“Youth Engagement through Arts” – France Epinal 1-13.08.2013

In perioada 1-13 august o echipa de noua tineri voluntari A.C.T.O.R au participat la schimbul de tineret “Youth Engagement through Arts”, parte a programului Tineret in Actiune, sustinut de Uniunea Europeana,  desfasurat in cochetul oras Thaon-les-Vosges din zona Lorenei, Franta. Proiectul a gazduit 27 de tineri din 3 tari: Polonia reprezentata de asociatia Don Kultury din  Tarnobrezeski, Franta reprezentata de asociatia Ligue de l’Enseignement des Vosges din Epinal si Thaon-les-Vosges si Romania reprezentata de A..C.T.O.R din Bucuresti, si a avut ca subiect principal securitatea rutiera in randul tinerilor. Tinerii au participat pe rand la doua workshopuri: primul atelier de actorie/ teatru a fost sustinut de Karine Frere, iar cel de-al doilea atelier – de video montaj si fotografie  de Charly Ganier. In cadrul atelierului coordonat de Karine, participantii aveau de nascocit un scenariu pentru o mica filmare legata de tema proiectului. În fiecare zi, o alta grupa a fost indrumata sa participe la atelierul de video/ fotografie sub aripa lui Charly, cu care au trait experienta  unui scurt instructaj despre tehnici de fotografie si film. La finalul celor doua saptamani de ateliere, tinerii participanti au realizat un filmulet de campanie impotriva accidentelor rutiere cauzate de diferiti factori precum condusul in stare de ebrietate, viteza, oboseala, neatentie sau stres.

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Proiectul a avut trei seri deosebite in care fiecara tara participanta isi prezenta produse culinare si traditii. O parte frumoasa a acestei calatorii, au fost excursiile in orasele din jur pornind de la Epinal, apoi Nancy unde am putut admira doua catedrale, care ne-au impresionat prin diversitatea stilurilor si prin aerul impunator,. La Nancy l-am avut ca ghid dedicat și entuziast pe Julien, participant francez, noul prieten al echipei romanesti. Totusi, cea mai frumoasa zi a întregii experiente a fost ziua petrecuta la Strasbourg. ”Cel mai impresionant obiectiv a fost, bineînțeles, catedrala, care se ivește brusc, într-o frumusețe sinistră, dintre casele din jur, reduse la minuscul în umbra ei impunătoare”. Apoi, desi incepuse o ploaie nemiloasa, am vizitat intreg orasul, cu barca,  uminindu-ne de cartierul pitoresc „Petit France”si ajungand pana la institutiile europene.

O intamplare interesanta traita in acest proiect a fost cea de la Spina Parc, un parc de aventura a la francaise unde participantii au facut alpinism sau s-au dat cu tiroliana, experienta incercata pentru prima oara de multi dintre ei.

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Trebuie spus ca, in afara comunicarii și colaborarii cu participantii din fiecare tara, un lucru foarte placut a fost si atmosfera din cadrul grupului romanesc, care a fost cât se poate de unit, in ciuda diferentelor dintre membri. Intreaga echipa a cunoscut oameni, personalitati si ideologii noi, pe care am invatat sa le apreciem si să le acceptam asa cum sunt. Am plecat cu totii simtitor imbogatiti de aceasta experienta pentru care am primit si un Youthpass, certificat care sa ateste participarea noastra intr-un schimb international al programului Tineret in Actiune, sustinut de Uniunea Europeana. Pentru multi dintre noi, acest proiect a marcat cel mai frumos moment al verii.

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Between 1st and 13th of August a team of nine A.C.T.O.R volunteers participated in the youth exchange “Youth Engagement through Arts”, a part of the Youth in Action programm, sustained by the European Union,  in the stylish little town Thaon-les-Vosges from Loren, France.  The project hosted 27 young people from three countries: Poland represented by Don Kultury Association from Tarnobrezeski,  France represented by Ligue de l’Enseignement des Vosges from Epinal and Thaon-les-Vosges and Romania represented by A.C.T.O.R from Bucharest and had as main topic road safety among young people. The youngsters attended two workshops: first workshop in acting / theater was supported by Karine Frere, and the second workshop – video editing and photo-by Charly Ganier.

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In the workshop coordinated by Karine, participants were divided into groups of three that had to create a script for a small shooting related to the theme. Every day, another group, attended video / photo workshop under Charly supervision, in which they had the opportunity to experience a technical briefing about photography and film. At the end of two weeks of workshops, the young participants made ​​a movie campaign against road accidents caused by various factors such as drunk driving, speed, fatigue, inattention or stress.

The project had three great nights -each participating country presented their culinary traditions. Another great part of this project was the trips in the surrounding towns starting with Epinal, then we visited Nancy where we could admire two cathedrals that have impressed by the variety of styles and stately air, and a slightly larger stop we made in Stanislas Square, which we all recognize that it is as beautiful as we heard. At Nancy we have had the dedicated and enthusiastic guide Julien, a French participant, now a new friend of the Romanian team. However, the best day of the whole experience was the day spent in Strasbourg. “The most impressive monument was, of course, the cathedral, which arises suddenly, in an eerie beauty, from surrounding houses that are reduced to minuscule by her stately shade.”

One last interesting happening in this project was the time spent at Spina Park, an French adventure park where participants tried alpinism and Tyrolean, a first time experience for many of them.
It must be said that besides communication and collaboration with participants from each country, one thing that was really great was the atmosphere of the Romanian group, which was quite a unit, despite the differences between members. The whole team met new people, personalities and ideologies and we  learned to appreciate and accept them as they are. We all become  significantly enriched at the end of this project for which we received an Youthpass, an certificat that attests that we participated in an Youth Exchange as a part of the Youth in Action programm, sustained by the European Union.  For many of us, this experience meant the most beautiful event of the summer.

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