Lavinia-Maria Chitu

Afterhills … si povestea frumoasa continua

S-a incheiat si Afterhills 2019, cel mai mare festival din regiunea Moldovei si totodata al 3-lea dupa Electric Castle si Summer Well care a fost accesibil si persoanelor cu deficiente de auz. Ce mai pot spune acum la final? Decat ca sunt fericita…

Sunt fericita pentru ca ceea ce am crezut initial la Electric Castle ca este doar un “experiment” sau o imagine de marketing s-a dovedit de fapt a fi o initiativa serioasa care a continuat. Sunt fericita ca in sfarsit exista si in tara mea niste oameni cu putere de decizie care vor sa-si ajute semenii cu nevoi speciale si sa le accesibilizeze astfel de evenimente, sa-i includa si pe ei intr-o viata sociala normala, sa le ofere o speranta, o incantare si un sprijin intr-un drum al vietii plin de griji, probleme si ignoranta care intr-un fel i-a facut sa se inchida acolo in lumea lor, in lumea tacerii. Credeti-ma ca in aproape 3 ani de cand m-am implicat in domeniul muzical sa fac ceva pentru ei macar la nivel local, am auzit multe promisiuni…doar promisiuni, am vazut multa nepasare, am avut parte de multe usi inchise in nas…

Sunt fericita pentru ca daca pana mai acum cateva luni ma tot uitam pe youtube la festivaluri din alte tari traduse in limbajul semnelor pentru publicul surd prezent acolo si ma tot intrebam…oare la noi cand asa ceva? se va face vreodata? se va gasi cineva care sa treaca de la vorbe la fapte?…uite ca acum exista si la noi, si au fost deja 3 evenimente importante, si eu am fost acolo pe scena la 2 dintre ele. Am tradus, am interpretat, am dansat impreuna cu publicul surd, impreuna cu parintii mei, impreuna cu toti ceilalti si am trait cu totii bucuria si emotia muzicii, a muzicii dincolo de sunet.

Sunt fericita pentru campaniile care s-au facut in mediul online legate de aceasta accesibilizare de catre organizatori si de catre cei implicati in mod direct, dar si de presa independenta care in articolele scrise au mentionat acolo intr-un paragraf aceasta initiativa si au laudat-o.

Sunt fericita pentru ca si la Afterhills au venit la mine persoane cu auz normal din public care au fost surprinse de ceea ce fac acolo pe scena pentru acesti oameni surzi, m-au felicitat si m-au incurajat sa continui aceasta munca. Si chiar si membrii unor formatii pentru care am tradus! Nu pot exprima in cuvinte ceea ce am simtit in acele momente. Simt ca in sfarsit exista o unitate, exista empatie si intelegere pentru aceasta comunitate de oameni in care m-am nascut si am crescut. Si faptul ca niste oameni necunoscuti vin si iti spun ca iti apreciaza munca si se bucura deopotriva cu oamenii surzi de muzica, sunt pentru mine lucruri care nu pot sa ma faca decat sa merg inainte si sa continui sa-mi fac treaba cat mai bine. Am vazut de pe scena, nu mai exista nicio diferenta intre publicul normal si cel surd…toti erau cu mainile in aer si se miscau in acelasi ritm…ce pot spune mai mult…

La Afterhills am avut bucuria sa cunosc personal oameni surzi care locuiau in zona Moldovei si pe care ii stiam doar din mediul online. Desi in prima seara au venit mai putini si erau destul de sceptici de ceea ce se va petrece, in a doua si a treia seara au venit in numar mult mai mare. Si-au anuntat intre timp rudele, prietenii, unii dintre ei si-au adus si copiii…am fost acolo o mare familie si ne-am bucurat impreuna de acest festival. Alaturi de colegii mei interpreti Eliza si Bogdan din cadrul ANSR Bucuresti am tradus live pe scena in limbajul semnelor melodiile formatiilor Les Elephants Bizarres, Jurjak, Subcarpati si Suie Paparude in cele 3 zile de festival. Dar dupa aceea ramaneam impreuna cu aceasta mare familie inca mult timp si le traduceam acolo langa scena, melodiile si altor formatii care urmau. Am simtit atata energie, atata bucurie…nu se mai saturau…”auzeau” muzica live pentru prima data in viata lor, erau pentru prima data in viata lor la un festival si traiau fiecare clipa. Li s-a deschis o usa, li s-a intins o mana, li s-a oferit un dar care le-a umplut inimile si sufletele de fericire si speranta. A fost atat de frumos si am trait impreuna magia muzicii fara bariere. Dar acum ei vor mai mult, doresc ca mai multe formatii sa fie traduse in limbajul semnelor, doresc ca scena interpretilor sa fie mai aproape de scena principala, doresc ca eventual si un monitor de mai mari dimensiuni sa fie instalat si pe care sa fie proiectata imaginea interpretului. Cu siguranta ca si aceste lucruri se vor realiza pe viitor. Important este ca s-a dat startul la normalitate si ca a existat o continuitate la aceste festivaluri din punct de vedere al accesibilizarii pentru persoanele surde si am convingerea ca pe viitor vor urma multe altele atat in Bucuresti cat si in marile orase din tara. Muzica este a tuturor!

