21.09. - 30.09.2012 (Fr-So) TgNr. 126152
Once upon today- Communities, memory and narratives
Begegnungsreise für Jugendliche aus Deutschland, Israel, Polen und der Ukraine
What if it all was just a very good story? Half true, half made up, reflecting our memories, experiences, and those of the communities we live in. Like in a fairy tale?
“Once upon a time…” / “Es war einmal heute..” – These words sound so familiar to most people as fairy tales have been passed on from generation to generation, told and retold, with each storyteller adding his/her personal flavour to the story. When people think and talk about history, memory and identity, something very similar happens. They constantly tell a story about themselves, the communities and states they live in. These so called narratives help people make sense of reality and they are made up of diverse facts, myths, official commemoration and personal memories. Like any other story, they are constantly shaped and reshaped through communication and reflect the values, interpretations and political objectives of the communities and people who share it. Thus, any narrative
could start like a tale in present: „Once upon today...“ / “Es war einmal heute…”
We would like to invite young people at the age of 18-25 to discover, tell and rewrite their stories together with participants from Ukraine, Israel (Jewish and Palestinian participants), Poland and Germany. During the seminar, we will discover official and untold stories in Berlin, Wrocław, and the little village of Krzyżowa. We will meet experts and work with creative methods. At the end of the seminar, a project blog will be created together, reflecting the individual perspectives of the participants and the impressions collected in different places and encounters with diverse communities. After the project, participants will take these ideas to their organisations and home towns, looking for hidden stories and historical experiences. A follow-up meeting is planned to take place in Israel in 2013.
Further information ablut the project can be found on the blog: www.once-upon-today.org
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