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.

ELEMENTS

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.

APPROACH

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.

VISION

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.
Martha Bouziouri
DOME PROJECT/DOME EVENT Director

She is a multidisciplinary arts and humanities practitioner with a background in Social Anthropology, Cultural Management, Theatre and Communication Studies. Her work is divided into 3 distinct but organically overlapping fields: direction of cross-media projects, ethnographic research and theatre making. As a social anthropologist with a focus on arts and migration, as well as the cross-media/theatre producer and co-founder of plays2place, she has designed and implemented a series of trans-cultural projects across EuroMENA, introducing a methodology that combines elements of participatory action research, documentary art and intervention. Her main works and publications include aspects of identity representation, the transformations of solidarity practices, as well as ethical, participatory models for human rights advocacy, awareness and integration.

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Lazaros Damanis
DOME PROJECT Coordinator
He is an entrepreneur with a focus on the dynamics of Creative Industries and Cultural Clusters as tools for social and economic growth. For nine years he worked for the European Music Day Institution in Hellas (concerts producer and coordinator of projects in relation to the music industry and interregional partnerships). His portfolio includes projects related to youth, art, social and solidarity economy, migration and intercultural dialogue. As project designer for Thessaloniki 2014 – European Youth Capital, he was awarded with a “Best Practice” title by the Council of Europe, for the results achieved regarding youth inclusion through cultural initiatives. He entered Cultural Innovators Network in 2014 and was elected to become part of the Networks’ Steering Committee in 2016. His life moto is “Dream to exist… Exist to dream…”
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