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YE-Choir connecting people
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project is a youth exchange project with culture and music as a main theme. The partners are Youth Choir from Lillehammer and Youth Choir from Pacos de Brandao near Porto, Portugal. That make a group of 46 young people in the age 14 -25. Venue for activities will be Pacos de Brandao. The exchange took place from June 22 nd to June 26th, which is 5 days (exclusive travel days) The aim of the project is that different countries work together with a subject they are interested in, participants in project are young musicians. That`s why we chose "Choir connecting people" as a title of our project. Music is universal value for the whole Europe and by singing together we wanted to overcome the cultural barriers between different countries. Today`s Europe is multicultural and we, as European citizens, need to learn to understand each other, to be tolerant and open, and to find solutions that will work for all. Every day youths had workshops which allowed them to experience, explore, reflect and learn about culture of another country. Young people worked together and learned from each other. They had an opportunity to observe differences and commons between to countries and learn tolerance and respect for other cultures. It was important to offer a place for discussion about cultural diversity in Europe, a place developing self confidence and promoting solidarity and friendship among young people. We worked with Norwegian and Portuguese folk music which supposed to give participants possibility to experience music from different countries by hearing it as well as performing it. Youth choose songs. We had to concerts: one at the beginning of the project, where we presented european music (as a part of european heritage) and the second at the end of the project - on the Festival in Pacos de Brandao where both choirs perfored together European, Norwegian and Portuguese music. We used active learning and non formal learning methods such as workshops, discussions, presentation, and learning by doing. Youths were active in working with all the phases of the project. They were actively involved in planning phase. Both groups met regularly to prepare the project, discuss and plan activities. They were in contact with the partner abroad making decisions and sharing tasks. Young participants were responsible for activities, for example presentation about their country in the national evening, national food, social games and plays. Young people made a reportage and film from the project and arrange a meeting with young people from Lillehammer schools, teachers and authorities to tell about their adventure. After the project, the knowledge about portuguese and norwegian culture and music were increased. Young people from both countries developed themselves as musicians and made new frienships abroad. We think that youths will be more open for other cultures and nationalities and will act together in the future. We think that they will be more active in a local life. Possibly they will be able to inspire local communities, especially other youths to take part in program. As a results of the project we had a little group from portuguese choir visiting us in Lillehammer. Youths from Lillehammer planned and organised everything of their own!
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