Espacio de Artes Escénicas: 18 years ‘dancing’ to the sound of diversity with Tiempo Joven

What if giving young people the opportunity to be the best version of themselves went beyond formal classroom learning?

It was in this spirit that Tiempo Joven was born 18 years ago.
Performing Arts Space
a project that brings the youth of the southern neighborhoods of Madrid closer to arts such as dance, theater, music, singing… in an environment where they have the last word.

The teaching team, headed by María Pérez Calderón, coordinator of Espacio de Artes Escénicas, works during the course, with art as an excuse, on socioemotional skills that help them not only to bring out their true selves, but also to develop professionally and personally and to relate to each other with respect for others. diversity and the interculturality.

The richness of this space lies in the fact that it is the participants themselves who create the artistic pieces that are shown based on the issues that concern them. “The young people have a lot to say, and we give them the necessary space to express it,” explains Pérez Calderón.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, more than 80 young people between the ages of 12 and 21 participated in Espacio de Artes Escénicas, an unprejudiced stage where they could show their true selves, which this year came of age.

To celebrate its 18 years of history, the students celebrated on June 16 the XVIII Tiempo Joven Intercultural Festival under the title ’18 kilos of illusion’. An artistic show that alternated small theatrical pieces created by the young people on topics such as equality, diversity and bullying.

Break Dance, singing, musical theater, dance, music of the hand of
School of Musicality
were some of the other shows that took place during the nearly two hours of entertainment.

Tiempo Joven Show

The project

Tiempo Joven, Inmigración y Ciudadanía is a project funded by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

The Espacio de Artes Escénicas, which is also financed by Fundación Adey, is located at 37 Campotejar Street, in the Orcasur neighborhood. During its 18-year history, more than 1,000 young people from the neighborhoods of Orcasitas, Orcasur, San Fermín, Pradolongo, Almendrales, Zofío, other neighborhoods of Villaverde and other areas of Madrid have passed through it.

The objective of the program is to transform the life paths of young people in vulnerable situations and turn them into positive references for their community by facilitating their access to artistic experiences through which they can acquire skills that will enable them to relate better to themselves and their environment.