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Appreciating Europe's Culture through Youth Creativity
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jan 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project explores music & culture vis-a-vis Youths. Music is one of those links with our fellow beings. Involvement in creative & cultural projects has a social dimension that is an important basis for building social capital and generate a community identity for youths. Music adds to the culture and is an important form of personal and group expression. If we look at all the societies and cultures, we can deduce that music has always played an important role in human society. Through this project we will explore how music functions in human society and how youths interact with it, how youths change it, pass it on and create new forms of expression. Music’s greatest value is its ability to embody and express that which is beyond actions and words. Music, through its communicative power, enhances youth engagement with the world in ways that have both personal and public benefits. These effects are instrumental in that they can open youths to life and create the fabric of shared values and meanings that improves the public sphere. Youth participation in musical performances encourages social cohesion and connectedness, thereby reducing youth isolation. This project is a youth exchange for 48 youth participants between the 12-10-2016 till 17-10-2016. An APV will be hosted in Malta on 05-09-2016, so that the project coordinators will ensure the logistics and safety of the participants is adhered to. Through this collective artistic youth mobility we will be providing a forum to voice our opinions, and promote our communities' unique cultural identity.This project:- promotes cooperation and partnerships between organisations in the field of youth;- promotes youth mobility between programme countries;- promote entrepreneurship within the participants; by allowing them to develop communication and leadership skills.- promotes youth participation in cultural and creative events, including exhibitions, music performances and discussion fora;- equips youths better for the labour market;- promotes the dual careers of youths in the field of creativity;- allows youths to work together by speaking in English;- promotes the inclusion of youths facing educational difficulties, especially those with poor school performance and early school-leavers;- promotes the development of entrepreneurial skills amongst youths, more specifically personal skills such as the the development of communication, management and leadership skills;- promotes the importance of self-identity within youths;- identifies common European cultural values and develops new ways to enhance cultural initiatives;- generates an appreciation towards Europe's common cultural heritage.We aim to achieve the objectives of this project though an extensive week of activities that features Cultural Visits and Talks Team Building Activities, Music collaborations & Creativity workshops, Music Performance(Public Concert), Discussion Fora, Talks and Evaluation Sessions.Through the creative and cultural events we aim to facilitate building a collective European identity amongst the participating youths. The events planned for this youth exchange provide a range of socially inclusive activities that contribute to overall well-being of the youths and their communities.
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