Doresc sa multumesc inca o data organizatorilor si tuturor celor implicati care au facut posibila prezenta persoanelor surde la aceste evenimente si nu in ultimul rand Alexandrei, o persoana extraordinara care a fost permanent alaturi de noi, a coordonat intreaga echipa de interpreti mimico-gestuali si a avut grija sa nu ne lipseasca nimic. Suntem inca la inceput dar viitorul va fi fantastic!

Sa ne vedem cu bine la urmatorul festival!

 

Afterhills … and the beautiful story goes on

Afterhills 2019, the largest festival in the Moldova region of Romania and the 3rd after the Electric Castle and Summer Well music festivals which was accessible to the hearing impaired people, was also concluded. What can I say now at the end? Except I’m happy …

I am happy that what I initially believed at Electric Castle to be just an “experiment” or marketing image turned out to be a serious initiative that continued. I am happy that finally, in my country, there are people with decision-making power who want to help the other persons with special needs and to make them accessible such events, to include them into a normal social life, to offer them hope, delight and support in a path of life full of sorrows, problems and ignorance that somehow made them to isolate in their own world, in the world of silence. Believe me that in almost 3 years since I got involved in the field of music to do something for them at least at locally level, I heard many promises … but only promises, I saw a lot of indifference, I’ve got many doors closed in my face …

I am happy because if only a few months ago I was still watching on youtube various festivals in other countries translated into sign language for the deaf audience present there and still wondering … when will this happen to my country? will it ever be done? will anyone will involve and finnaly do something? … look, they were made also in Romania, and there were already 3 important events, and I was there on stage at 2 of them. I have translated, I have interpreted, I have danced with the deaf audience, with my parents, with all the others and I have experienced all the joy and emotion of music, of music beyond sound.

I am happy about all the campaigns that have been carried out in the online web and social media related to this accessibility by the organizers and those directly involved, but also by the independent press that mentioned the initiative in a paragraph in this article and had a good opinion about it.

I am happy because at the Afterhills festival people with normal hearing came to me from the audience and they were surprised about what I was doing on stage for these deaf people, they congratulated me and encouraged me to continue this work. And even the members of some bands that I translated for! I cannot express in words what I felt in those moments. I felt that finally there is a unity, there is empathy and understanding for this community of people where I was born and raised. And the fact that some people unknown to me come and tell you that they appreciate your work and enjoy the music with deaf people, there are things for me that can only make me to go ahead and continue to do my job even better. I saw from the stage, there was no difference between the normal and the deaf audience … they were all holding hands in the air and moving in the same way, in one rhythm … what can I say more …

At Afterhills I had the pleasure of personally meeting many deaf people who are living in the area of ​​Moldova and whom I only knew from the online environment. Although fewer people came on the first evening and were quite skeptical of what will going to happen, in the second and in third evenings they came in much larger number. Meanwhile they announced their relatives, friends and some of them also came with their children … we were there a big family and we enjoyed this festival together. Along with my colleagues, sign language interpreters, Eliza and Bogdan from ANSR Bucharest, I translated live on stage into the language the songs of the Les Elephants Bizarres, Jurjak, Subcarpati and Suie Paparude band during the 3 days of the festival. But after my every day performance I stayed with this big family for a long time and I translated to them there near the stage, the songs of other bands that followed. I felt so much energy, so much joy … they were so excited … they “heard” live music for the first time in their life, they were for the first time in their life at a music festival and they lived every moment. A door was opened to them, they were offered a gift that filled their hearts and souls with happiness and hope.

It was so beautiful and we lived together the magic of music without barriers. But now they want more, they want more bands to be translated into sign language, they want the performers’ stage to be closer to the main stage, they want a larger video panel to be installed and the image of the interpreter to be projected on it. Surely, these things will be done in the future. It is important that the normality has started and that there has been a continuity of these festivals in terms of accessibility for deaf people and I am convinced that in the future many more such events will follow both in Bucharest and in the big cities in my country. Music is for everyone!

I would like to once again give my deepest thanks to the organizers and all those involved who made this music festival accessible for deaf people and not least, to Alexandra, an extraordinary person who was permanently with us, coordinated the entire team of sign language interpreters and took care of us. We are still at the beginning but the future will be fantastic!

See you all at the next festival!

 

 

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