Bérénice, a network of cultural and social actors in the Greater Region to fight against discrimination.
Bérénice is a network of cultural and social actors set up in the Greater Region (Lorraine, Luxembourg, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia, German-speaking Community of Belgium) to fight against discrimination. This network brings together several partners, including l’association Passages (Metz) who is the leader, as well as EPCC Metz en Scènes, the Théâtre de Liège, the Trier Theater (Théâtre de Trèves, Allemagne) and the Chudoscnik Sunergia d’Eupen.
It is with the aim of questioning the innovations that make it possible to rethink art and culture as a way of connecting people that the Bérénice project was conceived. The latter brings together institutions such as festivals, places of creation, associations, all convinced that culture and entertainment have a key role to play in social inclusion. These institutions want to get closer to the social field in order to invent, innovate and experiment with new ways of honoring cultural diversity, strengthening mutual understanding and combating all forms of discrimination.
Different cross-border countries do not have the same approach or the same definition regarding the issues of identity, social field, communities and migration. Joining in a cross-border approach means allowing the various partners to come together to find common solutions, pooling human and financial resources to innovate, invent and experiment new approaches to inclusive cultural actions. It also allows artists from the Greater Region to be part of a process of cross-border creation and to develop internationally.
Three actions are set up around this project: the Bérénice label, Bérénice Factory and the Bérénice caravan.
The Bérénice Caravan
In 2017, three artistic projects from the Grande Région questioning the notions of exile and discrimination were selected and co-produced by the Bérénice network. This year, three shows hit the roads of the Grande Région in the form of a mini-festival: la Caravane Bérénice. On the occasion of the urban picnic, Théâtre de Liège welcomes two of these three shows throughout the course of two composite evenings. At the same time, an exhibition retraces the workshop work carried out in recent months between people in exile or in discriminatory situations and the artists Ayelen Parolin, Frédéric Ghesquière, Loïg Kervahut, Ferdinand Despy, the UBIK Group and the Compagnie Paulette Godart.
The shows of the 2019-2020 season at the Théâtre de Liège :