Clowns Without Borders – Brazil and USA are joining forces once again, this time in Colombia.
We will spend three days in Soledad, where our project partner, La Sombra del Matarraton, works local youth, and we’ll be focused on workshops for leadership training. Next, we’ll spend three days in Barranquilla and its surrounding area, working with vulnerable communities. These people have been affected by displacement due to the armed conflict, the presence of criminal gangs, and micro-trafficking. Our goal will be to provide interventions designed to strengthen the life-goals of the region’s young people.
We will tour to La Guajira for five days, where we’ll support the reincorporation process of former FARC combatants into the ETCR (Territorial Spaces of Training and Reincorporation) of Pondores, and their integration with the community of Conejo, Fonseca. In the municipality of Puerto Colombia, Atlántico, we will work for four days in partnership with the Sanarte Foundation. This organization focuses on children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation and consumption of psychoactive substances. Finally, we will spend one day in the municipality of Piojó, Atlántico, working with MUVISA Living Museum of Ancestral Knowledge in the indigenous community of Mokana. We will present a show for the whole community, in tandem with a gathering of young leaders. CWB volunteers will participate as guests in a tribute to the intangible heritage of Piojó.
Carolina Duncan, aka CoiCoi, is joining CWB for her second project and will be the team leader for this tour. Coi Coi has performed in many parts of the world and made history with the Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” as their first clown of Colombian origin. CWB’s volunteer clowns will be joined by three local professional artists.
Coi Coi made an educational video about the tour, providing some background on the political situation that our clowns will encounter, and which affects the daily lives of our audience members. (Subtitles coming soon!)