The Opening in the Home for Cooperation!
That day by chance we met ”Ernesto Guevara” (hanging around in a cafe located in the northern part of Nicosia) who introduced us to communism and to a coolcat called Fidel.
While smoking cigarettes and drinking a nice cyprus -turkish-greek-albanian-bosnian-libanese-serbian- coffee, we talked about life in Nicosia, borders and music.
Thanks to you guys for spending a bit of your time talking to us and sharing your experiences !
This week 25 young multipliers from Cyprus, France and Germany will be in Nicosia for a week-long seminar held at the Cyprus Community Media Centre to explore the stories of and behind borders through the lens of a photo camera. The seminar is one of a series of 3 seminars. The first was held in Berlin in September 2010. Nicosia is the host city in May 2011 and the final seminar will take place in Marseille 2012.
The cities chosen for this project all represent the contexts of different aspects of borders, lines and walls: Berlin as a symbol for the division and reunification of Germany and Europe; Nicosia as the last divided capital city in Europe; and Marseille, a port and immigration city, as a gateway between Europe and Africa. This particular seminar in Nicosia aims to build on the experiences of the first seminar in Berlin and will encourage participants to explore parallels and connections between the two cities, the way that walls influence social interactions, urban landscapes and narratives. Participants are encouraged to build on the photographic material created during the seminar in Berlin and take it a step further during the week long seminar in Nicosia. Furthermore, the seminar will act as a catalyst for the third seminar in Marseille.
The seminar will conclude with a public photo exhibition on Friday 6th May at 18:00hrs, presenting the work produced by the participants. The exhibition will be part of the larger events around the inauguration of the Home for Cooperation in the Buffer Zone opposite Ledra Palace. Everyone is invited to attend.
The seminar receives funding from the German-French Youth Office. Sponsors include the German Embassy in Cyprus and the Cyprus Tourism Organization.
“OSE DEVENIR QUI TU ES”
“DARE TO BECOME WHO YOU ARE” André Gide
Belkacem: I’m not a militant. I don’t think of national identity. I feel myself free – socially. I dislike religions. I am a husband and father.
Muhammed: Above all I am a humanist & association militant. My origins are not the first definition of me. Everyone is the same.
Xanthia: I believe my social identity is most important. The place and the way I grew up. Magie: la vie traditionelle, the customs of my country. They unite us.
Lothar: my identity is being curious, not German, not a teacher.
Vincent: When I lived in Mexico, I was seen as a foreigner. I didn’t want that but that was what I had. Right now, because of my activities, I relate to my gender / sexual identity.
Cassandre: My age defines me.
Deniz: I am a Cypriot, I am an activist, if I want to put a label on it.
Bahar: I identify myself as a Turkish Cypriot.
Ellada: Right now, I am identified by my cognitive curiosity. I guess it’s my intellectual identity that’s taking over.
Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO
Project Coordination - Kooperative Berlin/ Lichtschliff e.V., Berlin
Une Terre Culturelle, Marseille
Future Worlds Center, Nicosia
Europe is not only immersed in a process of integration and search for a common European identity, but also in a process of separation and protection when it comes to its external borders. What consequences does this have for the inner-European developments and what for the neighbouring countries? How can constructive, peaceful and democratic coexistence and collaboration be achieved? What is the role of the ‘other’ across the border for the construction of the own reality and identity? What is the role of these physical and imaginary borders? Where do we perceive differences, where similarities? What interpretations of the common past and the European history do we know? What is needed in order to overcome the existing barriers and borders?
The training course aims to create the space needed for the participants to explore the different concepts of borders, to identify commonalities and differences, to reflect on the variety of perceptions and realities, to learn about personal stories around the borders and barriers and finally to develop their own ideas on how to take transfer these stories, thoughts and concepts to their very own educational environment.
The main target group of the training course is young multipliers, youth workers, teachers, social workers, group leaders or volunteers in youth organizations, who are working in intercultural contexts and who are interested in working with the concept and issue of borders and barriers.
The main working languages of the training will be English, French and German, with translations offered between the languages. Translation assistance will also be available for Greek and Turkish if needed.
A half hour language animation warm-up will introduce participants to the very basics of each others’ languages.
Intercultural trilateral training courses in Berlin, Nicosia and Marseille.
First Training: Berlin, 18 – 25 September 2010
Overview of the Training Course
How do we perceive borders? How do they influence our view of the other side, of the life behind the line, behind the wall? How does the fall of a wall or the shifting of a border influence our society? How do the borders and barriers in our minds influence our social actions and interactions? How can experiences around borders of one society be related to other societies
The aims of this intercultural and transnational pilot project for young multipliers are to:
• explore and exchange different perceptions and interpretations related to the topic of borders and walls to enhance intercultural dialogue and understanding;
• promote networking & co-operation by using different media tools (photo, web, story telling, interviews);
• develop competencies and skills for intercultural learning.
The cities chosen for this project all represent the contexts of different aspects of borders, lines and walls: Berlin as a symbol for the division and reunification of Germany and Europe; Nicosia as the last divided capital city in Europe; and Marseille, a port and immigration city, as a gateway between Europe and Africa.
The trainings will work in the context of intercultural learning methodologies and will utilize different media as a tool to document, explore and express the varieties of borders and the stories around and behind these borders. In particular, the participants will work with photography, text, story telling and an interactive online portal, which will facilitate the exchange of ideas, concepts, discussions and border stories. Each of the three training courses will conclude with a public exhibition of the work produced by the participants.