The I’m festival takes place every year in Mardin in southeastern Turkey, a Kurdish region where the political climate is tense, to say the least. In Mardin, 44% of the population is under the age of 24 years. The lack of cultural and artistic offer prevents young people from the region to develop their creativity or access ideas and worldviews different from their own. Organizing an international circus festival in Mardin provides new opportunities for the youth of the surrounding communities.

The theme of the event: Play for no war, expresses the social dimension of this particular circus festival. Most activities are aimed at communities of refugees from neighboring countries and are conducted by French and European artists, but also by young artists from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine or Syria.

The I’m festival is organized by the association Her Yerde Sanat with our help. In September 2014, it hosted 40 circus, comedians, mimes, dancers and musicians from all over Europe and the Middle East to facilitate workshops and present performances in several cities in the region.

nomadways-IMfestival-2014-17Un court métrage présentant les ateliers animés à Mardin au cours du festival :

The film was directed by Adriana Boto, Bianca Martins, Elisabete Magalhaes, Galya Vasilenko and Pedro Vieira.

Images of a juggling workshop in the Iraki refugee camp of Mardin:

The film was directed by Aleksandra Miciak.

A video shows the performance of the aerialist Frieda K. Owl:

The film was directed by Aleksandra Miciak.

This is a clip of the hoola hoop performance of Vinka Delgado Segurado:

The film was directed by Aleksandra Miciak.

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