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Vasilis Tziokas

2018/19 Athens

Vasilis is currently living in Athens, doubling as a professional in the field of displaced unaccompanied minors' protection, as well as working as a writer and filmmaker. He has a BA in Psychology and a Professional Diploma in filmmaking, and his dissertation focuses on divergent thinking and creative writing (MA Applied Cognitive and Developmental Psychology). His artistic collaborations include organisations such as "Michael Cacoyannis" Foundation and Piraeus Municipal Theatre, and his short films are shown in various festivals.

In 2018 his START Placement in Düsseldorf with Zakk marks a unique opportunity for him to engage in exciting collaborations, get inspired by other professionals in the field, and obtain a multiperspective intercultural experience: all further fuel his project work!

Deeply convinced of the power of collaboration and diversity, he seeks to bring his dreams to life in Athens, on a creative journey full of interweaved personal and collective narratives. He is determined to provide groups of excluded minorities with tools to discover and develop mutual discourse with the local community, through a series of non-traditional, outdoor, site-specific, creative writing activities (roadtrip anyone?). So, fasten your seatbelts and start the engines: ‘The Campfire Stories’ have begun!!

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Campfire Stories

''Campfire Stories'' is an initiative addressed to teenagers, emerging adults and young adults, from diverse, underprivileged groups (people of color, victims of any form of violence or discrimination, refugees, unemployed, immigrants, marginalised members of the LGBTQI community), with inclination to creative writing or drawing, who want to communicate issues they are dealing with, through storytelling.
It emphasizes on the philosophy of the creation of safe and bonded groups of 7-8 persons, and the use of public space as the field where experiences get shared and stories are collaboratively developed. The groups will have the chance to connect, get stimulated and co-create, on
outdoors and site-specific workshops, inspired by the neighborhood's cultural heritage and engage the local community to participate too, through interactive community events. The final creative product, with a contribution by neighborhood's collective brainstorming sessions, will be
an illustrated short stories collection.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Campfirestories@zakk

Bringing together diverse, excluded individuals, to help them collaboratively and innovatively create and communicate their stories.

The goal of this initiative is to bring together diverse, different and not included aspiring writers (students, young adults, refugees, people of color, women, unemployed, struggling writers), who through a series of alternative outdoor creative writing workshops, will create narratives that they will finally present at the end of every cycle in front of the local community, members of the creative industry and of course the rest of the participants. The aim of this initiative is to give tools and opportunities to the disembodied and vulnerable to be trained in narrative writing, help them express their unique voices and passions, motivate them to network with each other and start a conversation between the writing groups, the community, and the creative industries, forming this way an ever-growing core of passionate individuals.

By using the term ''Campfire Stories'' we want to emphasize on the philosophy of the creation of safe and bonded teams of 5-6 persons where interesting, original and personal ideas will be shared, constructive feedback and productive speech will take place and stories will be collaborately developed under ''unique'' conditions, before they will finally be presented for the information and pleasure of the audiences and the strengthen of the community.

Host Institution

zakk

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 “...how 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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