New Faces, Shared Dreams
New Faces, Shared Dreams is a giant collective poem. The poem was written together with people with a refugee background who recently came to The Netherlands. We have met them this summer at one of the beautiful festivals on the Dutch islands or in Leeuwarden. Like so many other young people, they worked there as volunteers.
New Faces, Shared Dreams acts as a window into their wishes, hopes and visions for the future while they are on the move looking for freedom and new chances in life.
The poem was written for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe and is projected on the side of the De Harmonie at the Ruiterskwartier, Leeuwarden.
The poem is a project by Morten Søndergaard and written in collaboration with Hayyan Mezher, Efi Papadopolous, Chris Keulemans, Mahshid Mokhannaki, Osama Alloush, Hooman Nassimi and Shahira Safadi. It was made possible with the contribution from a 100 different people.
NEW FACES invited people who recently came from countries in Africa and the Middle East to enrich the volunteer pools of festivals in The Netherlands. This resulted in a beautiful festival summer, new friendships, new work experience, and bigger networks: a great start to build a new life in a new country.
Below is a picture of the reunion we organised on 23 November 2018 as part of the closing activities of Leeuwarden-Fryslan 2018.