Re: [holistichelping] Nafsi Acrobats Trip To Europe (Ken)/Maria Agnese and Sam/Zip-Zap!!
- Hello Dear Friend Ken and All,How exciting to hear from you, and to know that you are heading to Italy!! And Sam too!! Thanks immensely to Maria Agnese too for your note, to which I will respond very soon.Ken, my big apologies for being out of the loop of our own particular thread of conversation. I have thought of you so often, and have Nafsi featured in a couple spots on the ActALIVE website (www.actalive.org), which I hope you will enjoy!Hopefully by the time you return from your travels, my own fairly intense offline activities of the spring and summer will be balanced by more time online (I am saying this to Ken and everyone). In the meantime, I will be delighted to do whatever I can to network for you!! I do not have contacts in Italy or Denmark to speak of (except of course for our own incomparable Maria Agnese, and an ActALIVE member who has posted some to HH, Chris Ouma). I can post to forums about your trip, expertise, and interests, though, and hopefully get some responses.In S Africa I have many more contacts, including with the Zip-Zap Circus School! For several years I have helped them to sell tickets to the London Cirque du Soleil performance that serves as a benefit for their work. For everyone, Zip-Zap is a nonprofit teaching acrobatics and circus-related performance skills to young people in Cape Town, SA. They especially try to help and serve young people who are disadvantaged in some way. More about them can be seen at http://www.zip-zap.co.za.I will start some networking for you next week, and is the Yahoogroups address a good one to write to, or should myself and anyone interested in connecting write to your personal address, or some other?Sam and Ken, the questions and issues you are facing and asking are such important ones, especially in today's world, which seems "liquid" with possibilities, yet where solid walls are still too often encountered (visas et al, and barriers linked to race, gender, religion, and other defining characteristics), and everything is much more complex than we often grasp.It will be excellent to get insights and feedback from a number of folks here, and I will try to make time to do this as well.I will close for now with greatest blessings and hopes for safe, fun, and meaningful travels, as well as joyful journeys forever :)))! With love and artistic affections in peace-creating directions, Janet----- Original Message -----From: Janet FeldmanTo: firstname.lastname@example.org ; nafsi Afrika acrobats ; email@example.com ; learning from each otherSent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 3:10 AMSubject: Re: [holistichelping] Nafsi Acrobats Trip To Europe----- Original Message -----From: Kennedy OwinoSent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:58 AMSubject: [holistichelping] Nafsi Acrobats Trip To EuropeDear Andrius, Pam, Janet, Maria and all,It has been quite some time, i have been offline and making very minimal contributions.However, i have been happily following on the discussions keenly and i am impressed and inspired by all the worthy contributions.I thank you all for being good moderators and providing open public Domain spaces for public voices, learning and sharing.
I just wanted to bring in to your attention that five members of Nafsi Africa Acrobats together with Samwel Kongere will tour Italy between 15th August to 16th September.Here is our intinerary;We will fly in through Milan and head to Turin- Perosa Argentina.In Turin we have been invited by Agape Ecumenico Center, from 16th Aug to 24th Aug for a Youth conference on Equitable politics, to share the Positive and Negative response of Kenyans to the Kenyan past Post Election Turmoil.We will also talk on Citizens, Migrations and Identities, the problems of Citizenship that is getting more complex, migrations, the lack of Social and Economical security, fragmented identities representing big challenges in the Globalised world.The Nation States that inspire us to define new Political coalitions and new priorities in the context of economic roots of migration, lack of and search for a citizenship.Through this international camp we will also annalyse the complexities,how we can act as active political subjects forced in a battle to face many different cultures, discriminations and identity claims.We will visit the stiff "Visa rules imposed by States and their impacts" issue that is currently generating complains, share experiences and knowledge, discuss possible strategies for construction of new political communities and imagine the right political lines for citizenship and migration in a globalisd economic context.We welcome all your profound and worthy ideas.At the end of it all, Nafsi Acrobats will prepare a laboratory of Arts (Acrobatics, dance , drumming, and dance)After Torino, we have series of shows lined up in Tuscany (Sarzana) on 24th Aug, Lecce 25th Aug to 29th Aug, Arona (Novara Province) on 30th-31st and there after free for any event performance opportunities around Italy.Also we anticipate shows (yet to be confirmed) in Bologna, Rome and Sardina.
If you happen to know of any performance opportunities please tip us by linking us up and we will greatly appreciate.We are catching our plane back to Kenya on 16th of Sept.However me, i have an extended Denmark Schegen visa of up to 5th October 2008.I have been invited further to Denmark, i will be flying from Milan on 17th September to Denmark and back to Nairobi again through Milan on 5th Oct 2008.I have been invited by Frontloberne (www.frontloberne.dk) a creative Youth environment office and Klank Efterskole a boarding school interested in interacting with foreign cultures.I will be there to share ways of working connections and ideas, offer Acrobatics, drumming and dance lessons.And also to learn the practical sides of managing projects to help Nafsi Africa Acrobats develop itself and our programme of teaching children in the Slums further to being self sustainable.Also worth noting, James Njunge will be making it the opposite far south.He is travelling to South Africa on 22nd August on a Sarakasi Trust based programme, to share ideas and offer trainings to the Zip- Zap Circus (which Janet or Benoit once shared about).Janet, we will highly appreciate if you provide us with connections that you may have in the three countries (Italy, Denmark and South Africa)Our priority is always being open to sharing, learning from diverse cultures and expanding our networks for worthy future collaborations, as reflected by Minciu Sodas Lab (Orchard of "Growth") agenda.
I hope to hear from you soon, please find my Italian number below.I wish you all abundant blessings and positive light,
Nafsi Afrika Acrobats