CAS PAC “Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones”

The opportunity to open new spaces for reflection and action.

CAS PAC – Performing Art Practices in Conflict Zones

In a globalized world where the consequences of violence, war and discrimination have become an integral part of our lives, politics feeds on the anguish, marginalization and isolation that determine daily life. The CAS Performing Arts Practice in Conflict Zones offers the opportunity to open new spaces for reflection and action.

The CAS – organized in collaboration with the Goethe Institute North Iraq and the Swiss Center of ITI (International Theatre Institute) – is aimed at professional artists from Europe and the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria who want to bring their performing arts practice to local and international conflict and crisis zones.

The CAS provides the tools to launch sustainable projects that strengthen solidarity and empowerment processes within a society. It allows participants to reflect on themselves as cultural operators, and to develop an awareness of diversity within an art project based on exchange and collaboration with people and artists from different backgrounds.

Theatre and performing arts provide accurate and efficient means to respond to human needs. Thanks to their immediacy and lucidity, they are an ideal art form to express feelings and to find words to describe and represent the delicate issues related to trauma. Physical theatre in particular is based on body language: a universal means of communication and therefore even more suitable to face the challenges of a society shaken by crises and conflicts.


The CAS consists of two parts. The first part of the training takes place at the ATD in Verscio. The second part takes place in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq. In the second part, participants will work in a school with about 100 young people. The school is located in a camp that is almost entirely self-managed by refugees.

The SAC programme is led by Anina Jendreyko. Lecturer Maria Zemp

Language: English


  • complete and practical training in the field of performing arts
  • solidarity with the political ideas of an area in reconstruction
  • stable personality and reflected behavior and sensitivity towards a crisis region
  • willingness to respect their own security, that of the crew and the local population
  • valid passport


Thanks to a number of donors we have been able to reduce costs and the training will only cost CHF 2500.-

Included: teaching courses in Verscio and Iraq and accommodation in Erbil

Not included: flights and accommodation in Verscio

Scholarships: in rare cases scholarships are available on request


Participants from Europe

1º Module | 9-10 & 13-14 June 2022 | online

2º Module | 29-31 August 2022 | at Accademia Dimitri, Verscio, Switzerland

Participants from the Middle East

1º/2º Module | 29 September – 1 October 2022 | in Sulaimani, Northern Iraq

All together 

3º Module | 2-9 October 2022 | in Sulaimani, Northern Iraq

4º Module | 10-21 October 2022 | work on specific projects

5º Module | until 16 December 2022 | deadline for submission of final dissertation

The Makhmur refugee camp in Northern Iraq is our partner for the project “CAS Performing Arts in Conflict Zones”.
We are deeply shocked by the unannounced and totally unjustifiable action of the Turkish army.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the residents of the camps, the many innocent wounded and the families affected.

«In crisis and conflict areas theatre plays a very important role and is a wonderful instrument. Through this project we managed to change the whole atmosphere in the camp, we brought joy and lightness into it and opened new perspectives.»

Jiyan Igit
Participant CAS PAC 2020
Refugee Camp Makhmur

Partner Academies

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