EVS 2018 it’s the project where we can find, as ESC 2020, one of the closest connections. Both our current coordinators Matylda and Estelle we indeed involved in it: the first as a worker, the second as a volunteer. And indeed, it was with Estelle that i had my information-grabbing conversation to learn all the facts that I am going to present to you right now: a very long talk, so many facts, so many memories.
But – after all – one year is a fairly big amount of time, isn’t it?
European Day – May 9th 2018
Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘. Briefly contextualized: at a speech in Paris in 1950, just after the destructions of World War II, Robert Schuman, French foreign minister of that time, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. His vision was economical: the idea was to create a European institution that would collaborate togheder and manage coal and steel production, and a treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
For this initiave the volunteers created a live museum of history. It was an animation initiave which took place in a small village in the Wroclaw area, where every volunteer disguised himself as a famous feature or piece of culture typical of his country of belonging. For example, from Spain it was created a castle with a queen, and from France it was made a theatre play with subject of the french revolution. From Italy, the main character was art: the volunteers recreated in fact the Mona Lisa painting.
The celebration of Europe Day included an exibition, interactive activities with the kids about Europe (for instance, the composition of a gigantic Europe puzzle made of wood), and also a music contest on the notes of “Ode of Joy”, the EU anthem. It was an occasion of experiencing the european values and to meet people from different nationalities to whose, due to cultural or geographical reason, very rarely or never had the chance.
Brave kids Festival
A few of the volunteers were also working in the “Brave Kids festival” initiative. It is an interational festival happening in various location around the world, Wroclaw included.
Reading from the official website: ” […] Brave Kids is an educational and artistic project during which children’s art groups from all over the world meet. They differ in life experiences, artistic talents, religions and traditions. What they have in common is the will to create together, openness to other people and the incredible ability to overcome barriers and limitations of the adult world.
A significant aspect of Brave Kids is the involvement of the local community – children participating in the project live in the homes of local families. For host families, Brave Kids is a unique closeness of a completely different world, as well as a lesson of generosity, patience and often a lifelong friendship. Thanks to the commitment and work of a multitude of volunteers, in each city and at every stage of Brave Kids, the meeting of children takes place in a friendly atmosphere, and the project itself can develop beautifully.
The grand finale of Brave Kids is a performance prepared together, which is a colorful collage of cultures and traditions. The kids prove that within a few weeks, by sharing their experience and skills, they can prepare a show that is a symbol of peace, friendship and the voice of children. Brave Kids is the time and place where we give this voice to children. The viewers are invited to accept the gift of their extremely joyful, full of energy and colorful artistic work.”
Volunteer at Slot Art Festival
As in 2016, the volunteers joined the Slot Art Festival during the summer, thanks to a collaboration between Tratwa and the organizing association. We talked about the festival here. According to Estelle, it was such a fun experience, “even though it was raining literaly all the time”.
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