From 20-21 May 2016, two of our team members and it’s volunteers participated in the European Youth Event (EYE) organised by the European Parliament and European Youth Forum in the beautiful city of Strasbourg. As a partner organisation of the event, we delivered our own activity based on non formal education where we asked the participants to think and reflect about how they would build a better Europe. Engaging discussions with people from different countries gathered many ideas and now we want to share them with all of you. We have created a full report where you will be able to read in depth the resulting content of the activity and also our experience collaborating with EYE.
On Saturday 3rd May, we hosted a unique one-day project with our partners Loesje. The aim of the project was to work alongside other Loesje partners around Europe, all on the same day, to create a collective book and DVD.
The overall topic was freedom of expression (that includes freedom of speech, press freedom, opinion forming and making). The aim was to work in every country with artistic mediums such as: music, video, photography, theatre, creative writing, street art and painting, graphical and digital design and dance and movements.
Following our appearance on Radio Scotland’s Book Cafe, talking about the project, we had received messages of interest and good wishes from as far away as Arizona and Malta. We never knew Radio Scotland was so international…
On the day itself, we met on a misty morning and started sharing ideas over pots of steaming Tchai Ovna tea. From there we decided to make collective posters on themes related to freedom of expression and to stick them up around the city later on and take photographs of our adventures.
After some more cups of tea the creative juices started to flow and the group came up with our second series of Scottish Loesje posters. In the afternoon, as the sun started to come out, we hit the streets to stick up our posters.
The material from all the other actions from the 3rd May are being submitted and will be centrally edited and printed in June. We will let you all know when we receive copies of the Book then.
You can check more projects like this one in our blog and our website: http://www.xchangescotland.org