Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration
(SI.DA.SCI.)

A Youth Exchange project based on a transnational cooperation between young people in Greece and Germany with the support of two partners:
ECHODRAMA Cultural Group (Greece) and PROJEKT-IL (Germany).

Athens, Greece
08/12/2019 - 22/12/2019

The Erasmus+ project with the title "Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration" was successfully implemented in Athens (Greece)


The Erasmus+ project with the title "Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration" was successfully implemented in Athens (Greece) from December 08 till December 22, 2019. It was organised by 46 young people (musicians and dancers) based in Greece and Germany with the support of two partners: Echodrama Cultural Group (Greece) and Projekt-il (Germany). It was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through I.NE.DI.VI.M., the National Agency for Erasmus+ for the Youth sector in Greece. The participants (dancers and musicians) explored ways to incorporate traditional elements from the music and dance of other cultures (including immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures in Europe) in contemporary European music and dance. This incorporation led to the development of new music and dance creations and activities which integrated elements from different cultures, including the immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures.

A summary video of the project:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sxdDfKVkRY&t=5s

To see photographs from the mobility activity, click here








Youth exchange project in Athens, Greece

Project description

Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration

This Youth Exchange project is based on a transnational cooperation between young people in Greece and Germany with the support of two partners: ECHODRAMA Cultural Group (Greece) and PROJEKT-IL (Germany) and will take place in Athens, Greece.

The main reasons behind the participants’ decision to carry out this project are to develop, through peer learning and methods of non-formal education, the following:

- the enhancement of the participants’ professional competences,

- their awareness of socially relevant topics,

- the process of discovering new cultural elements in music and dance,

- the strengthening of values like solidarity and friendship.

By implementing this project, the participants (dancers and musicians) will explore ways to incorporate traditional elements from the music and dance of other cultures (including immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures in Europe) in contemporary European music and dance. This incorporation will lead to the development of new music and dance creations and activities which will integrate elements from different cultures, including the immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures. Music and dance creations and activities, being borderless by nature and including elements from the immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures, will help them to feel more familiar with the European culture and facilitate their cultural integration.

The main needs that the participants are seeking to address through this project are:

- the need for cultural integration in Europe,

- the need for the promotion of diversity and intercultural dialogue using as a tool the borderless language of the arts of music and dance,

- the need to increase their capacities in creating new music and dance pieces incorporating elements from different cultures, including immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures, in European culture, thus facilitating the integration of immigrants and refugees.

The objectives of this project are:

  1. to enhance peer learning and cooperation between young people and organisations in the youth field,
  1. to foster an intercultural dialogue that intends to be an inspiration for learning about diversityissues,
  1. to develop the participants’ professional competences, making them competitive in the culturallabour market,
  1. to improve the capacities of the participants in developing dance and music creations andactivities incorporating elements of other cultures (including elements of the refugees’ and immigrants’ cultures) in European culture,
  1. to facilitate the integration of young refugees in Europe by exposing them to dance and music creations and activities which integrate elements from their own cultures in European contemporary culture,
  1. to provide respect for cultural diversity, to challenge viewpoints that perpetuate inequality and discrimination and to offer participants the opportunity to identify common values with persons from different countries in spite of their cultural differences.

The "Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration" project is planned to take place in Athens, Greece, from the 9th till the 21th of December 2019 (December 8 and 22 will be the travel days). The youth mobility activity will take place in a professional dance school in Athens. The presentation of the case studies created by the participants during the mobility activity will take place at a cultural centre of Athens.

The participants have already planned and prepared this mobility project and they will contribute to the activities with their own skills.

This youth exchange program has been designed by the participants to include the following basic elements of the planned activities:

- workshops and exercises,

- case studies which include the development of music and dance creations and activities integrating elements from different cultures,

- parallel activities and events,

- daily reports by the participants,

- a final presentation of the developed music and dance creations and activities at a cultural centre in Athens,

- evaluations.

The learning process in this youth exchange project is triggered by methods of non-formal education and peer learning. The main method which will be used is peer learning through action learning. The participants will actively participate in peer group discussions. The learning activities will take place in a diverse range of environments and situations and they will be carried out with the support of the group leaders. This non-formal learning will be enriched by examples of successful music and dance creations which will integrate elements from different cultures, including the immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures.

This project is addressed to 46 participants (40 young musicians and dancers and 6 group leaders) and it aims at the participants’ professional competences, the improvement of their techniques in incorporating new cultural elements in music and dance, the strengthening of values like solidarity and friendship, and the enhancement of their knowledge related to inclusion, diversity and cultural integration issues.

