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Art In Action

The training activity took place
in Plemetina, Kosovo
organised by Gaia Kosovo
21st August – 04th September 2011

Aims & objectives

International Youth training (Kosovo, Germany, France) Artistic workshops and building of a Human Rights creative campaign

The project Art in Action propose to involve 40 people from from Kosovo, France and Germany that share a common concerns and interest in their own countries: using Art and Culture as a creative tool enhancing public expression abilities, establishing creative form of socialization and self-development.

We are searching for new tools to encourage and enable young people to become active citizens, and to influence changes in their communities, for their rights and rights of other people.

During two weeks, participants had the chance to experience building a creative campaign raising awareness about human rights issues through different workshop (Music, Dance, Rap, Video & photography, and Environmental).

Objectives of the project
– Involve the inhabitants of Plemetina camp and Plemetina village through workshops using Art as a creative tool enhancing their public expression abilities, establish creative form of socialization and self-development and contribute to the ‘Re-socialization’ of the public space. Arts will be use as “tool” to communicate with the rest of the community and beyond.

– Raising awareness among participants from all countries on human rights issues, social justice, respect of environment and the possibility of taking action in the public space through creative and positive initiatives.

– Exchange best practices amongst participants from France, Germany and Kosovo in the use of creative tools to and to learn from each other how to creatively approach the problem and its solution.

– Promote European culltural diversity, especially young creativity, mutual understanding, inclusion, tolerance and solidarity toward Roma, Askahli and Egyptians and Serbian minorities in Kosovo.

– Highlight some of the key issues faced by the residents of the Plemetina camp and Plemetina village and give them visibility to international organization and local authorities using the output produce during the workshop as a lobbying tool.

Activities of the creative campaign
The design of the campaign consists of different elements: identifying key messages of the campaign/ or action, training on artistic method and elaboration of creative actions in working groups, realization of a concrete campaign/ performance.

Activity 1 – Environment “Don Quixote campaign – Environmental right is my right”
Activity 2 – Social Dance Theatre – Step Dance –“Step groove for peace, love, unity & diversity”
Activity 3 – “Rapping for a change!” “Improvisation time – make your songs, raise your voice”
Activity 5 – Media – “Made by & about you(th): Plemetina channel

The project is supported by :
The Open Society Institute in Budapest (Roma program)
The french and German fund in third countries

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Milica Milovic - project coordinator
Charlotte Bohl- fundraising and financial officer
Bayram Kafu Kinolli - logistics

Team of Trainers :
Mirsad Dalipi & Selami Prizreni : Dance
Charlotte Bohl & Lydia Mirkovic : Photography
Sami Mustafa & Francesca Svampa : Film Making
Driton Berisha & Thomas Bevand : Music
Jovana Škrijel & Jelena Poučki: Environnement
Milica Milovic : group facititator

Training methods used & main activities

We used non formal education methods with a great focus on creativity methods such as music, painting, dance, step dance and flash mob, filmmaking and photography.

Outcomes of the activity

Street performance – presentation of the campaign
at the end of the project. All participants presented their work in the capital city (Pristina).
Evaluations from participants were excellent.
Films produced were awarded in Film Festivals.
Foreign journalist produced report about environmental issues in the villages. Follow up were organized in the following years.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I had 2 mission :
1. Fundraising and financial officer
2. Member of the team of trainer: i was responsible
for the training on "photography as a tool for the building of Human Rights creative campaign" which lasted for 10 days within the 14 days of training. I worked with the 11 other trainers. Trainers were from : Kosovo, Serbia; Germany, France and Spain.

I worked on this training for 14 days as a full time trainer.

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