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!
Last week I was for six days in Sinop to participate in a training course for youth workers. The project is called “WHO?”. The answer is “Women”.Women and girls throughout the world experience violence, discrimination, inequality, and poverty. Despite the existence of international covenants, regional treaties and domestic laws intended to codify and realise women’s human rights, the reality is that women and girls are routinely unable to claim their basic rights. They also suffer from a huge rate of unemployment because of lack of necessary competences, responsibility for taking care of children and home and oppressive power of men upon women.
Furthermore, Europe has been dealing with the continous flows of immigrants and refugees especially since the last year. Among them, there are so many women who are struggling to survive, protect and feed their children without any penny. Empowering women in Europe has shown a lot of progress throughout the last decades. But it is still far beyond the expected results.
Sinop Valiligi, as the applicant of the Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility of Youth Workers project “WHO” forsees the situation of women not only in Turkey, but also throughout Europe and launches a training course for the youth leaders and youth workers to empower the
capacity of disadvantaged women / migrant women to develop their initiative skills in order to participate in the labour market and provide competences for the organisations to establish their social enterprises in favour of young women.
The training course was extremely interesting in my opinion. I’ve have met a lot of inspiring people and the several experiences of the working process were learning full. Again, I have enriched myself and I’m very grateful to be part of this project.
The last days were very productively. First of all I gave a presentation about the importance of a youth worker in the work framework of the Fair Employment project. It’s important to help youngsters in their process of development and finding their own identity. When the youngsters truly know what they stand for and who they are, they will be in a better position to fight the world. This process of self-development is a never ending story of course! If you possess more and more self-knowledge, you will create opportunities for yourself. This fact we should not forget in case of job opportunities. As an example, we can use the Roma workshops. Through informal education we can develop new skills (English basics, exploring new talents, etc…), which the Roma can use for self-development and even in search of a new job.
Second I’m starting up a new project, called “The dirty laundry of Maribor”. The project is a social project with public participation. There is a English saying that goes like: “To air your dirty laundry”. We are going to implement this saying into reality! What’s your opinion about problems in Maribor? What do you think about this city? Do you have met any struggles in Maribor? The people have to tell us.
They can participate 17 February 2017 during “The dirty laundry of Maribor – project”. Write down your opinion and issues on the dirty laundry hanging at a public clothesline. Combine your strength and tell us what is happening in Maribor. At the end, we will collect all of the opinions and communicate them to the municipality. Through active citizenship we can actually change something!
In the end of February I will make an exhibition about the project in the EPEKA gallery. Also we will put all of the opinions in the Facebook community “The voices of Maribor”. Here we can discuss afterwards and take further action!
Today I had a first workshop with minority youngsters with a Roma background. This workshop was about mixing elements of Balkan and Roma music, combined with the modern dance music. The language that we spoke was English, not evident for the youngsters, but necessary for their development in society. The start looks promising, but there is still a lot to be learned!