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"Smallville" stands as a pioneering art initiative reshaping social dynamics within rural communities, addressing the pervasive issue of social exclusion while fostering a sense of empowerment among residents. At its core are the "Informal Social Councils," gatherings where citizens converge to exchange stories, engage in performative arts, and collectively envision pathways for community-driven change.


By harnessing the power of nonfiction theater and involving non-professional actors, "Smallville" amplifies the voices and experiences of its participants, allowing them to communicate their narratives to a broader audience. Embracing the rich tradition of storytelling, the project not only celebrates local culture but also facilitates meaningful interaction and collaboration among community members.


Driven by the imperative to create inclusive spaces, "Smallville" actively reaches out to groups traditionally marginalized or overlooked, ensuring their voices are heard and valued. Its adaptability enables it to tailor its approach to the unique needs and characteristics of each town, fostering a sense of ownership and investment among residents.


Ultimately, "Smallville" transcends its role as a mere artistic endeavor, catalyzing transformative change within small-town landscapes. By democratizing access to cultural offerings and promoting community engagement, it serves as a beacon of connectivity and cultural enrichment beyond the confines of urban centers.

Elias developed the project with the support of START - Create Cultural Change. START is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation. 


Elias is a member the Robert Bosch Alumni Network and collaborates frequently with projects supported by it (Campfire Stories, Talk Talk etc.). In 2019 he was the keynote speaker at the opening event of START program’s final year in Berlin. 

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