Project LanzArte encourages youths to reflect on issues such as human rights, access to public services and the prevention of violence against women, to seek solutions and raise awareness among local administrations and the civil society through artistic creations, including theatre, dance, radio broadcasts and short films.
LanzArte was launched as a pilot project in Huanuni in 2006 and was replicated in other 7 departments in 2009. In 2013, LanzArte entered an advanced stage of consolidation. Fondation Alta Mane supported the project from 2013 to 2016.
In particular, in 2015-2016, the youths involved in the project created:
8 plays and theatre-dance shows that were performed 50 times for 1000 people;
39 short films and 575 screenings for 12’100 people;
40 radio programmes broadcasted by 15 radio stations;
46 workshops organized by 8 socio-cultural centres for 800 youths.
Between 2015- 2016, LanzArte organized two national meetings in Sucre and Yotala, 7 regional meetings in Cochabamba, Huanuni, Yotala, Tarabuco, Llalagua and Potosí during which 695 young beneficiaries of the project had the chance to meet and exchange ideas. In addition, the 15 socio-cultural mediators involved in managing the project and the journalists employed by the radios involved participated in training offered by Solidar Suisse, PADEM (Programa de Apoyo a la Democracia Municipal) and the Faculty of Social Communication at San Francisco Xavier University. Finally, after witnessing the benefits of LanzArte, five municipalities decided to include its activities in the municipal budget.
Founded in 1936 as part of Solidar European network, the association operates in poor and emerging countries to promote dignified working conditions, democratic participation and respect for human rights. In all its operations, Solidar Suisse acts as a development partner, working to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged populations alongside local organizations and in collaboration with over 50 development agencies and NGOs.