October 4, 2023

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Broken Cactus and Cucumber: Young people talk about cancer and taboos in a rap workshop

Broken Cactus and Cucumber: Young people talk about cancer and taboos in a rap workshop

Inloophuis Pisa organized a rap workshop last week that discussed the impact of language and word choice on yourself and your environment. Christian Nana of Work Heart Make Art spoke with young people about (swearing to) cancer, and turned these conversations into a soundtrack.

“The creative part makes it fun and interesting,” Christian says. “Because not only do you have conversations, those conversations also lead to a result.” Art is about connecting and finding recognition in each other. “This is why it is important to create a safe atmosphere and to be yourself vulnerable. We want to empower young people.”

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In a series of ten meetings (sponsored by Monota) he started talking about cancer in different ways. This time the influential boy Leonidas Michaelidis was a guest to share his story with the youth. He himself contracted cancer at a young age, which fortunately has now been cured.

He hopes to inspire others with his story. “Maybe nothing, the doctor said, but I just felt like it wasn’t right. Because I trusted my gut and persevered, we were there at the right time. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be there now.”

direct or indirect

Also, many of the young people attending have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. For example, Eva tells us about her grandparents: “My grandfather was sick and my grandmother had cancer, so she had to take care of them. And it was almost impossible to bring them together.” In addition, you understand that swearing with cancer can hurt many. “There are a lot of kids in my class who cry when someone with cancer swears because they know someone with cancer.”

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