PAINTING AND DANCING EUROPEAN IDENTITY
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Dec 31, 2015
We live in a moment in which both, the european integration process has created a debate on European Identity and xenophobia has increased around Europe due to the crisis. Therefore it is important to cultivate European cultural diversity as integrative. Art is one of the highest expressions of the culture of a country and it is also a universal tool of understanding among global citizens. In this sense, "Painting and Dancing, European Identity" incorporated painting and dance as work tools which allowed the participants to explore and accept the differences and similarities embedded within European cultures.
During the 7 days + 2 travelling days of the project, the 42 participants (including group leaders) participated in activities which combined painting and dance as nonverbal expressions of the concept of European (plural) identity, and dynamic games and discussions as verbal expressions of the same topic. Finally, they showed what they had learned in a final performance that included dancing and painting performances in which participants expressed their similarities and differences to explain the European identity to the citizens of Sabadell.
Eligible participants were interested in painting and dance and were also interested in the main topic of the exchange, European identity. At the end of the exchange the participants were able to describe European identity as a plurality of cultures. They also understood and knew the cultures of the countries of the rest of participants. The exchange also impacted their ability to relate to people from other cultures and to express themselves through dance and painting. The entire project was documented in audiovisual format, so that the participants could disseminate what they had learnt in their own countries. Their communicative, interpersonal and creative skills were also improved having an especial incidence in their daily lives and professional careers.
In the long term, these participants are expected to have a sense of belonging to Europe. Moreover, the dissemination of the audiovisual material recorded during the exchange is expected to help to promote respect for all cultures and the conception of Europe as a region rich in cultural diversity.
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