Partner: The CO2 –  Sector: Social inclusion  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Airola (Benevento) –  Year: 2018-2020 –  Project Status: Ongoing –  Type: AMI


Artistic workshops for young detainees at Airola juvenile prison aimed at producing a short documentary with original soundtrack.



To reinforce the permanent cultural unit begun two years ago at the Juvenile Penitentiary of Airola (IPM) by opening its work to the outside in order to create a relationship between the IPM and the local community; involving the youth of Airola in workshops carried out inside the IPM and involving the locals in a festival organized inside the beautiful theatre of the penitentiary.


Approximately 10 minors involved in the IPM workshops in Airola (Benevento); about 10 young students of a secondary school in Airola.


Co2 has been working in the Airola juvenile penitentiary in the province of Benevento since 2013, carrying out various artistic workshops. In jail, the language and techniques of the arts are instruments to learn team work and, especially, personal and collective responsibility as regards the mafia.

In 2020, Co2 aims to create a relationship between the IPM and the local community, inviting students in their last year of a high school located a few metres from the IPM to participate in the workshops and organize a festival inside the beautiful theatre of the prison, thus involving all the citizens of  Airola and nearby towns. The festival is organized in collaboration with the Dominio Pubblico Association. The entire process to prepare for the festival will be undertaken as a training activity involving the youths in artistic production. In this way, the young inmates are not simply beneficiaries of the festival but the actual organizers. The youth that are part of the script course will choose short films to show, while the youth taking the musical composition and theatre course will decide what kind of musical and theatrical performance to propose. The festival will take place on a week-end between the end of November and the beginning of December 2020.

In 2018 and 2019, with AMI support, Co2 offered the young inmates of the Airola IPM workshops in script writing and musical composition aimed at the production of short films on topics chosen with the beneficiaries.