Mixed up Europe
Start date: Jul 1, 2015,
End date: Feb 29, 2016
"Mixed Up Europe", our second Youth Exchange, took place from 21-28/11 2015 in Agros village- Cyprus and it involved 50 young people between 16 and 25 years old, from 10 EU countries, interested in art, national traditions and curious about the world. It was created with the aim of preserving and promoting culture of different countries, as well as to raise awareness about other European nations, learn about their origins and thus to fight against harming prejudices.
In this project we discussed about the culture, gender equality, the ethics, the education system, the music, the traditional dances of partner groups. We had lectures, team games, workshops and discussion about all the unique cultures that are included under Europe . We aimed of knowing Europe : quiz, building maps, sport games, round table, open discussions, presenting traditional histories, workshops and outdoor activities. We will have a special day about mixing cultures and combine people from different background. The main topic of our exchange was discovering cultures and learn new ethics, arts and traditions. During the project we built bridges between the European Youth and promoted the EU citizenship and the values of our common future in Europe. Also during the project we organized intercultural nights where all the partner groups will present their country, their culture, traditional foods, drinks, music and dances.
The project was a combination of educational visits, development workshops, outdoor activities and groupwork sessions. It also aimed to give participants an insight into the benefits of European co-operation and to establish a working partnership for future projects.
The main theme of the project was to show colorfulness and multiculturalism of European countries. We focused mostly on dance and music because we believe that this will have a positive impact on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle (dance as a sport) as well as will show the opportunity for young people to spend their free time in a very fruitful way. Firstly they kept fit, secondly they supported and spread traditions of their countries. What is more we gathered youth not only from various countries, groups were also multi-religious. Despite all this differences, we will be all united in the common dance. As a result of cooperation we tried to disprove some stereotypes and prejudices about societies and kept all our activities in the spirit of solidarity, respect and mutual understanding. Our aim was also to include local community into our actions so that we could develop creativity and entrepreneurship. We gave participants a chance to present their skills and ideas.
We have more in common, but there are as well differences in our origins, and traditions. Especially now, in the age of globalization, we should be proud and preserve our cultural heritage. Maintaining traditions and broaden the knowledge about it will make us more aware and open minded citizens. What’s more during our project we were able to notice that our contemporary culture and and we, as a youth and as a human beings, are similar. It caused the reinforce of awareness of young people’s sense of European citizenship.
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