¿Qué es Festival Somos Mar?
El Festival Somos Mar (FSM) es un evento participativo de artes creativas y audiovisuales enfocado en el bienestar humano y marino, que recorre escuelas públicas de comunidades pesqueras de la costa norte del Perú.
Co-producir contenidos con estudiantes y educadores sobre la narración de cuentos y la exploración del océano, el patrimonio natural y cultural es muy importante para generar cambios positivos en su comunidad, la conservación y el uso sostenible de los ecosistemas marinos costeros del Perú y el mundo. Seguiremos habilitando espacios de comunicación y participación con las niñas, niños y jóvenes de las comunidades peceras de pequeña escala.
Talleres de Animación
Talleres de Mural
Talleres de Fotografía
This year, thanks to a grant from the US Embassy in Peru, Festival Somos Mar is heading back up the Northern Coast and along rivers weaving through the Peruvian Amazon and Andres to collaborate with young learners and rural educators in coastal and inland small-scale fishing villages and indigenous communities. We added a new stop on our route: Puerto Malabrigo or Chicama (the longest left-breaking wave in the world), Peru. Follow our Instagram for updates from now through November 2023.
This year, we are focusing our participatory audiovisual workshops on El Niño, a natural climate event intensified by climate change that occurs in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, which can have significant effects on weather patterns around the world. El Niño events typically occur every few years and can last for several months.
El Niño can have both positive and negative impacts. On the positive side, El Niño events can bring increased rainfall to the region, which can be beneficial for agriculture and water resources. However, excessive rainfall can also lead to flooding, landslides, and other hazards.
Students from I.E. Jose Andres Razuri, the local public school in Puerto Malabrigo, teamed up with archaeologists from the University of California San Diego and Universidad de Trujillo to create an incredible stop-motion animation. This fun and engaging animation showcases the fascinating cultures that once lived in Chicama, thousands of years ago. Students dug alongside archaeologists and learned how their ancestors dealt with past El Niños. The talented students worked hand in hand with the archaeologists to bring this ancient world to life. They used colorful clay figures and exciting animation techniques to tell the story of the people who lived in Chicama long ago. But their animation isn't just for entertainment — it carries an important message too.
The students convey the importance of protecting our natural-cultural heritage. They show us how tomb raiding can harm these precious treasures and how we can all play a role in preserving them for future generations. Through their creativity and passion, these incredible students inspire us to appreciate and value the wonders of our past. Their stop-motion animation is not only entertaining but also a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting our history and the incredible cultures that shaped our world.
In a heartwarming project, young learners from El Ñuro's local public school created a captivating stop-motion animation. Their story revolves around a white puma deeply in love with the ocean. However, their narrative goes beyond romance as they use their animation to shed light on the environmental changes occurring in their surroundings. Specifically, they showcase the consequences of warm water buildup in the tropical Pacific west of South America, including heavy rains, flooding, and other transformations due to El Niño. Through their creative work, these young students aim to celebrate the positives of the natural El Niño events. Their animation serves as an enchanting tool to inspire viewers to reflect on non-human lives and interactions.
To be continued...
We are currently on the road to producing more festivals along Peru's northern coast and deep within the Amazon and Andes. Stay tuned for more content coming soon!
During the 2022 International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, Coast 2 Coast worked with the Lighthouse Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to co-create a curriculum framed by the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. The SSF Guidelines are the first international instrument dedicated to protecting the human rights of people engaged in artisanal or otherwise small-scale fishing practices and activities. Coast 2 Coast worked with young learners and educators in Peru and virtually with classrooms in Madagascar, India, and Nigeria to co-produce the lesson plans and enrichment activities, exploring the guidelines as reflected in students’ realities. Festival Somos Mar in 2022 served as the curriculum’s pilot.
Our epic team engaged young learners and educators in public schools rooted in Negritos, Talara, Lobitos, El Ñuro, and Los Órganos. For the first time, the festival crew went inland to collaborate with community-based partners championing Peru’s Amazon and Andes's incredibly diverse social-ecological systems. The team facilitated "Talleres Somos Ríos," or We are Rivers Workshops in Tupén Grande along the Marañón River (main tributary of the Amazon River) in the Peruvian Andean highlands, and with two indigenous Yanesha communities in the Amazon: Pan de Azúcar and Santo Domingo.
A team of scientists, educators, and artists worked with local teachers to facilitate select lesson plans with students. We also facilitated teacher training by pitching curriculum ideas and receiving their feedback. The pilots realized three stop-motion animations, two murals, ten photography series, and several artistic productions like cyanotype prints, protest signs, letters to policymakers, community maps, and more. Coast 2 Coast also facilitated workshops for adult learners like women involved in post-processing work and local stakeholders, including municipality officials.
