Ten Montréalers were among 50 young people from five different French-speaking cities taking part in Avoir 20 ans en 2015, a project launched by stage director and actor Wajdi Mouawad with teenagers who would be 20 years old in 2015. Their goal was to learn independent thinking—for four years, they lived an artistic and personal journey of intellectual projects and cultural trips abroad (France, Africa, Poland ...), in addition to workshops and discussions with Wajdi Mouawad and the experts accompanying the group.
Cultural outings were held throughout the year so they could attend shows or participate in events. Each evening included dinner and discussion followed by meetings with professional artists. These activities helped the budding philosophers discover the richness and diversity of Montréal’s cultural offer.
The project began in 2011, in Athens, and concluded there in 2015. The return to the starting point let them assess their progress and reflect on how experiences, trips and exchanges had influenced their identity. The project had posed the following challenge: “Learn to think.” Beyond this goal, the project was an unforgettable experience for all of the participants. Now adults, just beginning their twenties, they returned from their odyssey with full suitcases—and a wealth of new ideas.