Walk through the door. Let your talents be the doorway to feeling at home.
Bab Ad_daar: the door to our house.
The goal of Bab Ad_daar is to build a warm place for (Syrian) newcomers in the Netherlands, to improve skills and talents in dance, theatre and music, by matching them to professionals in the cultural field of Groningen. Step through our door, so we can meet you, stimulate you, motivate you and make our house a place for you too. To accelerate integration and feeling at home in Groningen, as initiator and central matchmaker Ahmad Abdulwahab experienced himself:
“As a Syrian newcomer in Groningen, I decided to pick up dancing and find a way to improve the dancing skills I developed before I came to the Netherlands. I was sitting at home more than I wanted to and I didn’t know where to start. So I just started by literally knocking on the door of The Machinefabriek – the home of the Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni – and asking if I could get help in developing my performance skills.”
“I asked for help once and now the people of the Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni continue to support me. First I could join in classes for the dancers, so I was able to develop my skills as a dancer. Furthermore, they introduced me to people in the cultural field of Groningen and keep recommending me to other artist of projects that could fit me. This network is just as valuable as the lessons. At times when I wanted to give up on my ambition to work as a dancer, they kept pushing me and surrounding me with positive energy and work ethos. Now I want to pass on this warm welcome and motivation I got at the NNT to other newcomers, by being a matchmaker between them and the cultural professionals in Groningen.”
Are you a newcomer? Join!
The only thing we need of you as newcomer, is your excitement and an idea of what talents or skills you want to improve. This could be dancing, performing, make videos or build decors. After that you will be matched by Ahmad, to a mentor who is a professional in the cultural field. To support you in your practice, evaluate your progress and most importantly to keep you going when the going gets though.
If you’re interested to join the program starting in the autumn of 2018, you will meet up with matchmaker and initiator Ahmad Abdulwahab to explain the possible trajectories and find the best way in for you. Sent him an email (in English or Arabic) via firstname.lastname@example.org