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  • From the 19th to the 24th of September 2011, creativity, sun, music, waste materials and much more met for the 3rd edition of the Recycled Creativity festival : Loesje was there, what about you ?

    Festival Area Wagenburg Lohmuhle

    For a week, Berlin had welcomed a series of workshops and events including a Recycling Cinema in bar Manyo, a Community Day at Open Design City, the Great Recycling Day at Wagenburg Lohmühle and the After Party at S.K. Robinson.

    Loesje stand

    The guests at Manyo Bar enjoyed a recycled short film selection, artistic documentary films and a VJ-DJ performance by Alfred Hackepeter. The Community Day was the occasion to launch “Upcycle it! A toolkit for creative recycling” - the new book of Kulturlabor Trial&Error and to share a collective dumpster-dived dinner.

    The stage in Wagenburg Lohmuhle

    Finally, on a sunny Saturday, people met to participate in a bunch of creative workshops while listening to delightful concerts. Big Stu, Miranda de Verdier, Clayton Thomas, Stonesdrifters Sound Brigade, Laura Bean, Osla the hermit and the pancake, Joe Czarnecki, DJ Stephie Strumpet and Bobby Starrr shared with us their eclectic sounds.  Create colorful gogo trash wigs, practice yoga, build birdhouses out of old election posters, swap clothes, get information at Loesje’s stand and participate in a Loesje speed text writing workshop were some of the numerous activities happening that day. The creative atmosphere brought us nice new text proposals like:

    YOU DON’T NEED TO CLIMB TO THE TOP / TO GET HIGH ON LIFE and

    WHY DO WE HAVE SNOW MACHINES / BUT NO RAINBOW MACHINES

    Loesje Creative Speed Writing Workshop

    To end the festival together, an After Party was organized at the club S.K. Robinson. While taking a break from dancing to the music of Trike and the DJs Bobby Starrr, Peter Power and Maurez, we enjoyed the ‘Loesje Room’ designed especially for the party!

    After Party in SK Robinson

    In short, this festival succeeded to mix creativity, trash, music, workshops, people, recycling and happiness!

    We would like to thanks all the volunteers who came from all over Europe and Germany to help at the festival and the musicians and DJ’s for their great performances!

    Keep posted for the launching of the Recycled Creativity movie and the exhibition this November and for the details of next year festival : www.recycledcreativity.info

    Fanzine Workshop recycled Loesje

  • Er is een nieuwe posterserie om de aandacht van de herfstzon (en hopelijk een hoop wandelaars in het bos) mee te trekken:

    - op reis; paspoort verloren ; identiteit gevonden
    - waterbesparing; Manneken Pis moet op het potje leren gaan
    - de wereld ligt aan mijn voeten en hij kietelt
    - slechte zomer; gelukkig hadden we een Arabische lente
    - De Crem probeert elk probleem op te lossen door op F16 te drukken

    Ga naar het posterarchief en print ze uit en hang ze op!

  • The portuguese version of Loesje’s Handbook is now available. Find out how to create your own Loesje group, how to make creative writing workshops, final editing and lay-out of posters.

    Read online or print it below.

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    O guia da Loesje já está disponível em Português. Descobre como criar o teu próprio grupo Loesje, como realizar oficinas de escrita criativa, edição final e composição de cartazes. Lê online ou imprime-o abaixo.

    Deixa a tua criatividade fluir pelas paredes da tua cidade!

  • After a hard selection process, 25 participants from more than 20 countries have been chosen from 270 applicants to join the Study Session at the European Youth Centre Budapest 21st to 27th of November 2011. Loesje International, Loesje Armenia, Loesje Egypt, Loesje Macedonia and Cazalla International from Spain are welcoming all of them and looking forward to working together soon!

    Study Session "Why not exchange prejudices for experiences"

    Aim:

    The Study Session aims to empower youth leaders to work with young people helping them overcome their stereotypes and learn to live in diverse and multicultural societies, to respect human rights, by using creative tools including those of Loesje.

     

    Objectives:

    Ø  To become aware and understand the concepts of human rights, diversity, prejudices and stereotypes

    Ø  To explore how the prejudices and stereotypes manifest in the countries of participants.

    Ø  To share the experiences of the participants in using creative tools for activism in their communities

    Ø  To allow participants to reflect upon their position regarding human rights, diversity, prejudices and stereotypes

    Ø  To develop the necessary competencies in order to implement the follow up initiatives in their communities and on international level.   

