Youth & Children’s Theatre
Our weekly Youth Theatre and Children’s Theatre in the Bekaa Valley gives Syrian refugees a platform to find their own voice. At Seenaryo we want every child to thrive so we work on: encouraging self-expression; empowering children through creativity; giving participants confidence as budding theatre-makers. At the end of each term, the children and young people perform an original show that they have devised and developed themselves. Delivered in partnership with Women Now.
This project was different – it involved group work and increased my confidence
“Aswat Seenaryo” means Seenaryo Voices. “Aswat” represents our participants’ singing voices but, just as importantly, their voices as artists and young people with something to say. Our choir sings high-quality music from around the world, developing participants’ musical horizons, as well as writing songs collaboratively as a choir. Aswat Seenaryo also collaborates with choirs in the UK, increasing cultural exchange and mutual understanding. We perform around Lebanon to local audiences, other refugee groups and at high-profile concerts and festivals. Delivered in partnership with Women Now with support from SPACE.
Aswat Seenaryo made me appreciate my country, Syria
During the holidays Seenaryo run weeklong intensive projects where our artists collaborate with participants to create an original piece of theatre. Every aspect of the show is devised from scratch: script, songs, dances and design. The performance is shared with friends and the public on the final evening. As with all of Seenaryo’s work, training is a central aspect and we work alongside four young trainees each week. Many Showbuilds continue to live after their debut being re-worked, re-rehearsed and toured locally by our trainees.
It has been a great experience and it helped me to tell the truth - in a funny way because that's the best way to reach people
Seenaryo will soon be launching its first Women’s Theatre programme for Syrian women in the Bekaa Valley. Professional artists will lead the programme with a focus on creating powerful, high-quality performances. Delivered in partnership with Women Now.
Party With Seenaryo
Party With Seenaryo is a unique cross-cultural experience where people from around the globe get the opportunity to party with Syrians & Palestinians in Lebanon via a video livestream. The aim of these parties is to bring together music lovers from different sides of the world, and also challenge audiences locally and internationally to reassess cultural assumptions about refugees, and promote international dialogue in solidarity with them.
As part of the Southbank Centre’s 2017 Meltdown Festival (curated by hip-hop star M.I.A) Seenaryo hosted a party in Riwaq Café, which featured music from local Syrian DJs YaKuzan and Zaki, and an iftar party in Shatila refugee camp with playlists curated by Palestinian young people.