Social circus in a warzone

David Mason & Floortje Dessing talk about finding joy in Afghanistan.
This event is in English
Friday 15 Mar, 19.30
vr 15 mrt, 19.30
IJ Zaal

Floortje Dessing travelled to Afghanistan where she visited the Mobile Mini Circus for Children in Kabul. She interviewed the founder of this organisation who helps traumatized children due to the war. David Mason originally hails from Denmark but has chosen to dedicate his life to helping these children in the troubled country of Afghanistan. His interview was inspiring, heartfelt and left a mark on the Dutch audience, as David received many statements of support and donations from the Netherlands. When 2 Dutch filmmakers recently visited David as well and were equally touched, it was decided that David should come to the Netherlands to talk about his work. So, here they are with their story.

‘’Laughter is an antidote to war.’’

The Social Circus is as much a part of Afghanistan’s national reconstruction as infrastructure, schools and hospitals. In 2002 David founded MMCC in Afghanistan, devoting his life to giving young Afghans an opportunity to explore their creative potential through a convergence of mind and body by Social Circus. This is a way of learning that heals traumas and promotes growth in a country beset by war.

MMCC is a leading Social Circus organization where teachers and children together construct cheerful and innovative pedagogy. They also learn skills in photography and media. MMCC’s varied workshops and performances have benefited millions of people and their live educational performances have reached 3.8 million audiences alone. Now MMCC Global, with 16 years of experience, has started expanding to other countries with similar problems and children of war.

Floortje Dessing is considered the queen of Dutch travel programs and with an audience of about 2 million people an authority in the Dutch travel scene. For her show ‘’naar het einde van de wereld’’ she travelled to the most remote and isolated corners of the world to meet people who lead a special existence there. She will share her experiences about meeting people like David in unusual places like Afghanistan.

 

This event is in English
Friday 15 Mar, 19.30
IJ Zaal
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