IN A NUTSHELL
The Dome Project is a cross-media umbrella project that maps, networks and empowers solidarity initiatives that respond to the most urgent challenges across Europe, Middle East and North Africa. It is an original idea and production of plays2place productions, supported by the Goethe-Institut and Cultural Innovators Network.
CONCEPT OF SOLIDARITY
The Dome Project understands solidarity as the culture of sociopolitical awareness and engagement. It promotes long-lasting relations of mutual support, inclusion and participation. It is inspired by people who perceive and practice solidarity on the basis of dignity, equality and empowerment and intends to bring them in the foreground, being initiators, supporters, beneficiaries or simultaneously, all of the above. In this line, it is detached from top-down, charity-oriented humanism activated in emergency contexts.
The DOME PROJECT consists of 3 basic elements: - DOME EVENT (http://thedomeevent.net) is the annual big scale event of the DOME PROJECT. Each year, it introduces a different sociopolitical priority issue from the perspective of solidarity, opening a space for awareness, networking, knowledge exchange and intervention through its interdisciplinary spectrum of activities. - DOME PROJECT SATELLITE ACTIVITIES are smaller-scale activities around priority issues that have been originally introduced during the DOME EVENT. They reflect the DOME PROJECT’s dynamic, long-term engagement with these issues in a sustainable and decentralized manner. - DOME NETWORK OF AMBASSADORS (http://thedomeproject.net/get-involved.html) is a newly established network of dedicated cultural practitioners, human rights advocates and social researchers with the mission to research and promote good practices of solidarity through mapping, reporting and advocacy activities.
The Dome Project is a dynamic project with strong sociopolitical awareness. Its focus is determined by the current challenges and transformations occurring in the region. The Dome Project identifies a priority issue through an extensive research and mapping process implemented by the Dome Network of Ambassadors, introduces it through the annual DOME EVENT and continues to work on it through its Satellite Activities.
The Dome Project aspires to be established as an active hub that promotes existing and supports new solidarity initiatives and synergies in EuroMENA region and beyond. In this effort, it builds a growing online and offline presence through its wide spectrum of activities and encourages committed individuals and organizations to join its vision and multiply its impact.