiques  La finalité des ateliers est de former des artistes pour franchir le premier pas vers le professionnalisme en matière de la multimédia. Pilotes: France:Anne Le Batard, danseuse et chorégraphe (Cie Ex-Nihilo)Delphine Rochette, conceptrice multimédiaMarine Quiniou, musicienne et conceptrice multimédiaRenaud Vercey, vidéaste, concepteur multimédiaClaudine Dussolier,  conceptrice projets multimédia Liban:Jean- Pierre Noun, concepteur sonore et photographeNancy Naous, danseuse et chorégrapheRicardo Mbarkho: artiste et théoricien nouveaux médias Tarek Atoui: musicien / programmeurAbdo Nawar, metteur en scène et vidéaste 
Conditions: Horaires: 8 heures par jourCoût:   50 LE (Pour les participants Egyptiens)            50$ (Pour les participants Libanais) 

Date limite d’envoi des candidatures: le 26 août 2007      

  • Svp, envoyer votre CV et une lettre de motivation.

Votre dossier sera étudié par un comité qui vous suggérera un atelier à suivre.


  • Please send your CV and a motivation letter

Your file will be studied by a committee who will propose to you the workshop to follow. 

Pour toute question ou remise de candidature                                                   

For any question or candidature proposalEmail  – Info:

International Student Theatre Festival – Franche Comté

The University Theatre of Franche Comté is an association whose main
purpose is to introduce students and other members of the university to
live theatre through a programme of activities which includes workshops
(including workshops led by visiting personns), conferences and the
publication of a learned journal.

Within the framework of these activities, we organise each year, as we
have done for many years now, an International Student Theatre
Festival, which is a real opportunity for cultural exchange, and is
thus our principal reason for contacting you.

The aim of the festival is to welcome 4 to 5 companies in our city, to
cover half-board accomodation and free public transport in Besançon to
unable them to meet, with other?s customs habits and culturethrow
pratical theater workshops. In parrallel we organize a serie of
cultural eventslinking with guests countries (conferences, exhibitions,
network of relevant local association). For that purpose, we will cover
the coast of renting an auditorium in the city centre.

On the occasion of the 17° edition of our festival we would like to
focus on Asia but remain to any other suggestion.Therefore we are
loocking for university theater companiesfrom Asia or anywhere in the
world who might be interested in our project and who might which to
produce a show in Besançon. Any link your company might have with Asia
will be a plus and shows for children will also be welcomme.

This festival, our 17th International Student Theatre Festival, will
take place from 31st March to 3 rd April 2008 in Besançon, the capital
of Franche Comté, in France.

Thank you for your attention, and we look forward very much to hearing
from you.

Yours faithfully

Marion Goudeau
On behalf of the UTFC team

– Théâtre universitaire de Franche-Comté
Maison des étudiants
36 A avenue de l'observatoire
25030 Besançon cedex
Tél :
site :

[magdalena] nuevo en los foros / new on the forums

Trickster Teatro on tour – Italy and Colombia, August-September
Mappa Mundi – workshop with Beavers Arts, UK
Workshop with Ang Gey Pin, France, 11-30 September
Rachel Rosenthal performance class, LA, Sept-Oct
Homenaje a los desplazados, Bogota, Colombia
The Magdalena Project – international network of women in contemporary theatre
El Proyecto Magdalena: Red Internacional de mujeres en el teatro contemporaneo