“Europe sings together“ – EST is a youth exchange within the ERASMUS+ programme, taking place in Ruše and Maribor, Slovenia, between the 2nd and 11th of May 2017. Forty-eight young people from Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Italy, Lithuania and Slovenia will participate at the programme. In nine days they will prepare a vocal act to be performed at the Leon Štukelj square in Maribor on the 9th of May, the international Europe Day. Participants from all eight countries will perform the European Anthem together.
Following the departure the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland the EU is split into several areas, divided particularly by countries’ policies towards migrants and refugees, their development of new financial politics, their stance on the free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, as well as other areas of disagreement. However, the basic idea of the “Schuman Declaration” (1950), which is considered the fundamental instrument for the development of the EU, has remained unchanged: Europe should be a continent of peace, prosperity, human rights, solidarity and democracy.
The task of the EST project is therefore drawing attention to those
problems which divide Europe, as well as the common denominators
connecting it. The workshops within the project will address
the contents of the fight against stereotypes and prejudice, exclusion and hate speech, which has caused the rise of radical political parties in the EU over the past few years, undermining the fundamental principles of the Union. At the same time, we will organize workshops that will highlight and draw attention to the things that bind the European nations, like culture and music.
The aim of our project is for our participants to develop greater
intercultural awareness, learn the tools needed to promote intercultural dialogue in their communities (and music is certainly one of them), and by that help strengthen the common European values such as respect for diversity, equality, solidarity, openness, understanding and freedom. Part of the aim is also to teach the youth tools for combating stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate-motivated violence.
With the help of non-formal learning methods, such as workshops,
discussions, simulation games, public campaigns (e.g. performance
of the European anthem) and vocal lessons where the participants
will learn the “Ode to Joy” and songs originating from the participating countries, we will arm the youth with the knowledge and skills they can use in their local environments. They will learn how to take steps to reduce these negative social phenomena and create a positive atmosphere, which will connect and not separate the European nations, and which will be based on a policy of respect for “equality in diversity “
- 6 Cypriots(5 people aged 18-30 plus a leader no age limit)
- 170 euro travel reimbursement each
- accomodation and food: fully covered by the programme
- preferably those who like to sing and have an ear for singing
Applications until 25/02/2017