What do TGS students do when they have something meaningful to say? Some write op-ed articles for their own political blogs. Others create videos to submit to international film festivals. A few practice late into the night on their choreography while many share their thoughts through photographs.
Through experiencing the world firsthand, these students have become talented communicators and expressive individuals that share how the world affects them.
Starting our academic year in Sweden has brought us all face to face with a mounting global issue: the refugee crisis caused by the war in Syria. As a result of extensive news research and seeing its effects firsthand, many of our students have formed passionate opinions about the crisis that has engulfed not just Syria and the countries offering asylum, but the entire world.
As global citizens-in-training, they can’t help but be motivated to affect change for those suffering the worst of this crisis.
Considering that the refugee crisis is as prevalent as it is today, it's important as a mobile community with all our opportunities to give back. Being in Sweden, a country with the most refugees per capital in Europe, it's important to address that. We are a community of travelers, but also politicians, musicians, dancers, and thespians. Each student has talent and skills that we can unite in order to create something we are all proud of.
As a result of this motivation, we are putting on an original theatrical performance in our local community in Stockholm. With a script penned by students, sets constructed by our artists, and a house band that includes guitars, djembes, and even a melodica, this will truly be the first time in our school’s history for our talents to come together on this massive scale.
Art is a creative outlet for me. We are making big scale props for this production, and it’s making me appreciate what other set designers must accomplish. -Galek, 16 (Bhutan)
The resulting production of all our talents is Meet Me in Dreamland. This family-friendly event aims to raise money to support refugees in need of aid. We have partnered with Refugee Solidarity, a charity that works closely with refugees from the MENA region and monitors the situation of the asylum seekers.
I asked some of the participating artists, actors, and musicians why they feel compelled to support this cause through their talents, and they responded passionately:
This cause means the world to me. This production is a fusion of our talents, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it. -Yuan Yuan, 18 (Singapore)
Though this is only my second visit to Europe, I feel local after being here for a few months; seeing the refugee crisis firsthand makes it much more personal.
We feel we are giving back to our host community through many art forms. This production is not exclusive to one group; anyone can enjoy and be entertained by the range of talents on display. I think it will inspire happiness in the audience. -Cameron, 17 (USA)