An art project at Louisiana Museum brings young refugees and Danish students together. New Times was there to talk with them about art, culture and bad memories.
Friday the 9th of October started an art project about Danish culture at the museum Louisiana. Young Danes and young refugees who wanted to know more about Danish culture was there. The refugees were accompanied by instructors who introduced them to Danish culture and the Danish students did a theater about “liberty”.
I asked some of the young refugees about this art.
Do you like theater and why?
“Theater allows to express thoughts in order to inform the public and the people on the lifestyles of various people and the circumstances they face every day in this world. That is the reason which make us to like theater,” says on of the young refugees.
Can the theater help you in your current situation?
“Of course the theater helps to let go the loss of lifestyle as well as the culture in which we lived.”
What do you play now?
“We play about the freedom of people, inspiring by events in our own country.”
What have you learned from this?
“We got to know more about Danish culture. We try to immerse ourselves in this culture and to assimilate in it, while keeping connection with our own. In our country each of us had dreams and desires, but unfortunately the war has destroyed every dream and hope that we try to find again in the Danish culture.”
Questions for Danish students:
What do you think about this project?
“We think this is a good idea, because when young refugees participate with us, they learn our culture and integrate.“
Questions for the teacher:
Has the project been a success?
“Absolutely, the contact between the young refugees and the Danish students has discovered other cultures unknown by each other. And we hope that other cultural projects will be created to influence more refugees to participate.”
Personally, I think art, education and sport help young refugees to flourish in their new life and help them to erase bad memories from a country torn by war.