- Published: Monday, 14 July 2014 11:16
- Written by Sharkey
Performers Without Borders (PWB) teaches performing arts to vulnerable children in countries of high child poverty. We interviewed Emily Ball who has worked with Performers without borders since 2007 and is an avid EJC fan. Emily and her colleagues will be recruiting performers for their organisation and will be answering your questions at EJC 2014 in Millstreet.
1. What is Performers Without Borders (PWB) and where did this all start?
The idea for Performers Without Borders (PWB) was first developed by two hobby jugglers and students of social development, Jonny Forbes and Matt Morris. During the Spring of 2006 whilst Jonny Forbes was studying in India and Matt Morris was finishing a voluntary project they meet up in the city of Varanasi. Sweltering in the summer heat they formed the idea to fuse their shared interests in performance skills and community development.
The first PWB tour took place in 2007-2008, a 6 month long trip to India with 4 month long projects at various locations across the country with an intrepid team of 8 performers and teachers including Matt and Jonny. Since then, PWB have returned to India 5 more times, each time with a different team of performers, teachers, jugglers and artists determined to help make a difference. The last 4 tours being annual, something which we aim to continue in 2015. In 2013 PWB started another project, this time in Nicaragua, Central America. This tour was created by Rob Thorburn, who's family have been working with charities in Nicaragua for 8 years. In 2014 PWB added another tour to this, our first ever in Sierra Leone, Africa - set up by Peachi Pete who is currently living there.