What does Project Illusion Colombia do?
Illusion Colombia is an initiative which takes hearts away from crime through the art of clown, circus, music and classical dance. With an artistic process which combines
these disciplines, they create a circus show where children and youth from regions affected by lack of attention from the State and the effects of armed conflict, tell the country and the world about the Colombia they dream of. In parallel, they register all the experience and tell these stories through documentaries of great filmic quality.
What impact does Project Illusion Colombia create?
They already have their first documentary short: “What does a clown laugh about when he laughs”, presented in the Colombian Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have twice visited municipalities of Chocó, which has allowed them to advance in the pilot project. They were in high Guajira and also in the department of Putumayo. They have reached a total of 19 municipalities of difficult access, presenting theatrical spectacles in clown technique to approximately 7000 people, mostly children; also youth and adults. They hold workshops with around 300 children in Chocó and high Guajira.
Jorge Giraldo, leader of this project, is convinced of the power of laughter and what is generated when childhood is impacted via the presence of art and laughter in the most isolated territories of the country.
How has RECON supported Project Illusion Colombia?
It was one of the 18 finalists of the RECON 2017 contest, and thus obtained participation in two training courses: The first was in Value Transformation with the Dalai Lama Center of MIT, the second was for the strengthening of the social business model, training which was in charge of Impact Hub, Athena and RECON.
Furthermore, it has been seen on the RECON platform and other media such as El Tiempo, amongst others.