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EduOpera for Special You(th) © Stara Zagora State Opera i
This is a pioneer idea for Bulgaria. It aims to encourage the social inclusion of young people with special educational needs through music, dance, and opera. Its objective is to offer musical and dance workshops to groups of youth with Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome and other developmental difficulties, while also mixing them with other unchallenged peers.
The common activities would lead to a final joint experience in interactive opera performance named "I am a Musician", with professional musicians, dancers, singers, supported by educational staff. Our inspiration comes from the fact that classical music could be used to help improving the conditions of young people with special needs. What is more, there is significant lack of cultural products which are suitable for children and youth with autism and other developmental challenges. We see this proposal as innovative project which would encourage other social and cultural organizations to develop inclusive performances. This is going to be the first Bulgarian project implemented by opera and social institutions which include both youth with special educational needs and not-at-risk youth.
We believe that young people with special needs have the right to enjoy the magic of opera and we want to showcase the benefits of opera music for improvement of their mental state. If you also believe in what we believe, we will be very grateful for your support in our endeavor.
State Opera Stara Zagora, founded in 1925, is the second opera theatre in Bulgaria, after the National Opera and Ballet in Sofia. It has the first purpose-built opera house building in the country. The Opera has gone through many transformations and continues to develop. Its current repertoire is rich in classical titles, children's operas, and symphony concerts.
The project team is very energetic and excited for implementing its idea. Most members are Bulgarians, except for the stage director and woodwind instruments expert. The artists and the educational staff were selected because of their abilities, but more importantly because of their inspiration to work with youth, especially with youngsters with special needs.
International youth center for work with children and youth at risk (IYC) Stara Zagora
National Association of Resource Teachers
Regional Center for Support of the Process of Inclusive Education - Stara Zagora
FEDORA Artists Series, Jury Nominee, FEDORA Prizes
Stara Zagora State Opera
19 October 2020
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Be inspired by Uschi Horner, Stage Director and Victor Krumov, Conductor of "EduOpera for Special You(th)" by State Opera - Stara Zagora, nominee of the FEDORA Education Prize 2020!