“First of all, I would like to appreciate all the members of this team, UNESCO Pakistan and MGIEP for their support, YESPeace Pakistan Network and Tamasha who actually executed this wonderful and knowledgeable workshop for commoners like us, who had no knowledge of theatre and performing arts.
Secondly, I would like to share my experience here…. I believe that among all the mentioned objectives of Tamasha YESPeace Workshop, if I consider myself as a single entity, I achieved almost all of them.
- For example, I understood, examined and resolved many conflicts that I had in my mind regarding society and individual self.
- While working in a diversified age group and academic backgrounds, I accomplished to enhance my listening skills and managed to hear out different point of views.
- Undoubtedly, this workshop facilitated youth by different creative activities where we explored different key issues of our society through the presentations and discussions with our trainers.
- This workshop not only facilitated activities for peer-to-peer empowerment for positive social change, but it also developed vocal, physical and imaginative skills to express ourselves and allowed us to convey our feelings and thoughts towards the audience, as a society.”
“It was really a great pleasure working with this organization. It was an informative and interactive workshop. Initially when I signed up for this workshop I thought it will be related to just theatre but over here we didn’t only learn how to perform on the stage in fact how to perform in our life. In this workshop they introduced MGIEP Curriculum and conducted an activity through which helped us to explore our self as human being. We build so much confident that existed within us but we were not able to explore it. We learnt how to communicate without even speaking a word. How to work as a team.”
“The workshop gave me a chance to participate and express myself. It stimulated my thought process and made me realize that creativity can flourish and your ability of self-expression can be developed very easily. Sir Umair and team ‘The Little Art’ managed all sessions really well. I personally recommend to all my fellows to try something really different through which they can bring out their talents!”
“This Tamasha workshop is the first step to move forward. I learned from this workshop more than my expectations and it has also motivated me to start working with my community on performing arts. The sessions of Umair Mushtaq were really amazing as it helped me to build my confidence to come in front of public and to highlight major issues through theater. Secondly sessions of Sir Mobeen, Sir Amir and Sir Shoaib were also based on theaters that how can we use the stage, what is expressions and how can we improve our expressions while performing for theater. Aleena and Anusheh briefly explained about the network of Global Citizenship Education. It was indeed a great initiative for education”.
One of the very crucial parts of the workshop that I came across was the part of Story Building. Not only artists, but we as humans on the very basic level are nothing but story tellers. We were given a short time to build a story, in the form of groups and then with the help of performing on-stage, we conveyed those stories to the audiences, sometimes in direct and sometimes in a subtle way.
The unnecessary limitations we impose on ourselves, in our daily lives were broken. It wasn’t until the third day that all of us, even the shy participants started opening up and were performing in good spirits.
The TAMASHA Workshop, is by far one of the most productive workshops that I have attended. It enabled me to express myself, understand others’ expressions and most importantly it helped me to make my communication more effective.
The trainers were highly skilled they showed us how to manage and solve conflicts. How to not panic when you face a conflict. We also worked over Civic Imagination and how it can be improved by focusing. Moreover, I came to know the importance of Civic Imagination and how it helps structure our societies and communities.
In the end I just want to say, that these workshops gave me hope, that it isn’t impossible to create peace in the society. That there are people out there trying to save the world, trying to make it better, that all is not lost, that Art can be and will be revived. Now, no matter how difficult it is I always remember that I am not alone in trying got do something, there are people already doing it and I can too.
Thank You so much Everyone involved in the process. I can never really thank enough to be honest.