24.05.2010 -

UNESCO Venice Office promotes joint youth ideas

©UNESCO/Z.NaskovaNational Youth Conference "SHARED VISIONS"

In the 16th century bath-house Chifte Amam, in Skopje, a historical landmark and social gathering place for men and women, fifty youth (aged 15-25) of 7 different ethnic backgrounds explored and shared ideas of multiculturalism during the Youth Conference “Shared Visions” held 15 and 16 May 2010.

 

UNESCOVENICE Press Release N°2010-02 (21-05-2010) : They affirmed their appreciation for diversity and their commitment to inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration. Through discussions, the written verse and various forms of artistic expressions, they exchanged visions for living together in a democratic society and for building a better future for themselves and their community. Their ideas were synthesized in a declaration which will be shared with all leading institutions and the public in general, nationally and globally.

On 15 May, multimedia celebrations featuring visual and musical arts were the highlight of evening. The winners of a photography contest titled “Shared Visions” were announced and selections of the submitted photographic works were exhibited in both print and digital projections on the walls of this historic structure. Music, today’s most common communication tool especially amongst youth, was performed by the bands Renesanseri and Blah Blah. Music was also played by DJs throughout the rest of the bath-house which has been reutilized as gallery space.

They affirmed their appreciation for diversity and their commitment to inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration. Through discussions, the written verse and various forms of artistic expressions, they exchanged visions for living together in a democratic society and for building a better future for themselves and their community. Their ideas were synthesized in a declaration which will be shared with all leading institutions and the public in general, nationally and globally.

On 15 May, multimedia celebrations featuring visual and musical arts were the highlight of evening. The winners of a photography contest titled “Shared Visions” were announced and selections of the submitted photographic works were exhibited in both print and digital projections on the walls of this historic structure. Music, today’s most common communication tool especially amongst youth, was performed by the bands Renesanseri and Blah Blah. Music was also played by DJs throughout the rest of the bath-house which has been reutilized as gallery space.

The conference was organized by the Community Development Institute of Tetovo, and the multimedia event was the work of the School of Journalism and Public Relations of Skopje, both with the support from the UNESCO Venice Office.

As an activity of the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing Inter-ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration” funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F), the goal of this effort is to build tolerance and understanding amongst youth of different ethnicities by providing oopportunities for interaction and dialogue.




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