Results from the Erasmus+-project ‘Art Neighboryouth’ will be shared during this mini conference. ‘Art Neighboryouth’ stands for art projects organised by youngsters, questioning social topics in public spaces.
The last two years, we have organised community art projects with young people, initiated by youth art organisations and youth worker educational organisations. These projects took place in Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Belgium. The involved youngsters used artistic methods to research social issues, paying close attention to social interaction within various groups of people. The public space offers an ideal social laboratory for these projects.
At the mini conference we will share the methodologies, cases and ideas we developed during the 2-year-project. Also we will explain the success factors and the difficulties of the artistic cases. During the conference we will share these aspects in workshops, at roundtable moments and with an inspiring lecture about the whole project. All partner organisations will be present to share their views on the project.
The Synagogue of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia has housed the Jewish Museum of History since 8 May, 1992. The Museum presents the history of Bulgarian Jews, including their fate during World War II. The Exposition “The Spiritual Light of the Synagogue” in KRUG Art Gallery was opened on 8 May (Monday) at 18.00 by the Director of the Jewish Historical Museum – the historian Vladimir Paunovski.
Who are the most influential spiritual leaders of the Jewish community after the re-establishment of the Bulgarian state under the Treaty of San Stefano of March 3, 1878? What are the general aims of their activity? Who are the initiators and architects of the Sofia Central Synagogue – one of the largest and most beautiful Jewish buildings in Europe and the world? What problems did they encounter when implementing this huge project and why was it necessary? What are the many cultural, political and socio-economic activities besides the religious functions that the Synagogue, as an institution, has been performing since its creation up to now? Why is it the natural place where the second Jewish Museum in the Balkans was created in 1992? What cultural influence did the synagogue as an institution and as an idea summary has on the development of the socio-cultural life of Bulgarian society for more than a century? These and many other questions are answered by the exhibition “The Spiritual Light of the Synagogue” of the National Jewish Museum of History on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The exposition is a part of the Cultural of the “Multicultural City” 2017 Initiative of KRUG Art Movement and Kardzhali Municipality.
The context in which we have prepared this event is special.
From 1 to 7 May hundreds of events were taking place across Europe to celebrate the 2017 European Youth Week! Hundreds people, institutions and teams in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages to celebrate the Europe Day 2017 on 9 May. How do we emphasize the contribution of young people to the mosaic of the 4 contemporary challenges facing Europeans today: solidarity, inclusiveness, democracy and active citizenship? We say this: Don’t miss this chance to participate and let the world know how you can make a real impact in your community! Get involved in youth policy making!
The annual “Multicultural City” Initiative has been a such technology for our team since 2008 up to now.
Last weekend we have opened the exhibition of my project “The dirty laundry of Maribor. The exhibition is about the public project I did last week. The project was a big succes and people can still participate during the interactive exhibition. Let’s all hope it will get a lot of response!
During the opening of the exhibition the goal of the project was reached: people really started the discuss all of the different dirty opinions that were written on the laundry. Afterwards, the visitors were able to write down their dirty opinions like we already did during the day of the project. There were some interesting debats! The following weeks we will communicate all of the dirty opinions to the municipality.
Last tuesday, 21 Febraury, I had my project “The dirty Laundry of Maribor”. Some weeks ago I already posted some information about the project on this blog, so in case of you have forgotten something: have a look to the previous post.
I’ve got to say that the project was really a succes. There was a lot of response and people were extremely enthusiastic. Because of those facts, we received a big amount of different opinions, all of them with their truth about it. It also got picked up by the local media and they were very intrigued by the idea that a young, foreign student actually tried to help the city of Maribor.
With this project we have showed the people of Maribor that there still is somekind of active citizenship present in their city. The one thing that caught my attention was that people were very curious about what was happening. Not all of the time people were participating with writing their opinions on the dirty clothes, but on the otherside they we’re reading all of the opinions and started a public discussion. This was my goal: create an open, public discussion!
With all the different materials, photos, videos and opinions that I’ve collected, I will make my own exhibition @EPEKA Gallery. This exhibition will open already this saturday. It will not be a normal exhibition, but an interactive one. What we did during the project day, we will actually also to during the exhibition. People will get a lot of input from the present opinions on the clothes and after they’ve read them, they can form their own opinion and also write them down on the dirty laudry.
Afterwards, we will have again an open, public discussion during the exhibition. Finally, when I have all of the opinions, I will collect them in a document. This document I will communinicate in the Facebookgroup “The voices of Maribor” and to the municipality.
Let’s hope it will be crowded during the opening of the exhibition!