Virtual pilots took place within the student focus groups in Peru, India, Madagascar, and Nigeria. As part of the virtual pilots, Coast 2 Coast also piloted the design of a regional photography contest engaging students and teachers in public schools along Peru's northern coast and inland fishing communities in the Piura region.
We are seeking collaborations with educators from SSF communities worldwide to work with us by reviewing the curriculum.
El Festival Somos Mar se realizó de manera virtual y semi presencial con los estudiantes de la I.E. Salazar Bondy de Los Órganos.
Young Learners also painted murals illustrating their ocean's rich biodiversity while noting legal regulations for sustainable resource use. This was transformed into Enrichment Activity 5.4: The Beauty of Biodiversity - Mural Mosiacs, where students draw pictures of their favorite aquatic non-humans with any management rules they uncover for safeguarding them.
El Festival Somos Mar se realizó de manera presencial y virtual con los estudiantes de la I.E. en el Ñuro.
Students also in El Ñuro painted a mural of a woman in fisheries' hands, complimenting those of a fisherman on a mural realized during FSM 2021. The two murals together represent gender equity in fisheries from the net to the pot, celebrating the vital role of women in SSF as described in Chapter 8: Gender Equality in the SSF Guidelines.
+ Lobitos, Talara, Negritos
We also engaged teachers across the schools in piloting lesson plans with us for one hour, and in the second hour of the session, teachers gave their feedback, having experienced the dynamic themselves. They either redesigned the activity based on their understanding and limitations or looked through the guidelines and created a new one.
During IYAFA 2022, Coast 2 Coast took the spirit of Festival Somos Mar into the Peruvian Amazon and Andes to work with inland fishing communities and Indigenous peoples. It was incredibly exciting to work for the first time with freshwater communities, piloting lesson plans and enrichment activities created for the SSF Guidelines Curriculum to see if these could be relevant and meaningful for local youth living in SSF communities along rivers deep within canyons and rainforests.
Tupén Grande, one of the most populated and least accessible communities in the Andean highlights of Peru, was chosen because of the link between Marañón Experience, a rafting company and colleagues of Coast 2 Coast, and one of the teachers from the only primary school in the area. Through this connection, C2C coordinated with the educational center and the students who would later participate in the festival. A team from Coast 2 Coast and Marañón Experience, with volunteers and members of an upriver community, set off on a 2-day rafting trip to the Tupén Grande community. A total of 18 students participated in three days of photography workshops and piloting the same mural activity as C2C facilitated in Los Órganos, highlighting the nearshore aquatic biodiversity and ways to care for it. The move was perfectly translatable, and rather than top-down fisheries regulations, young participants learned more about customary laws related to the co-management of the river.
C2C partnered with Colectivo Ecológico Amazonía Regenerativa (CEARE) to realize audiovisual workshops in two indigenous communities deep within the Peruvian Amazon. C2C worked with the village of Santo Domingo and Pan de Azucar, facilitating thaumatrope workshops where Yanesha youth and elders produced their own simple animations, an optical illusion based on combining two images with movement. This became the curriculum's very first lesson plan. We also facilitated photography workshops exploring the rainforest's biodiversity and a stop-motion animation on the challenge of illegal logging in the jungle.
Entre 2019 y 2021, Coast 2 Coast no pudo facilitar el Festival Somos Mar debido al COVID-19 en 2020.
Somos así porque el océano es así. Mares saludables significan humanos saludables. En el espíritu de la ciencia ciudadana, el Festival Somos Mar genera un diálogo sobre los problemas que enfrentan las comunidades de pescadores, como la inseguridad alimentaria, la contaminación y la corrupción, en un esfuerzo por establecer reservas marinas y políticas de conservación.
FECHAS: De febrero a mayo 2019
UBICACIÓN: Norte del Perú, Humboldt Corriente
Nuestro festival inaugural de artes mediáticas participativas para la salud de los océanos y el bienestar de la comunidad recorrido cinco escuelas locales en Pueblos pesqueros históricamente marginados a lo largo de la costa norte del Perú donde se encuentra el 70% de la biodiversidad marina del país y la mayor concentración de operaciones de explotación petrolera. Nuestro equipo multidisciplinario facilitará talleres audiovisuales, capacitaciones de maestros y una iniciativa comunitaria de mapeo de riqueza oceánica establecer un diálogo y intercambios de información. nuestro inmediato El objetivo es involucrar a los jóvenes locales de una manera lúdica que realmente fomente la confianza en sí mismos, los valores culturales y la administración marina para los futuros sostenibles de sus comunidades costeras.