In partnership with Hiriya Recycling Park in Israel, there will once again be an Africa Goal exhibition, this time in Tel Aviv. The exhibition, centering around the beautiful handmade footballs (or ‘Jualas’) collected through Africa Goal’s Trading Footballs initiative, will present the project’s activities through a theme of viewing challenge as opportunity for significant change. The exhibition will be brought to light this World Cup (2018) and will take place at the Center for Environmental Education at the heart of the Hiriya site. The exhibition will be open to the public for several months.
The Dan Region Association’s Center for Environmental Education opened in 2007 and remains the largest center in Israel for education and outreach on issues of waste and consumerism. The center opened in the historic building of Israel’s first compost factory, which closed in the 1960s. The building was redesigned in line with the environmental principle of re-using discarded materials.
The location of the Center and its unique design and construction using waste materials found in the Recycling Park are an expression of an educational approach promoting integration of a sensual-emotional experience with presentation of current knowledge and advanced approaches to the issues of consumer culture and waste management.
This model is intended to demonstrate the problems of excessive consumption and increased waste generation on the one hand, whilst on the other hand offering relevant applicable solutions. The Center also aims to motivate visitors to assume personal responsibility and deepen the public’s commitment to improving our social-environmental impact.
Visitors to The Center tour the Recycling Park and the waste transfer stations, take part in debates concerning consumer culture and they attend hands-on creative workshops about recycling and waste management. They can also climb to the lookout at the top of the rehabilitated Mountain of Waste to take in the view.
The exhibition will present handcrafted footballs, produced from a variety of different recycled local materials, which were traded for ‘real’ factory made footballs in previous Africa Goal campaigns. Each ball was traded in a a different place along the Africa Goal journey, applying a variety of available methods and materials: knitting, sewn fabrics, wire, heat pressed plastic, banana leaves and more. The balls are a symbol of the love for football, creative thinking, recycling and ingenuity in the face of adversity.
The exhibition has a wide target audience, from children, adults, football lovers of all ages and photography enthusiasts. As a celebration of the world cup, and to mark the opening of the Africa Goal exhibition, from 1/7/2017 – 3/7/2018 Hiriya Recycling Park will host free live screening of the World cup matches to the whole family, including organizing activities for children, tours to the recycling facilities and much more – all to complement the Exhibition.
The Exhibition at the Center for Environmental Education and the events were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Dan Region Association of towns.