It was a very special experience. It convinced me even more that all those who work with vulnerable people should be able to draw on art, and in particular theatre and all forms of expression of this kind, because they are very powerful tools for inclusion and overcoming barriers, in and between people”. This is Monica Barzanti’s opinion about this week in Oporto.

The staff training of #restoreproject, organised in Portugal by the hosting partner, ended last Saturday. This stage marked the start of the practical part of this project, which is now entering its second phase. The aim of the second phase is to exchange new methodologies to train social theatre operators with a European dimension, trying to standardise the professional figure within the European Union. In fact, it will be the partners themselves, already working in the field, who will organise pilot courses by the end of 2021 to train new resources.

The two main innovative elements of this staff training in Porto were the inclusion in the project of the most diverse forms of social theatre and its focus on the role of non-formal #education in #theatre. San Patrignano participated in the week with two of the five people dedicated to the Restore project: Monica Barzanti, responsible for international relations, and Monica Gocilli, communication expert and trainer.