Young Refugees love to dance


Three pilot dance projects in Essen around the World Heritage Zeche Zollverein, initiated by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

‘Hello – and who are you?’ is the initial pilot stage of an ongoing dance project for refugee children and teenagers.
The project’s aim is to introduce the young people to the art of dance, and raise their awareness for their immediate environment through dance-acrobatic work. The participants’ experience serves as the stimulus for the artistic work. In every project two young workshop leaders will work with the refugees for 20 lessons. The work will take place in the refugee accommodation as well as in the attendees’ neighbourhoods and in public places. Through dance, the young people will orientate and feel connected to their new environment, able to cope better with the new surroundings. The young project managers are qualified in workshop leading by Gizella Hartmann, an experienced dance educator.

The project is led by KiR – Kultur im Revier – für ein gutes Leben e.V. Essen and sponsored by Tanja Liedtke Foundation.