Money that turns into children smiles

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Obra Social “La Caixa” renews its collaboration with Sa Xerxa de Teatro Infantil y Juvenil de las Islas Baleares. Residences, day centres and hospitals on the Islands can be transformed into stages and demonstrate that the Theatre for All, inclusive theatre programme reaches people and can be a good ally to improve people’s quality of life.

“There are not many days when we see them so attentive” “Have you seen how the children laugh? Here there are not many opportunities to do so” “They have known for days that you are coming and they ask if they can do something to help, this is life for them”.

These are just a few of the phrases that can be heard after each performance of the show Theatre for All, inclusive theatre, an idea of Sa Xerxa that has had a fantastic reception wherever it has been carried out, both in terms of users and professionals who care for children and the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes.

So far, the project has managed to reach out to a sector of the population that has been largely neglected in terms of access to culture, offering them a quality offer, as well as an intergenerational leisure space to enjoy with their family and friends. Sa Xerxa takes advantage of all the Festivals it promotes and in which it collaborates to add a social proposal. This year it has already done so in Mallorca, at the “Millor Festival”, at the Son Carrió Residence for the Elderly and the Cala Rajada Day Centre during the “Festival de las Artes de calle”; in Ibiza with shows at the Can Misses Hospital, the Can Blai Residence and the San Lluis Residence accompanying the “Festival Barruguet” and in Es Mercadal in Menorca as part of the “Teatro en los Pueblos” project, an initiative that programmes shows in many theatres and cultural spaces all over the islands.

With the renewal of the collaboration with Caixabank, Sa Xerxa obtains a large part of the resources necessary to continue with the social projects of 2018, such as the functions of Theatre for All, inclusive theatre within the “Fiets 2018” of Vilafranca de Bonany: Residences, Day Care Centres and Hospitals of the Part Forana of Mallorca and also favouring the attendance to enjoy the fair to social entities such as Aproscom, Amadip, Estrella de Levante or Joan Mesquida. The programme will also arrive at the end of the year in Formentera in the “Muestra de Espectáculos Infantiles” and will continue to accompany the project “Teatro en los Pueblos” with specific performances that can help improve inclusion and stimulate the physical, mental and social abilities of children and adults.