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"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

Summer art workshops "Changing Your Point of View"

In August of this year 10 youth from all over Ukraine took part in a youth exchange. Together with German and Polish youth, for 10 days, they were plunged into the world of art through a multifaceted prism, seeing the phenomena of “Changing Your Point of View.” What are the roles we occupy in life? How often do we have to change them, moving from one side to the other side of the road of life? It was the philosophy of life through the philosophical world of art.

The first three days were devoted to integrating youth from three European countries, including a Ukrainian-Polish evening, where the youth presented their national cultures and traditions to the German group.

Over the next seven days there was work in art workshops: dance, improvisation, choir, photography, painting, theater, masks, and blown glass. While in the workshops youth become conscious of themselves, each other, and the world of art.

The final sessions were presentations from each workshop.

Organizer:

Association of Youth Welfare and Social Work, Furstenwalde, Germany.

Partners:

  • Center for European Initiatives, Sumy, Ukraine;
  • Foundation Happy Childhood, Lublin, Poland.

Date conducted: 14-24 August 2008.

Place conducted: Hirshluh, Germany.

Participants: 30 youth from three countries (Germany, Ukraine, Poland), aged 17 to 25 years.

Exchange language: English, German.

Exchange products:

  • Photo exhibition;
  • Theatrical performance of  "Faust";
  • Presentation of a theatrical dance improvisation "Changing Sides";
  • Choral concert;
  • Presentation of artwork created, masks, glassware, and drawings.