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Katerina Pistola

2019/20 Patras

Katerina Pistola has graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting of Ionian University and works as a freelance translator/subtitler. She has worked as project coordinator in youth mobility programs like the Trip to Heterotopies with Via Brachy in France and Greece, and in documentaries with Cinergies Coop. As a member of Kids in Action and X-Saltibagos, she has being initiated in puppetry and aerial acrobatics and gained professional experience working as animator with CreArt Events in Corfu. Involved in grassroots activist movements, she has implemented small-scale sociocultural events. By joining START Fellowship Program in 2019, she anticipates a fruitful continuation of her quest in liaising with a broader populace to raise awareness on racism and gender stereotypes through the art of storytelling and other performing arts. Spurred by the vision for an intergenerational and intercultural meeting ground, Mythbaggers Participatory Project hopes to help build inclusive behaviours in schools and the local community of Patras.

 

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Mythbaggers

Mythbaggers, like mountaineers who attempt to reach a collection of summits, derive their name from the concept of mythbagging which will be used as a tool to reflect on traditional hero(in)es and perpetuating gender roles in them. The collection of myths will be an intergenerational and intercultural activity in which minors and seniors, from underprivileged and migrant origin will grapple with the complex concept of gender, empathy and understanding. In addition to this, those communities will be challenged with the power and potential of storytelling to reinforce self-regard but also the importance of appreciating others, no matter how unfamiliar they may appear. Minimising distinctions and making individual attributes and skills a priority, we can help reduce stereotypes, discrimination and bias, and instead, build inclusive behaviours in our societies.

Host Institution

Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz

The Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz (KUBUS gGmbH) was built together with the residential area „Am Schlaatz“ in the mid-1980s. The house served as a youth club and was by then the largest youth institution in Potsdam. Today, Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz with its associated youthclub „Alpha“ is one of Potsdam’s biggest community and neighbourhood centers. It offers a public cultural, social and educational space and therefore receives a basic grant by the City of Potsdam.

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