A transnational youth exchange project called “Colorful Europe” lasted for 10 days in Koukli, Greece and involved 30 participants from Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia and Romania. The project and its’ activities were financially supported by European Commission, youth in Action Programme.
Main topics of the project were EU awareness and art and culture; main specific objectives of the project were: to discuss and popularize traditional values – traditional art and culture, to discuss current situation and future of EU, to share cultural and artistic values, to learn new art techniques; to give chance to participants to learn about and share their experiences, knowledge and opinions about EU, the current situation in EU, our possible actions for successful and strong future of EU in general; to motivate participants to be more active EU citizens and citizens at general; to learn about other cultures, to learn the importance to be aware of different cultures and to find out what connects so many different cultures and nationalities in one European Union; to involve EU topics in artistic expressions; to involve local communities in discussion with participants of the exchange – to share ideas about EU and our common future.
Therefore, main implemented activities during the youth exchange were: presentations of national groups about their traditional art and culture, discussions about our current situation in EU in different aspects, role game to learn about the process and difficulties to fight for better future, simulation exercise about importance to discover each other’s cultures, role game to discover the best manners and activities needed to discover new cultures, learning about the history of papier-mâché, painting on wood and collage and workshops of these three arts – all artistic decors were made with motives of Europe and European Union; excursion to Monodendri, Aristi and Vikos gorge, visit of Paramithia to implement a flash mob and share information about the new European Programme for youth opportunities- Erasmus+, visit of Paramithia high school to share participant’s ideas for common future in EU as well as to present artistic decors with theme about EU that participants of the exchange have made during previous days; visit of Child care center of Pogoniani and to share with children and youth some ideas of future of EU youth opportunities with the programme of Erasmus+ and to present some of artistic decors made by participants during the previous days of the exchange, visit of a traditional local sheep farm, watching of different movies, excursions to Ioannina town, Dodoni archaeological place and Arhaeological Museum of Ioannina, excursion to beach of Syvota, discussion about EU elections of 2014 and intercultural presentations of every national group about their country.
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"The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author and the Commission is not responsible for any use of the information contained therein."