Out of the 46 participants, 12 are immigrants and refugees in the participating countries. Out of these 46 participants, 23 are based in Greece (3 of them are immigrants and refugees) and 23 are based in Germany (9 of them are immigrants and refugees). From the 46 participants, 6 are group leaders: 3 are based in Greece and 3 are based in Germany.

The characteristics of the 40 young musicians and dancers are the following:

- expression of interest for participation in the project

- young dancers or musicians (18-30 years old)

- are residents in the participating countries

- 12 of them are immigrants or refugees in the participating countries

- are educated and experienced enough in order to be able to contribute constructively in the nonformal learning experience which they will organise and implement

- are interested in cultural integration issues

- have experience in working with immigrants and refugees or are interested in working with them

- are committed to the transfer of knowledge and skills to other participants and to further exploit the learning outcomes

- gender balance

- good knowledge of the English language.

All of the group leaders are music, dance and dance-theatre teachers experienced in working with marginalised youth, including immigrants and refugees. Most of them have worked in music, dance and dance-theatre projects involving immigrants and refugees. They are experienced in promoting the cultural integration of marginalised young people through the arts of music and dance. Also, they are experienced in teaching and developing dance and music creations and activities incorporating elements of other cultures (including elements of the immigrants' and refugees' cultures) in European culture.

The expected results and impact envisaged are:

- Enhancement of the capacity of the participants through the sharing of knowledge and skills with other participants.

- Increase of the capacities of participants in developing dance and music creations and activities to be used as a tool for the cultural integration of immigrants and refugees.

- Increase of the capacities of participants in approaching marginalised young people and promoting diversity, intercultural dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights through music and dance creations and activities.

- Increase their knowledge and skills in discovering new cultural elements in music and dance, being offered a tool which will make them competitive in the cultural labour market, widening their professional horizons and making them unique and original.

- Enhancement of the capacity of the participants in networking with peers coming from different cultural backgrounds.

- Increase of the participants’ awareness on intercultural issues and on promoting integration through music and dance creations and activities.

- Increase of the participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to develop a sense of European citizenship and identity.

- Improvement of the participants’ interpersonal and social competences, cultural awareness and expression, interest in European topics, awareness of common European values (human rights, democracy, tolerance, etc.) and multiculturalism issues, particularly integration issues.

- Enhancement of the capacity of the partners in their support for young marginalised people, including immigrants and refugees.

- Improvement of the quality of non-formal teaching in youth work, enhancing cooperation between the partners and organisations in the youth field.

- Marginalised young people will be encouraged to incorporate elements from their own culture in contemporary European culture, thus facilitating their own cultural integration and the shaping of their own cultural identity.

- The project will help young marginalised people, including immigrants and refugees, to socialise and express themselves without necessarily speaking immediately the host country language.

- Marginalised young people will learn to creatively express their feelings, facilitating communication between them and the local community.

- The project will contribute positively to the development of the personality of marginalised young people, including immigrants and refugees, and will help towards their integration in the European environment enhancing mutual cultural understanding and fostering intercultural dialogue.

- The project will contribute to social integration through the development of new music and dance creations and activities which will integrate traditional and contemporary elements, promoting different cultures, including the immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures.

According to the participants’ envisionment, the newly developed music and dance creations and activities will have as a result to unite cultures, to provide respect for cultural diversity and to offer them the opportunity to identify common values with persons from different countries in spite of their cultural differences.

The project will serve as an example for similar national and European projects in the future.

Participating organisations

ECHODRAMA Cultural Group (Greece)

ECHODRAMA Cultural Group is a non-profit cultural organisation founded in 2006 and based in Athens, Greece. Its main objectives are:
• the promotion of the cultural integration of youth and students in multicultural schools, by presenting dance-theatre performances dramatising the history, literature and philosophy of Greece, using the language of dance,thus teaching youth who don’t necessarily speak the Greek language,
• the cultural education of performing arts teachers on integration issues through performing arts, taking into consideration the need for integration of marginalised groups in the culture of the host country,
• the promotion of Greek culture in Greece and abroad, through the creation of dance and dance-theatre productions, which combine contemporary dance with other forms of performing arts (music and digital art),
• the development of capacity of dance teachers, dancers and choreographers in contemporary dance and dance-theatre,
• the organisation of contemporary dance and dance-theatre seminars and workshops.

PROJEKT-IL (Germany)

PROJEKT-IL is an organisation whose goal is to produce theatre arts creations which reflect perceptions of social issues, integration issues and gender issues. PROJEKT-IL produces theatre and theatre arts projects for traditional stage spaces as well as for public spaces with unconventional and innovative ideas. PROJEKT-IL’s cross-generational theater projects involve both professional collaborations and participatory public theater.


The "Sing your Music, Dance your Culture, Support Cultural Integration" project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Greek national agency I.NE.DI.VI.M.