YE-Leirbål og Legender del I
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 1, 2015
"Legends and camp fires - part I" is a cultural exchange project for young people from Norway, Sweden, Poland and United Kingdom with an interest for theatre and history. The Project is first part of a cultural exchange which ended with the project "Legends and camp fires - part II" in Gotland, Sweden, in August 2015.
The project consists of 49 participants. During the Medieval Festival of Tønsberg 3.-8. June, they came toghether for an intense period of living and working together. During this time, they worked with different ways of dissemination of both thir spesific and common historical heritage.
We made stunts and performances based on medieval theatre forms. These performances was presented within the market area of the festival. In addition, we ran a small medieval fair with free activities for children aged 3-10, and touch subjects such as historical games and competitions, crafts and archery - all through a "learning-by doing" - approach.
An important part of the project was that all the participants as far as possible live togther in a "medieval camp" with big medieval tents, open fires etc. All meals was as far as possible be prepared over the fire, which also will be the camp's social midpoint. We use 3-4 big medieval tents, some space in a nearby school and a big tent on the festival area. As the age of the participants differ, we had to divide into groups by age rather than by sex when it comes to who sleeps where.
We worked both day- and nighttime. Facilitating for physical training in the morning, work with the fair, games and other activities early day, and performances in the afternoons/evenings. There was also time for the youngsters' personal reflection and non-formal communication, as well as concerts and perfomances from the festival's cultural programme.
As far as possible, all work will was outdoors.
During all work, there was openings for the youngsters to come with their own ideas and improvisations. There's a great ephasize on the participants being active co-creators throughout the process, for maximum learning outcomes, but also for maximum ownership and pride when it comes to what is dessiminated.
Through this project, we wanted to give the participants an enhanced knowledge of their cultural and historical heritage, and of ways to disseminate these topics. Beside the participants' own experiences, the project will also provideed a colorful and engaging element at the Tønsberg Medieval Festival, and through this also give experiences to both audience and volunteers at the festival.
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