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Simulation Exercise

Theatre of subcultures

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This exercise was created during Social Inclusion through Music youth exchange, which was held in Kutina from July 21-31. The participants create short plays in which they have to explain various music subcultures.

Aims of the tool

- develop tolerance, inclusion and acceptance of others
- understand how young people use music to rebel against the society
- group building

Description of the tool

The participants are divided into groups. Every group gets one music subculture and it has to present this subculture through a play lasting 3-5 minutes. In the Social Inclusion through Music the participants presented the following subcultures:
- hippies
- punks
- emos
- gangsta rap
- rock
- juggalots
- goths.

In this play the participants have to answer the following questions:
- what are the values of this subculture?
- how are they different from mainstream values?
- why did this subculture arise?
- why is this subculture appealing to young people?

The participants also have to look like that subculture so they have to borrow clothes from other participants, if necessary. They should also wear make-up, if necessary. Finally, they need to have an appropriate hair-style.

Through this exercise the participants will learn more about why some of their peers look and dress differently. They will learn to focus on the values behind this difference in looks. This will make them more tolerant, accepting and inclusive to young people who look and behave differently from them.


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Tool overview

This tool addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Materials needed:

Face and hair paint


3 hours

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ivan Grguric (on 11 March 2018)

and last modified

21 November 2017

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