“ID: Babylon experience was incredibly character-building for me. Having to work with different actors and artists around Europe, equipped me with the skills to be extremely creatively malleable. It has strengthened my stage presence in front of big crowds both in my acting and live music performances. I am so happy that I was given this opportunity to make lifelong friends and create industry-focussed bonds internationally.
I am completely in debt to Albany for giving me the chance to travel around Europe and see so many beautiful countries and meet so many amazing people. At the core of this project is an unparalleled purity. The driving force of the show is to obtain equality for migrants across Europe and forge unity between countries. This is so important in today’s climate. People have forgotten that this world exists to be shared between all beings and we should all coexist in harmony. ID Babylon is a fantastic example for young people in today’s generation.”
“Living the ID-Babylon experience was continuously surprising to me, I had lots of fun along the journey. Since coincidentally my roots are connected with the historical city of Babel and I have a passion to keep its cultural and traditional torch burning, my sister and I were able to put a piece of our identity into the play (our language, dances, music etc.) and in a way, my identity was also being reshaped and added-on. I have learnt a lot from the other participants from all over Europe and we lived special moments that are now a part of us. However, the moment that struck me the most and would most-likely resonate with me the longest was not one of those.
After the show in Poland, we had an after-talk with the audience (school students and their teachers). We sat down. The lights changed. I could see their faces now and from deep within me an emotion started rising. A familiar one and yet I was not able to recognize it at that moment. Silence and teenage awkwardness took over the place for a bit. So I took the initiative and the first words that came out of my mouth were “soo… are there any questions?” I glanced over to look if someone raised their hand, and here I was able to see that some of them were avoiding eye-contact purposefully. I crossed my arms and legs and that emotion was getting stronger. my whole body closed up on itself. The first finger is being raised and he asks “where do you originally come from?” which to be honest is a very reasonable question since my mother-tongue Aramaic does not have a lot of resemblance to German nor English. I felt an unreasonable that I might say something wrong even though there is nothing wrong to say to the question. I answered anyway and afterwards the talk went smoothly onwards. I’ve read about the political situation regarding the refugees in Poland before but I did not give it much thoughts cause I can’t do anything about it. I’m saying this because the conversation was stearing towards this subject matter and when it started it hit me all of the sudden. The emotion that I was having was the same that I had when I was a 15 year old boy in Syria during the revolution. I was one of the oppositions and always had my guards on, I didn’t want for anyone to know about because it might have a negative impact on my family and me. The resemblance was shocking. The same thoughts, the same looks from people around me that knew about it and the same walls that I’m surrounding myself inside of them so that no one sees me. Once the knowledge was there I was able to go over that fear and everything was back to normal and a girl asked us to sing something and we did and few of them even sang with us because they knew that song.
This experience wasn’t particularly good or bad but very interesting for me nonetheless. it speaks volumes about today’s society. Just to avoid misunderstandings what I’m referring to in this report is not the current political or sociological state in Poland but only my own incident cause I’m not in any way, shape or form able to comment on these things, and/or try to give a bad impression about the polish people, in fact, I met the next day youngsters in the workshop, that were very competent and most importantly very nice, we worked together and learned a lot from each other, and this for me is the beauty of ID: Babylon.”
– Omid, 22 years, one of the young participants of ID:Babylon from Germany, September 2019