Creative Space for Dialogue

Four workshops around Europe on creative methods and safer space in youth work settings.

Creative space for dialogue is an Erasmus+ project which brings together almost one hundred experts in the fields of culture, media, art education, youth work, and non-formal education from Finland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Poland. The project builds on the idea of creating and sharing experiences on how to use creative spaces to facilitate sustainable dialogue.

The project consists of four themed seminars for youth workers. Each seminar dissects the same concept with different methods and approaches. Together the seminars offer a new approach to the European youth sector on the meaning of safe spaces, dialogue, and the role of youth workers in creating them.

Creative Space for Dialogue – Sandomierz

All things film in historical town of Sandomierz.

Creative Space for Dialogue – Sandomierz takes us to experience film festival atmosphere in Sandomierz, Poland for three days. The study visit encourages to find out how art and film education can be used in education and youth work settings. The international group will also take part in the Festival of Extraordinary Films and Encounters.

We are hoping to get applications from people working in the field of youth work or education and who are interested in:

  • learning how to use film as a educational tool in youth work or education
  •  exploring creative peace education methods in their everyday work with young people
  • learning about multicultural encounters and developing antiracist and inclusive work methods.
 
The project will offer a stay in Sandomierz including breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as travel costs. A transportation is arranged from the Krakow and Warsaw airport to Sandomierz.

We consider the participants that have participated in the previous Creative Space for Dialogue study visits to have a small advantage in the selection for the participants to the Creative Space for Dialogue event in Slovenia (September-October 2022).

Kuvitetut vaaleanpunavalkiset ilmapallot lentävät sinisellä taivaalla.

Creative Space for Dialogue – Koper

Creating Spaces with Drama Education and Theatre of the Oppressed

Creative Space for Dialogue – Koper takes the participants amongst art and drama education to Koper, Slovenia. The study visit offers ideas on how art education and creative spaces can be used in education and youth work. During the week, we will dwell on the Theatre of the Oppressed method by Augusto Boal. The weeklong workshop type of event takes place from Tuesday 27th of September until Monday 3rd of October (including travel days). 

We are hoping to get applications from people working in the field of youth work or education and who are interested in: 

  • implementing drama and art education methods in their work with young people,
  • enthusiasm towards creative, peace educational methods and the concept of safer space and
  • willingness to develop one’s anti-racist and inclusive work methods.

We will choose 5 participants from Finland (You do not have to be a Finnish citizen.) 

Participation fee
There is no fee for participation.

Accommodation and food
The project will offer a stay in Koper including breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the training.

Travel reimbursement

Participants’ travel expenses will be reimbursed within the reimbursement framework set by Erasmus+ distance-based fixed maximum sums. 

Distance calculator: https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/resources-and-tools/distance-calculator.

Maximum reimbursements: 20 € for travel distance less than 99 km, 180 € for 100-499 km, 275 € for 500-1999 km, 360 € for 2000-2999 km, and 530 for km > 3000.

Creative Space for Dialogue – Belgrade

Interfaith dialogue, work against discrimination, and LGBTQI rights in lively Belgrade 13.–15. May.

The international group will gather on the 13th of May in Belgrade and will have a program specially designed for the group. The program will include an introduction to Jewish culture, the Jewish community in Belgrade and Serbia, and activities that Haver Srbija is implementing as a step in overcoming antisemitism and discrimination. During the gathering, the group will take part in the Falafel festival program (the 14th and the 15th of May) and will have special educational tours around Jewish Belgrade – an initiative that tends to raise awareness of the Jewish minority and overcome antisemitism.

The program begins on Friday at 12.00. We advise all participants to arrive a few hours before the start of the program, in order to have time to check-in and leave the luggage at the hotel. The program on Friday ends with a festive Shabbat dinner.
The program continues throughout the day and evening on Saturday and Sunday and ends on Sunday evening.

We advise that participants leave on Monday morning (or late evening on Sunday). For participants who arrive on Thursday, we are able to organize a general tour of Belgrade.

