Cultural Animation

The SOLACE team held a ‘train the trainer’ Cultural Animation workshop on 22 January 2018 in the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Interdisciplinary hub, Arete at Ateneo de Manila University. The fabulous group contained thirty-three teaching and non-teaching staff from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including arts, social sciences, psychology, community engagement, human rights organisation, dance education, philosophy, etc.

Here are some of the reasons participants signed up for the workshop, as written on the registration sheets:

I am interested in the practical applications of Cultural Animation in health research’

‘I think that this is an exciting new endeavour that brings together my passion for interdisciplinary research and my commitment to make this research relevant to communities’

‘Want to learn about social and art skills and how these can be used to help the needy and poor’

‘I think the topic can help with my work with different indigenous communities’

Participants came from different universities and organisations in Manila, including the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Ridgepointe Ballet Manila, Habituate Education Lab, British Council Manila, Institute of Social Order Manila, ArtPsych Circle Manila and Creative Passion Path Manila.

The workshop was facilitated by SOLACE Co-Investigator Sue Moffat, Director of the New Vic New Vic Borderlines at the New Vic Theatre, in the United Kingdom.

Professor Mihaela Kelemen gave an introduction on Cultural Animation


A great way for participants to get to know each other: ‘the name game’


A ‘revolution’ after playing prisoners and guards


Sue Moffat explains the workshop participants how they can use the different games


Thinking about health, context, poverty and inequality via the ‘button game’


Discussing what constitutes a ‘healthy community’ in the Philippines


First presenting a tableau vivant and then a cinquain poem


Sue Moffat shares her impressions after this ‘train the trainer’ workshop


Feedback from Participants