… a teaching-learning methodology imbued with elements from art therapy, which – by the group creation of an animation:

1. enables and promotes the articulation of social issues (racism, environmental disaster, gender) affecting the creators themselves

2. impacts at the conscious (knowledge and active action) and subconscious levels (attitudes and deep psychological content)

3. develops the skills of unbridled associative thinking, the aesthetic sense and project discipline

What challenges does the BANGA address?

1. institutional learning focuses on performance, subject knowledge, and labour market skills. The BANGA focuses on joy of activity, on beauty and on community experience – these are stable piles of learning process

2. the space for self-expression and the ventilation of emotions narrows; yoga is reduced to being a fad, and mindfulness – given the tight timeframes – cannot contribute to mental health

3. the target group cannot work effectively on the projects (deadlines, roles, goals, feedback, internal communication)

4. educators practicing their profession are on the verge of burnout, university students are overburdened, there are hardly any places where they can address a problem in depth or over a longer period of time 

What is the effect?

1. participation is an opportunity for ventilation. Sometimes people do not need more, than expressing their troubles. But often it is not so easy to find the appropriate voice for it. The artistic activity opens the door.

2. the project reinforces the feeling: “I am not alone with my problem.” The group-members recognize, that other members suffer the same.

3. Banga provides several way for coping by the team-members.


A group is formed of individuals who are themselves affected by a particular social problem. They design and create an animated film from storyline to the very last frame. Participants go through the complete project cycle from idea to evaluation. Main pillars:

1. teaching methodology: group work, responsibility, training elements

2. project collaboration: full cycle

3. artistic creation and clearing of the psyche: beauty and emotional ventilation

4. dealing with social issues: involvement and structured cognition

5. autonomy and competence: “we were able to try ourselves and figure out who’s good at what”, “the point is that we are able to create a product we can be proud of and look back on with joy even though we did not know each other at the start”, writes one of the participants.

What is the innovative in BANGA?

There is no innovation in the elements separately. The innovation is in the interconnection of the elements

1. artwork, self-expression, psychotherapy, and the processing of social issues in a single project

2. a novel approach to project work: complete freedom (possibly including: creative chaos) coupled with self-inflicted-pain-free discipline in the implementation phase, as well as continuous self-reflection, presence, feedback

3. the integration of storytelling, modern techniques, online tools and personal discussion as the most effective communication channel

4. project stakeholders: multipliers. Their personal development occurs without being given any particular emphasis. Having been engrained in the process of co-creation, the newly acquired approach and vision is unconsciously carried back into the classroom or into the profession of journalism.