IZRAZNI SVET AFRIŠKE KULTURE 4 (ISAK 4) or in English, EXPRESSIVE WORLD OF AFRICAN CULTURE 4 (EWAC 4) is a project whose purpose is to spread African culture in Slovenia (and in the wider European area) by actively engaging first- and further generation-immigrants from Africa in training workshops covering the fields of performing arts (dance and drama) and vocal music (singing). But the project is not only about spreading the African cultural heritage in Europe, its aim is also to link and intertwine the cultures of the two continents and thus enrich the local mainstream society in Slovenia and Europe. ISAK 4 (EWAC 4) is the continuation and further development of the project ISAK (EWAC) which was first run by the Baobab cultural society and supported by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia between fall 2009 and fall 2010 when it was concluded and celebrated by the first festival of African culture Baofest 2010. Later on, the project was developing trough different stages. However, there is an important difference between the initial project and ISAK4 (EWAC 4) project, which is that the latter focuses on the specific field of musical and dance theatre and aims to introduce the African cultural heritage of drama, music production, singing and dance into the European tradition of musical theatre and musical as a specific genre. The main goal of ISAK 4 (EWAC 4) is to spread the cultural knowledge and awareness outside of capital city Ljubljana to whole Slovenia and abroad. ISAK4 (EWAC 4) project is supported and made possible by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

 
     
 

Baobab Introduction from Andraž Fistravec on Vimeo.

 
     
 

So what does the project look like?

 
     
 

ISAK4 (EWAC 4) project comprises a series of training workshops in the fields of stage performances, music production and series od dance and singing performances throughout Slovenia. Mixed groups of participants will be formed so that approximately half of the participants will come from the minority of African immigrants' and their descendants' in Slovenia and the other half will be members of the mainstream Slovenian (European) society (or members of other minorities). By creating mixed groups of participants the Baobab cultural society will assure the social integration of Africans and their descendants in the local mainstream society and thus prevent cultural or social marginalisation. ISAK 4 (EWAC 4) project will culminate in its final result, i.e. the staging off participants in different cities throughout Slovenia with domestic and foreign mentors and music DC made out of the work in music production workshop. The performances will send a message about the African immigration to whole Slovenia and Europe and in this way encourage the general public to overcome the stereotypical expectations of Africans and their descendants. The message will also stress the necessity for the mainstream society to accept diversity and the urgent need for a change, making the society more open and tolerant.