Pozarevac, May 31 / June 7, 2024

For us, anything is possible! Even rewriting ancient myths and giving them happy endings by those deprived of freedom. This is not a utopia, this is reality!

We are immensely proud to announce that on Friday, May 31st, at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Pozarevac, the premiere of the play “Paris and Helen – The Myth of Troy” was held. This highly significant event for us brought together representatives from the prison system, the Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, and, of course, our international partners in the AHOS (All Hands on Stage) project, supported by the Creative Europe program.

The play, inspired by the Greek myth, is part of the current project led by Teatro dei Venti from Modena. The audience had the opportunity to enjoy sincere artistic performances by the inmates, who brought the story of Paris and Helen to life through a unique combination of singing, folk music, dance, poetry reading, and theater. Each scene was infused with strong emotions, creativity, and dedication, offering an optimistic conclusion to the ancient myth.

Parallel to the play’s preparations, the inmates professionalized through a stage photography course conducted by the Photography Factory under the sharp focus of Aleksandra Popović Petković. This course was a crucial part of the project, enabling the inmates to acquire valuable skills that will help them reintegrate into society. At the end of the event, certificates were awarded to the participants for successfully completing the course, highlighting their effort and commitment.

This exceptional event was also attended by our esteemed partners from European organizations: Teatro dei Venti (Italy), Collective Kobietostan (Poland), Fabrica Athens (Greece), and Sommerblut and aufBruch (Germany). Together with us, they enjoyed the artistic program and witnessed how art can change lives and bring hope.

This spectacle was repeated for the general public on June 7th at the Cultural Center of Požarevac, as part of a special event marking the 150th anniversary of the Penitentiary Institute. The AHOS project, supported by the EU Creative Europe program, once again proves that art can be a powerful tool for rehabilitation and empowerment.