In the last two months, Tiempo de Juego organized two events that strived to change the negative imaginaries associated to the life and the community of Cazucá. The first of these events, a cultural festival called Cazucá Sueña (Cazucá Dreams), was planned and executed by the children and youth who participate weekly in the music and theatre classes offered by Tiempo de Juego. The second event, the TEDxCazucá, was organized by team members from Tiempo de Juego, as well as by some of Cazuca’s emblematic leaders.
Both events drew inspiration from sociological studies that document the positive impact that art, creativity, and culture can have on vulnerable communities. These interventions allowed participants and the larger community to develop an identity of empowerment and self-awareness, while also serving as a channel of expression. In fact, both initiatives sought to encourage children and youth to dream of being young artists and cultural leaders, deserving of a dignifying life project. Thanks to your credibility and trust in our work, we have been able to organize creative activities and events where the community of Cazucá has seen that, despite living in a complicated reality, it is possible to reach your goals and demonstrate to the world that Cazucá dreams on.
In our last report, we told you about the creation of our new audiovisual and recording center “Labzucá”. Labzucá is a creative center for audiovisual production that is equipped with some of the latest digital recording and audiovisual technologies. This is a space where sharing, imagination and creativity are used as tools to promote positive social change and sense of belonging. Labzucá’s main goal is to provide economic opportunities for residents and give Tiempo de Juego more visibility, triggering possible new future partnerships.
In june, our dream came true. A Latin-American well known singer, Fonseca, came to visit our studio Labzucá and he even recorded a song with some of the community cultural leaders that have made up their own musical band: 12 Pasos Flow. Fonseca and 12 Pasos Flow sang a song –composed by the youth from Cazucá – supporting Colombia’s soccer team participation in the World Cup as well as encouraging people to play and use soccer for triggering peace and positive social transformation.
Thanks to your support, this dream has come true. You can now watch a video song that has attracted national media, hence giving visibility to Tiempo de Juego’s activities and changing imaginaries of what it means to live in Cazucá:
In April 26, 2014th Tiempo de Juego will be inaugurating its creative laboratory, “Labzucá”, a place that will be ran and used by youth from the community of Cazucá. We are convinced of the positive impact culture has on local development and social cohesion and the convening power of audiovisuals and music amidst the youth. Labzucá will offer a place where sharing, imagination and creativity will be used as tools to promote positive social change and sense of belonging. This creative laboratory will also permit youth to receive training and learn new technologies that will encourage them to dream in being young artists and cultural managers with a dignifying life project.
Thanks to Llorona Records, our main partner in this project, qualification programs will be developed in Labzucá, training youth in audiovisual creation and music production. Finally, it is thanks your confidence in our mission that we have been able to create a place that will trigger the democratization of cultural resources and technology in a community where there are many young latent talents but few opportunities and trust. With your support, Labzucá will now be home of young creators, journalists and musicians that, in the short-term, will be able to record their own dreams.
Tiempo de Juego, in partnership with the non-profit organization Colombianitos, has been selected by the FIFA to participate in the Football for Hope Festival that will take place in Rio de Janeiro in July 2014th. Organizations of 100 countries around the world applied to this program and, according to their social merits and community working experience, only 32 were chosen to make part of this event. The festival’s main goal is to create a scenario of cultural and social exchange where different non-profit organizations will be able to share their experiences and present the positive social impact their own work has had in various communities.
For a whole week, the young community leaders, selected by each organization, will be the core of the program, participating in cultural and sports activities where they will have the opportunity to meet each other and work as a group. During the last days of the festival, a soccer tournament, based on values such as respect, team work and solidarity, will be played between the different organizations’ team.
It is thanks to you that Tiempo de Juego has had the opportunity to participate and therefore make some of the children’s’ dream come true. With your support, each of our sporting team has improved its quality and has upscale its coverage, now benefiting, as a whole, around 2500 children and youth from two vulnerable communities in Colombia. Nowadays, all our children and youth receive an important technical and psycho-social training, which uses sports to form them as principal transforming social agents.
During Tiempo de Juego´s end of the year celebration event our Music and Theater groups had the opportunity to showcase their work through a workshop with where parents got to experience some of the activities that make up our theatre training as well as take part in our musical presentation that had an audience of around 400 members of the community of Altos de Cazuca.
Now, with the start of a new year our energy is focused on strengthening our process and empowering young men and women that aspire to becoming music and theatre teachers as well as those that dream of becoming cultural entrepreneurs. Thus, our participants will take part in a training process that will give them the tools they will need so that they may be the leaders, teachers and organizers of Tiempo de Juegos theater and music activities in the near future.
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