The project will offer a stay in Belgrade including breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as travel costs to Belgrade.

We consider the participants that have participated in the Creative Space for Dialogue – Helsinki and Belgrade to have a small advantage in the selection for the participants to the Creative Space for Dialogue events in Poland (29.6.–3.7.2022), and Slovenia (September-October 2022).

FaLaFel – LGBTQI Jewish and Israeli Festival 14th–15th May 2022.

FaLaFel – Jewish and Israeli LGBTQI Festival is a two-day long festival in Belgrade, Serbia organized on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. The festival builds bridges and promotes Israeli, Jewish, and LGBTQI culture and communities. The program of the festival consists of movie screenings, panel discussions, Israeli cuisine, photo exhibition, and cultural/social activities. The program actualizes various social issues, in the context of the fight against prejudice, discrimination, antisemitism, homophobia and xenophobia, and encourages the audience to develop critical thinking on the issue of these topics.

Aims of the festival are to
  • Raise public awareness in Serbia about multilevel discrimination of different minority groups through the promotion of Jewish/Israeli/LGBTQI culture.
  • Encourage the local Jewish community to be more inclusive.
  • Encourage networking between different minority and marginalized groups in order to work together in confronting and preventing discrimination.
  • Raise the level of knowledge about Jewish and Israeli culture.
  • Promote diversity and create inclusive environments.
  • Encourage activism and promote equality among and for the members of the Jewish community, LGBTQI activists, and general society.
Preliminary Program
  • Tuesday 5.4.
    • Arrival in Helsinki.
    • Check-in from 16:00 PM to Hotel.
  • Wednesday 6.4.
    • Morning Session: Film education workshop to address dialogue, especially interfaith dialogue, in Youth settings. (Documentary film: Aatos and Amine – Gods of Molenbeek).
    • Afternoon Session: Creative, inclusive spaces in the City – sightseeing tour in Helsinki.
  • Thursday 7.4.
    • Morning Session: Film education workshop on the rights of the Sámi (Sápmi) people that casts light on the colonialised past and present as well as politics regarding the land, language, and cultural integrity of one of Europe’s only ultra-rare indigenous peoples. (Documentary film: Eatnameamet).
    • Afternoon Session: Safer Spaces in Peace Education.
  • Friday 8.4.
    • Morning Session: Facilitated film education round-table discussion on challenging topics, such as immigration, conflicts and racism, that cannot be swept under a rug. (Documentary film: Somewhere There is a Land).
    • Afternoon Session: Art session on peace with an artist and community builder.
  • Saturday 9.4.
    • Check-out until 12:00 PM
Application

The workshop will be held in Sandomierz from 29.6.–3.7.2022 (travel days included)

 The application period is open from 6.5.–31.5.

We will choose 4–5 applicants from Finland to participate in the event in Sandomierz.

Contact

Please, contact Jenni Leppänen jenni.leppanen[at]rauhankasvatus.fi, +358 40 145 2502 for any questions.

 

Application

The workshop will be held in Koper from 27.9.–3.10.2022.

 The application period is open from 3.6.–31.8.

We will choose 5 applicants from Finland to participate in the event in Koper.

Creative Space for Dialogue – Helsinki

A three-day workshop on creative methods and film education for youth workers

The objective of the workshop is to prepare youth workers and educators from across Europe to make use of creative methods and to enhance safer spaces and dialogue to work towards more equal youth work practices. The workshop is held in Helsinki from the 6th of April until the 8th of April 2022.

We are hoping to get applications from people working in the field of youth work or education and who are interested in:

  • developing antiracist and inclusive work practices,
  • learning how to create safer spaces so that everyone feels welcome, and
  • exploring creative peace education methods in their everyday work with young people.


The project will offer a stay in Helsinki including breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as travel costs.

