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Tales for Europe
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The youth exchange "Tales for Europe" will bring together young people from various European countries to explore roots of their cultures through national and international fairy tales. Fairy tale is exact example of cultural heritage which is unique for every country or region. It shows cultural identities and it is important to understand their roots. Through expressing fairy tale by various types of art, participants will get to know more about their culture as well as culture of the others. They will enrich themselves in an artistic way and they will awake their creativity. The idea came from a few young people who are interested in different kinds of folk culture and its impact to the present. They participated in previous exchange about folklore where they made an international group of young people who wants to make their exchange about the topic which is very interesting for them. Nowadays traditional fairy tales are not that popular like the new and modern kinds. This exchange is great opportunity to bring these old fairy tales back to life. During this youth exchange, young people from Poland, Belgium, Estonia, Macedonia and Turkey will be able to discover and compare their cultural heritage and artistic way of life. Together, they will be able to find a common European heritage and culture. The 8-day programme of the youth exchange will consist of various practical and active workshops devoted to many kinds of artistic expression like theatre, drawing and painting, fine art photography etc. Participants will also discuss about importance of our traditional culture in these days and importance of fairy tales. They will compare current fairy tales with their European cultural heritage. Practical workshops will be complemented by debriefing, discussions and other reflective sessions. Participants will be able to propose their own ideas and little workshops. Young people will create together also a performance of the fairy tales they will think up and create from scratch. A short video will also be created and disseminated. Participants will also communicate and interact with the local community in Bastogne where the project will take place. In the beginning of the exchange they will prepare the "intercultural dinner" where participants and local community will be able to see and try various kinds of typical food and drinks from participating countries. Day by day every participating country will present their country in so-called "national evenings" by various interactive tools like presentations, videos, photos, games, traditional dances and songs etc. In the end of the exchange there will be presentation of the Belgium culture. All evening parts of programme will be available for public. Our aim is to get in touch with local community and share with them the project. We will also co-operate with the municipality and the local TV to ensure visibility of the project.

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