Use your hands to create magic

From 1st to 11th of February 2008 creACTive hosted the international artistic youth exchange “Use your hands to create magic”. Around 30 young people from Bosnia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia and the Netherlands spent together ten days in Ohrid, Macedonia, in this project supported by the Youth in Action Programme.

The project activities were divided into artistic workshops and workshops on non-formal education, with the main focus on the artistic aspect.  The youth exchange was aimed at inspiring and developing young people’s creativity and potential for creating artistic objects using their own hands only. It tended to offer the young people with new and creative ways for expressing their thoughts and feelings – through various artistic techniques.

During ten activity days, young people had an opportunity to explore their creativity in Design, Fashion, Video and Photography, and Peeing Dog (creating animal figures out of wood and paper).  Real artistic products came out as results of the artistic workshops: masks, animal figures, vitrage, male and female fashion creations, decorated glasses, jewelry, photographs and edited video material of the activities. All final products were presented at a public event in the cafe-bar Aquaris in Ohrid. During the following couple of months, creACTive is planning to organize an auction on which these products will be sold; and the money gathered will be used for the young people from Macedonia.

Nevertheless, the young participants at this youth exchange were also involved in other activities, apart from the artistic workshops. They had ten days to explore the city of Ohrid, to learn about each other’s cultures, to try national food and drinks from the other countries involved, but also to improve their communication and team working skills and to get engaged in a process of intercultural learning. Finally, they had a lot of fun and a unique chance to make new friends from around Europe.

This project was coordinated by Valentin Petreski, with great support by Mihaela Bogojovska and Jovana

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