or informal evening get-togethers
Creating a space for exchange.
In 2019 and 2020, we are hosting a series of dardachet for anyone who took part in our trainings. The format of dardache, or informal chit-chat session, provides a space for people to meet and discuss diverse topics, in one way or another related to exile and migration. This way, we continue to explore alternative – and better! – ways of talking and reporting about these issues, and create new knowledge together. If you took part in any of our former trainings or workshops, you are more than welcome to join the dardachet evenings.
Each dardache is held at Mansion, a formerly abandoned house that is now a shared open space in Zoukak el-Blat.
We start at 7pm each time. There are always drinks and light snacks, but please feel free to bring something along if you wish. We finish around 9pm, but there is an open garden at Mansion where the discussion can continue.
As always, we use both Arabic and English. There is live interpretation and you are more than welcome to use whichever language you prefer.
Anyone who did our workshops, including the longer international exchanges and the different trainings in Lebanon, is welcome to the dardache. It is always for free!
June 11: Migration narratives
During our first dardache, we looked at alternative ways of crafting narratives around migration and human movement. We read stories about people and places shaped by migratory patterns, including the Portuguese-speaking villages of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, bygone routes transporting people and goods across deserts and plains, and an Armenian chef cooking the food that binds together Lebanon and Armenia. This way, and through discussing how stories are shaped and told, we sought to find what signifies a good – fair, just and inspirational – story.
July 31: In times of crisis
For the second dardache, we gathere to talk about the current developments in Lebanon, including the ongoing movement towards more anti-migration and anti-refugees sentiments. We discussed the recent happenings, including how politicians have phrased their opposition to migrants and refugess, and what consequences this has had and will continue to have in Lebanon. Participants also shared input and stories from their different fields of work, and looked at ways to counter hate speech and anti-migration rhethoric, not least as journalists and representatives of NGOs and the media.
November 15: Media and the brain
For the third dardache, with an invited neuroscinetist as a guest, we will look at how the brain processes information, including news articles and reports, and how journalists may take this into consideration when finding ways to report about issues in ways that may contribute to positive and transformational change.
To be announced
The topic for the fourth session will be set closer to the date of the get-together.
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The topic for the fifth session will be set closer to the date of the get-together.
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The topic for the sixth session will be set closer to the date of the get-together.