How can we empower the social nexus of a geography to create cultural offers by and for communities by overcoming the common drawback of the lack of resources?
Aegina is a greek island which is challenged by the huge amount of trash produced and its lack of successful waste management strategies, as they travel to Athens every single day.
Svoura Project engaged the local youth community in a series of workshops, where students collectively identified spaces and resources that were considered as trash. Then they decided to alter this public space’s identity by reimagining it as a vibrant cultural and social space for themselves and the whole island, and by constructing a cinema out of trash.
By using trash as a creative tool, the project gave the youth community the opportunity to experiment with teamwork, collective decision making, different tools and techniques of crafts. The fact that we collectively reached a common goal, which at first seemed unrealistic for the community, empowered them and led to a dialogue with the local authorities, to accept the donation of the final construction and converting the construction to a public good, accessible to everyone.