A Story of Mardin

Project Summary
Grantee : Mardin Cultural Association
Purpose : Empowering youth using theatre
Location : Mardin
Grant Amount : 112.000 TL
Project Partner : AFS Volunteers Association, Bogazici Performance Arts Community
Period : 1 August 2016 – 14 July 2017
Status : Completed
Project Year : 2016


Although Mardin is a multilingual and multicultural city, there are limited social and cultural opportunities for youth. There is a need for culture and art events that will attract young people for social participation.

Project Results

  • The project partner performed a play called “Lorca’s Tragic Comedy” in Mardin Kızıltepe Cumhuriyet High School. After the play, a discussion was held about the writer’s life and plays with the participation of 500 students who watched the play.
  • 12 high school students attended theater workshops for 8 months and adapted the play called “Tragic Comedy of Don Cristobita and Dona Rosita”.   
  • The students performed the play in Mardin Kızıltepe Cumhuriyet High School and İstanbul Şişli Terakki High School. Almost 600 students watched the performances in two schools.
  • Multiculturalism, living together and gender equality themes were deeply analyzed with the participants through workshops.
  • A booklet explaining the model, workshop contents, participant and trainer testimonials was prepared and disseminated to interested parties.


“I am excited to see life from a different perspective. And it was theater which gave me this experience. For me, it was an experience involving great feelings.” Project Beneficiary

“The project made a huge impact in my life and in my future. I decided to attend a conservatoire. I also want to take violin courses.” Project Beneficiary


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