  • Loesje zal zaterdag 22 oktober aanwezig zijn op het jongerenevenement KLETS!. Het evenement is bedoeld voor jongeren tussen 15 en 30 jaar en duurt van 13u tot 17u. Aangezien Antwerpen verkozen is tot Europese Jongerenhoofdstad in 2011, heeft de Jeugdraad ervoor gekozen om KLETS! te laten doorgaan in het station van Antwerpen-Centraal (achteraan in de put).

    Op het evenement wordt een verkiezing georganiseerd voor de jongerenvertegenwoordigers van KLETS!. Daarnaast is het evenement opgebouwd in vier zones: eco, cultuur, wellness en world. Aan elke zone zijn een toekomstdebat en acties verbonden.

    Je kan Loesje terugvinden in de eco-zone. Als je haar altijd al iets wilde vragen, kom dan zeker langs en laat je hersenen kronkelen over thema's als ecologie, klimaat en duurzame consumptie. Zet ze om in een nieuwe Loesje-poster.

    Voor meer informatie over KLETS! kijk op www.klets.be

  • Wat dacht je van een weekend in de bosjes met andere vrolijke vrienden van Loesje? Dat kan!

    Van 21 tot 23 oktober verzamelen we in het bivakhuis 'Deken Verstraelen' in Essen (Belgie) voor een lang Loesje-weekend (roepnaam 'bosjesweekend'). Samen met Nederlandse Loesje-vrienden gaan we allerlei toffe, gekke, inspirerende dingen doen. Alvast een greep uit het programma:

    met een Loesje-stand naar Klets, een jongerenevenement in Antwerpen. Een hele dag training over hoe je een Loesje-workshop geeft. Nieuwe Loesje-teksten schrijven. En zonder feestje is het weekend natuurlijk niet geslaagd...

    Het weekend loopt  van vrijdag (je kan vanaf 16u langslopen, eten wordt geserveerd om 19u) tot zondagmiddag in Essen.

    Meer informatie over de locatie (met o.a. een routebeschrijving) vind je op de volgende website:

    http://www.bivakhuisdekenverstraelen.be/

    Wil je meer info? Mail dan naar belgie@loesje.org

    Ben je ook van de partij? Laat het dan eventjes weten!

    Hopelijk tot in Essen!

  • Last week the Loesje international office had visits from 12 students that had won a contest that the German parliament had arranged. Every year since 1953, 50 students from all over the country are chosen to come visit the parliament and Berlin. As this years theme for the contest was ”volunteering”, Loesje was chosen as a place where volunteering is practised. So we were hosting these volunteers for half a day. Joana, Coline and Safaa told a little about what it's like to do a European Volunteer Service in Berlin, and also recommended it dearly. Also we gave a speed text writing. You will see the sweet results hopefully in next time's voting...

    Photos: mitmischen.de / Johannes Bock ©

     

     

     

     

  • Loesje happily presents the film "Social impact of art" by the Slovene Pina crew, filmed at the ODDstream festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in June 2011.

  • After the great recycling day the 24th of September Loesje and Kulturlabor Trial&Error hosts the equally amazing after party, at S.K. Robinson, Skalitzer Strasse 36, Berlin. It will also feature the "Loesje room"... Be there or be sorry to miss it! 

  • Hi! Salut! Olá!

    We are the two new EVS volunteers at Loesje, Coline and Joana. We just arrived at the Loesje’s Imagination and we’ll stay there for a year. It’s our first time living in Berlin and we can’t wait to know more about this city, the people, the music, the culture and everything else.

    Here I am, Coline, the new part of Loesje`s Imagination coming from France. I am looking forward to spend one year at Loesje with you all. I would like to meet more free people from all over the world as I already did last year while studying in Istanbul, Turkey. So I will be happy to talk with you in French, English, Turkish and Spanish. As far as I saw, Berlin seems to be a city where everybody can be what he wants, share his interests and mix them with everybody. I am excited to be a part of it through art, street life and activism. To end this short self-introduction, I will give a short word from Loesje in my mother tongue:

    SI TU NE VEUX PAS ETRE SURPRIS PAR / LA REVOLUTION / REVOLTE TOI

    I’m Joana, the other newbie here at Loesje. I come from Portugal originally but passed by a couple of other places until I arrived in Berlin. I speak Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and want to learn German. Travelling is one of my main interests, but cinema and other visual arts are also very important to me. I am really looking forward for this year! Can’t wait to start developing projects with Loesje and making out of this city a new cozy and exciting home. I’ve butterflies in my stomach and couldn’t feel more alive! Here is Loesje talking in my mother tongue also:

    MOSTRA-ME AS FRONTEIRAS / E EU MOSTRO-TE COMO ATRAVESSÁ-LAS