Dates: 06-10-2017 - 16-10-2017
Place: Rustavi, Georgia
Type: youth exchange
• to reflect on and discuss human rights issues young people are facing in Europe nowadays;
• to share and discuss practices of human rights activism and creative non-violent activism;
• to promote activism and campaigning skills through creativity;
• to gain practical skills in graffiti, street art and other creative methods;
• to create interaction and an atmosphere for sharing and generating new ideas;
• to create a comfortable atmosphere to express self through public performance, graffiti and street art;
• to spread youth voices through graffiti and street art;
• to discover each others cultures, identities, circles;
• to foster intercultural dialogue and celebrate multiculturalism and diversity;
• to promote human rights and democracy as European added values.
"U.R.BANKSY - Transforming Urban Realities" - is a 9 days youth exchange together with advanced planning visit which will host 35 participants and 7 group leaders in a post-industrial, post-soviet city of Rustavi in Georgia. The project will use human rights education transformative action to reflect on the issues that young people are facing around Europe and then use graffiti and street art as a tool to address those issues.
Transformative actions focuses on understanding own or others' lived experiences of being deprived of opportunities and rights. Then developing a critique of social/political realities – “critical consciousness” – and becoming engaged in change towards social justice. We believe there’s a need to stand up for human rights that is not only about the documents but it’s about our lives and realities and it also involves taking non-violent action. For this, art offers a brilliant medium. It has always been a key towards development. It’s our firm belief that art is a universal language, capable of delivering messages about equality to any member of society. Art can be perceived by anybody without the necessity of having any university degree, social status or salary. Graffiti and street art, we believe it’s a very vehicle to deliver youth messages to streets, to neighbourhoods, to urban communities.
Our aim is to raise awareness about human rights issues and promote equality and democracy through creative expression, such as graffiti and street art. Our vision is to create space to reflect, exchange stories on the issues that young people are facing nowadays in our communities and engage in transformative social change through using non-violent activism such as graffiti.
Before the youth exchange there will be an advanced planning visit, which will host 1 group leader and 1 participant from each country to plan the youth exchange in more details and then report it back to the youth group. The youth exchange will bring together 42 participants, 6 from each country (5+1) from 1 to 4 September.
Deadline for applying as group leader - 24th July.
This project is financed by Erasmus+ Programme: