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Salam-Irini Ampoumogli

2019/20 Athens

Irini is an actress with an MA in Stage Direction (University of Thessaloniki, Lassaâd École Internationale de Théâtre, Brussels). Her interest and activism in intersectional feminisms and social inequalities also led her to obtain an MA in Sociology (University of Crete). She has worked as a theatre teacher in primary schools for children with various disabilities, and, in collaboration with several institutions (Hellenic Network of Theatre in Education, Centre for Gender Research - University of Crete, Irini has used her experience and academic background to participate in and create performances and educational programs to raise awareness of racism and gender stereotypes for youths and adults.

Passionate about learning and challenging herself in unknown territories, Irini often travels around Europe to meet grassroot feminist groups, learn new theatrical techniques, or just for the joy of meeting new people and diverse cultures! Irini deeply believes in the necessity of feminism in contemporary societies and the transformational power of theatre. Her fellowship in the START program in 2019 came as a great opportunity to gain experience in cultural management and expand her tools in the field of social culture, helping her meet her aim to combine feminist practices with education and theatre in order to empower women* in rural areas of Crete.


Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

The Veghera Project

The aim of the project is to work with women in villages of Crete about gender parity through participatory techniques. The basic idea of the initiative is to have a van which will carry a mobile library as well as theatre props and multimedia and that will travel in villages, rural and distant areas to raise gender awareness. The van will also include information about women's health, gender/domestic violence and women's entrepreneurship. It can function as a training spot in how to confront gender stereotypes, a safe space to connect, or as an exchange place between the local communities of women. It will be a nomadic experience of awareness and empowerment.

Host Institution


zakk GmbH is a socio-cultural center with a diverse and ambitious cultural program. The program is mainly focused on the departments of “Wort & Bühne” (word and stage), music, intercultural work, discos, projects and politics. Visitors of zakk have all kinds of social backgrounds and people of any age are welcome, from teenagers gifted with a literary talent to seniors interested in “ to use the internet properly?” The zakk cultural center is a nonprofit organization and the sole partner is the registered organization zakk e.V.

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