"Young Europe 2" is an artistic education project developed under the umbrella of the European Theatre Convention with the patronage of Mrs. Doris Pack, Member of the European Parliament and President of Committee on Education and Culture of the European Parliament.
For the 2nd time, the ETC develops with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission the 2 year European artistic education project: "Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre" with the aim to establish a European multilingual drama repertoire for young people, focusing on artistic education through theatre and multilingualism in theatre. Based on the successful first project edition, which was attended from 2008-2010 by over 20 000 young people in 8 countries, "Young Europe 2" will take place until autumn 2013 offering young theatre professionals and adolescents across Europe to work and create across multilingual borders.
8 ETC member theatres in 7 countries (Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway) commission four new plays written with the support of young people and will produce seven new performances that will be translated into eight languages to be staged and circulated in European schools and theatres. "Young Europe 2" carries the ambition to further enhance the development of a European drama repertoire for young audiences, to exchange best European working practices in theatre, to provide international working opportunities for young artists and to lay the grounds for sustainable relationships between theatres and schools in complementing the artistic education curricula.
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Culture serves as an important source of creativity and innovation. As there are various cultures in the European Union, cultural diversity has thus always been one of the European cornerstones in order to promote the intercultural dialogue between the different member states. For me it is consequently crucial that young European citizens learn to be receptive and open to other cultures and languages.
I am therefore very honoured to patron the ETC flagship project "Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre" that promotes the access to culture through education and wish that this project encourages the intercultural and multilingual exchange among young people."
Mrs Doris Pack,
Patron of Young Europe
Member of the European Parliament and President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, Germany
The Europe we are living, creating and sharing together, is the Europe where today’s children and youths will make the decisions tomorrow. It is a Europe shaped by our turbulent and hesitant progress, transition fears and expectations, local prejudices and global freedoms, lost ideals and the desire to return to them. This is a Europe of different languages, cultures, traditions, different pasts and perhaps different dreams of the future. But, it is a Europe with an equal desire for understanding, coexistence and a better tomorrow. A Europe we pass on to the young.
What the Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre programme offers is a picture of European differences in a joint artistic effort to emphasise the unchanging values which connect us. These are measured by the openness of the young to go beyond boundaries and find opportunities for a different and better unity. Theatre, as a mirror on our world, is surely a guarantee for the future of the young, those who imagine a better tomorrow for the Europe of today.
Mrs Dubravka Vrgoč
President of the European Theatre Convention, Artistic and general director of the z/k/m and World Theatre Festival Zagreb, Croatia