The theatre project Elmina in Jaffa offers shows for the whole family; these shows are produced with a lot of professional care and commitment, either originating in Jewish or Arab culture. Values such as openness and respect are put across in a creative and playful manner.
Jaffa is a place with a very diverse population, composed of Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis. Significant social and economic differences cause many tensions. The port of Jaffa is a place where, especially on the weekends, a lot of people meet to spend their free time, also from the adjacent Tel Aviv.
Exactly at this vibrant spot, the popular Israeli actor Norman Issa, from Arab descent himself, founded a theatre, together with his wife Gidona Raz, a Jewish playwright and drama therapist. It shows exciting and entertaining theater performances for children and youngsters of all ages, enjoyed as well by the grown-ups. Some of the plays were written especially for Elmina. Even school classes come time and again to enjoy the plays. Meanwhile, Elmina presents its performances at various venues throughout Israel and regularly at children's theatre festivals.
Talented young actors play in Arabic, Hebrew or without words. They thus have the chance to develop their skills under competent training and supervision. At Elmina, children get in touch with the other culture and experience it as something fascinating. After the show, doing handicraft works together and having conversations, depending on their age, deepen and intensify what they have seen. The children themselves also get the opportunity to experience the world of acting in special workshops.
IrespectU is convinced about the quality of the performances as well as about the meaningful concept and the involvement of the staff. Therefore we support the project financially because we want to help Elmina to continue its program successfully.
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