Strong without violence

Article published on July 6, 2011
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Article published on July 6, 2011

Author: Marta Karabova

When I had heard Gen Rosso was coming to the Czech Republic, I was more inquisitive than excited about it. A couple years ago I happened to be the audience to Gen Rosso show in a packed stadium and this year I decided to take part in it, although it meant my final exam preparation would be very much neglected. Still, I was attracted by the notion of volunteering in a project that serves a good purpose.

The arrival of Gen Rosso is the finale after teachers’ months-long work with pupils at the Elementary School of Křídlovická in Brno, the second largest city in the country. Gen Rosso is an international performing arts group comprising of amateur enthusiastic musicians who have made the performance more a personal commitment than a professional career. It has 18 male members of 9 nationalities from all over the world – from Brazil through Italy, Kenya to Philippines. These guys cruise the world with an elaborate project of theirs called Strong without violence. As the name implies a bit, the project aims at schools that are troubled by bullies and school violence. The school that has been picked out is then involved in a long-lasting program for teachers and pupils. Trained teachers present topics tackling bullying and anti-bullying practices during special, but even regular classes.

One would say that there is nothing extraordinary about a youth violence prevention program: they all include training and lectures on a regular and obligatory basis. But, here, the cream of the crop was yet to come – the project week with Gen Rosso – a busy week for performers as well as for coordinators and us volunteers. It was time when Gen Rosso was to oversee the creation of a musical called Streetlight and what I mean by creation is starting off from scratch.

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