The participants also had a chance to meet a social photographer Tadas Kazakevičius (his photography), who showed how photography is an easy way to convey the message and how he tries to show the realities villagers have to live with. They also had to make creative country workshops on combating social exclusion, make open discussion on discrimination and key points when combating it during a “World Cafe” activity, had sessions on successful photography, and more. Every evening participants had a chance to introduce their culture, history and traditional cuisine, as well as the initiatives to combat social exclusion in their countries. They not only showed videos and photos, but also made dances, songs, games and quizzes to get every participant of the project involved.
The organizers describe the project as a success in all senses. Both the informal learning proccess, as well as the sharing of participant experiences among each other worked really well. As the knowledge assessment of the participants showed – the project displayed over 50% growth of knowledge about rural life.
The participants of the project were also amazed by Lithuania. The city culture as well as the beauty of countryside views left a lasting impression on them. Interactions they had with the Lithuanian participants and locals showed how different and truly amazing people can be. In their own words “I learned a lot and I didn’t expect people to be so open and friendly to foreigners”.
All in all, the project induced a positive effect on the participants, organisations and made an impact at the regional, national and international levels. Art was showed as a successful way to tackle different social problems. “Village Myth Busters” is still anticipated to impact the society further. By increasing the scale and the scope of such initiatives, social problems such as discrimination towards people from villages could get the right visibility and be diminished to an extent. We have the confidence that the project participants and the videos and posters they’ve created will promote an interest of young people into the art, and promote further similar projects in all of the European Union.
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