The Creative Bodies in Movement project is an initiative aimed at immigrants. For them, the Pekinpah Association has prepared a year-round series of educational programmes in the field of performing arts. At the workshops and with the help of established mentors, participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform stage work. The project will end in February 2023, when the participants will publicly present their newly acquired knowledge.

The project implemented in close cooperation with the Cene Štupar AEC and renowned mentors is co-financed by the ESF and the Ministry of Culture and will include 46 immigrants this year. Training will be held in the fields of performance, costume design, scenography and theatre music. In addition to practical training, individual mentoring will be available to participants.

I feel more included, more welcome, less vulnerable, and above all, less alone. Socialising and exciting content are a great motivation and positively affect mood, self-confidence and general well-being. Living abroad far from home thus seems easier, and Slovenia is proving to be a place of opportunity.

Zana Oručević Mehulj,

project coordinator from Sarajevo

In these uncertain times, the Pekinpah Association wants to contribute to the community and help members of minorities and immigrants to integrate into society. With the help of culture, we strengthen the process of their empowerment. At the same time, the project promotes the power and value of the performing arts as well as art and culture in general.

In February, costume design – the first in a series of workshops – was successfully carried out at the Cene Štupar AEC premises in Ljubljana. A renowned Slovenian costume designer, Barbara Stupica, led the workshops. In March, we continued with the second set of workshops, this time in scenography, under the mentorship of the versatile and renowned artist Atej Tutta.

As a migrant, I would like to learn new skills in Slovenia; I am primarily interested in how we can use art to reflect on our personal experiences.

a participant from Great Britain

The mission of the workshops is to explore the creative potential to achieve one’s own artistic expression. Thus, the participants will be able to develop and implement their ideas independently in their future creative paths.

I also work in the non-governmental sector and am familiar with similar projects. But Creative Bodies in Movement is entirely new, as it represents an inclusive, creative and artistic initiative that suits me most. If you are a foreigner and open to new knowledge, this is undoubtedly a project worth getting involved in.

Furkan G.,

an intercultural mediator who has lived in Slovenia for eight years

The Creative Bodies in Movement project encourages the creative potential of members of vulnerable groups and strengthens intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. With the help of practical activities, we enable participants to acquire and deepen cultural, functional and work competencies, thus facilitating their entry into the labour market and strengthening their integration into society.

The educational part of the project in 2022 consists of 40 hours of training in many areas with different mentors. More information and highlights are available on our website and FB group, or you can contact us by email.

Jasmina Klančar (, Pekinpah Association


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