We consider the participants that have participated in the Creative Space for Dialogue – Helsinki, to have a small advantage in the selection for the participants to the Creative Space for Dialogue events in Serbia (May 2022), Poland (June-July 2022), and Slovenia (September-October 2022). More information is coming out soon!

Program
  • Tuesday 5.4.
    • Arrival in Helsinki.
  • Wednesday 6.4.
    • Morning Session 9.00 AM. 
      • Film education workshop to address dialogue, especially interfaith dialogue, in Youth settings. (Documentary film: Aatos and Amine – Gods of Molenbeek).
    • Afternoon Session 13.45 PM.
      • Creative, inclusive spaces in the City – sightseeing tour in Helsinki.
  • Thursday 7.4.
    • Morning Session 9.00 AM.
      • Film education workshop on the rights of the Sámi (Sápmi) people that casts light on the colonialised past and present as well as politics regarding the land, language, and cultural integrity of one of Europe’s only ultra-rare indigenous peoples. (Documentary film: Eatnameamet).
    • Afternoon Session 15.00 PM.
      • Pedagogical and Creative Museum visit.
  • Friday 8.4.
    • Morning Session 9.00 AM.
      • Workshop on what kind of stories we see and tell from global south: Fashion Photographer – a short film and facilitated discussion.
    • Afternoon Session 15.00 PM.
      • Workshop on safer spaces in youth work and putting together the learning and experiences of the week.   
  • Saturday 9.4.
    • Check-out until 12.00 PM.
Application

The workshop will be held in Helsinki from 6.–8.4.2022.

 The application period is open from 1.–29.3.

We will choose 5–6 applicants from Finland to participate in the event in Helsinki.

Contact

Please, contact Jenni Leppänen (jenni.leppanen[at]rauhankasvatus.fi, +358 40 145 2502) if you have any questions regarding the workshops or the project in general!

Project Partners

Haver Srbija, Serbia

Haver is a non-profit educational organization, active in the field of informal education and
working in partnership with individuals, NGO-s and public institutions to overcome
prejudice, discrimination and intolerance in Serbia. The mission of Haver is to contribute to building a society of coexistence, living together based on shared values and common understanding. Programs of the organization are designed and cover all generations, with a special focus on primary and high school students and teachers in Serbia.

PiNA, Slovenia

PiNA was founded in 1998 at the Initiative of the Open Society Institute. Today, the Association for Culture and Education PiNA is a Europe Direct Information Centre, a Eurodesk regional partner, a regional Centre for Intercultural Dialogue, a regional NGOs HUB and a youth centre with the status of operating in the public interest in the field of youth. Expecting to give something back to society and to have a positive, enduring influence on the targeted population, all PiNA’s projects share a common idea – the social impact and focus on four main areas: active citizenship, international cooperation, human rights, creativity and social reflection.

RKI, Finland

The Peace Education Institute is a Finnish, politically non-aligned peace organization for educators who work in formal and non-formal education settings. In practice, this means teachers, youth workers or activists who are interested in creating safer, more inclusive and equal spaces in their work and in wider society. Our work is guided by three themes that are anti-racism, equality, and global.

Taki Jestem, Poland

Taki Jestem is a foundation that has been active in the field of culture, art, and education since 2003. The aims of the Taki Jestem foundation focus on popularising culture and art education and developing various types of creative activity as well as breaking barriers and providing access to culture on an equal basis. By realising projects such as the flagship Festival of Extraordinary Films and Encounters, the foundation fulfils its mission and expands the scope of new competencies among the youth, including cultural competencies. The foundation sees that this is particularly important for disadvantaged groups in terms of disability, cultural, and social diversity. In 2018, the foundation was awarded by the Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights in the competition “The child-friendly world”. In 2022, the foundation received the main award in the category Culture and Multimedia.

 

Erasmus+
The project is co-funded by European Union. The content of this project is the sole responsibility of RKI, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission
RKI:n oranssi logo.
Logo of Haver Srbija. A purple character is raising its hands up while standing.
Logo of Pina in black letters.
Taki jestem! -logo punaisella.