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  • Our Poster Archive is even more richer with the upload of several Portuguese and Brazilian series from the years of 2004, 2005 and 2008. Take your time to browse through these amazing texts and, who knows, spread them around?

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    O nosso Arquivo de Posters está ainda mais rico com o upload de várias séries Portuguesas e Brasileiras, dos anos 2004, 2005 e 2008. Aproveita para explorares estes textos fantásticos e, quem sabe, espalhá-los por aí?

     



     

  • I sat on the grass under a big tree in Lovers’ Park in the center of
    Yerevan, thinking over a topic I had to write for the local magazine I
    worked for when I heard very pleasant voice of a young lady sitting a
    few steps away from me. She was explaining some rules (I thought of a
    game but later it turned to be a text writing workshop) to a group of
    people sitting in a circle around her. I got very much interested
    since the participants had to suggest different themes for the
    workshop. The guys seemed to be friends, since they communicated quite
    easily. They looked very much motivated and enthusiastic about the
    work they were involved. The themes they suggested were rather
    diverse, such as full moon, immigration, harmony, abuse, etc. What I
    really liked was that some of them completely reflected the Armenian
    reality.
    The process of text writing was really interesting: they put down one
    theme on the top of the paper of participant and later they had to
    write anything that passed their minds related to that specific topic,
    this gave them very wide range of ideas. You may imagine how excited I
    was when I realized that the topic I had been searching for “visited”
    me itself. I came closer to the circle and observed their silent
    brainstorm. They would write ideas, statements, questions or simply
    phrases on the sheets and pass to one another. At the final stage they
    would highlight ideas each of them liked most.
    What happens next? What is all that about? “The chosen ideas will
    later appear on Loesje posters and can be seen in public places of
    Yerevan, they reflect our reality and they speak out what bothers us”,
    says Hranush Shahnazaryan, the Head of Loesje Armenia, “This text
    writing is the first workshop done in Yerevan within the activities of
    Loesje Armenia and I am really glad that more and more people get
    interested in these kind of activities and I am sure this is just the
    beginning”.
    It’s true this kind of projects are like fresh air, they give us
    chance to breathe, to fly, we start to think, to develop, to improve.
    It is not simply a statement on a poster, it’s a knock to your door,
    it makes you think and as a result you develop. That IS a key to the
    development of any society.

    By Anna Harutyunyan

  • I sat on the grass under a big tree in Lovers’ Park in the center of
    Yerevan, thinking over a topic I had to write for the local magazine I
    worked for when I heard very pleasant voice of a young lady sitting a
    few steps away from me. She was explaining some rules (I thought of a
    game but later it turned to be a text writing workshop) to a group of
    people sitting in a circle around her. I got very much interested
    since the participants had to suggest different themes for the
    workshop. The guys seemed to be friends, since they communicated quite
    easily. They looked very much motivated and enthusiastic about the
    work they were involved. The themes they suggested were rather
    diverse, such as full moon, immigration, harmony, abuse, etc. What I
    really liked was that some of them completely reflected the Armenian
    reality.
    The process of text writing was really interesting: they put down one
    theme on the top of the paper of participant and later they had to
    write anything that passed their minds related to that specific topic,
    this gave them very wide range of ideas. You may imagine how excited I
    was when I realized that the topic I had been searching for “visited”
    me itself. I came closer to the circle and observed their silent
    brainstorm. They would write ideas, statements, questions or simply
    phrases on the sheets and pass to one another. At the final stage they
    would highlight ideas each of them liked most.
    What happens next? What is all that about? “The chosen ideas will
    later appear on Loesje posters and can be seen in public places of
    Yerevan, they reflect our reality and they speak out what bothers us”,
    says Hranush Shahnazaryan, the Head of Loesje Armenia, “This text
    writing is the first workshop done in Yerevan within the activities of
    Loesje Armenia and I am really glad that more and more people get
    interested in these kind of activities and I am sure this is just the
    beginning”.
    It’s true this kind of projects are like fresh air, they give us
    chance to breathe, to fly, we start to think, to develop, to improve.
    It is not simply a statement on a poster, it’s a knock to your door,
    it makes you think and as a result you develop. That IS a key to the
    development of any society.

    By Anna Harutyunyan

  • Loesje is once again involved in arranging the Recycled Creativity festival, 20th-24th of September at the Lohmühle, Berlin, Germany. Join us for music, workshops, films and lovely recycling!

    http://www.recycledcreativity.info/2011.html

  • Loesje International
    in cooperation with
    the Directorate of Youth and Sport
    of the Council of Europe

    European Youth Center Budapest

    21st-27th of November, 2011

     

    Loesje Internationaland Loesje Armenia in cooperation with the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe announce this call for participants for the study Session “Why do not change prejudices into experiences” taking place 21-27 November 2011 (including arrival and departure days) at European Youth Center Budapest.

    Loesje is an international freedom of speech organization. Its charter is to spread creativity, positive criticism, ideas, philosophical ponderings and thoughts on current events by way of short slogans on posters, signed by the Dutch girl ‘Loesje’.Since the beginning of 1990’s and even more since 2003 Loesje International has initiated and organized a large number of international youth exchanges, trainings, Summer Camps and seminars relating to many different themes, including freedom of speech, diversity and Human Rights to solve problems and empower youth. We have already realized many international gatherings bringing together diverse groups of participants, working on creating a joint product and a multiplier effect outlasting the project itself.

     

    Aims ando bjectives

    The training course aims to create creative tools and to empower youth leaders to work with young people helping them to undo their stereotypes and learn how to live in diverse and multicultural societies.

     

    Objectives:

    • To become aware and understand the concepts of respect, and
      appreciation for cultural diversity,

    • To explore the topic of prejudices and stereotypes and how it
      looks like in the different participating countries,

    • To create creative tools to work on the topic of prejudices and stereotypes,

    • To reflect upon participants’ own position on the topic of  
      stereotypes and cultural diversity,

    •  To develop the necessary skills in order to implement the follow up initiatives and to continue work in the area of international youth exchanges of young people

     

    Facilitators:

    • Carola Ståhl, Loesje International

    • Evan Sedgwick-Jell, Loesje International

    • Agnieszka Byrczek, Cazalla Intercultural

    • Hussein ElShafei, project manager of the Alexandria Cancer Research Cluster in Egypt & founder Loesje Egypt

    • Hranush Shahnazaryan, Course Director, head of Loesje Armenia

     

    Profile of the participants

    • Active member of youth organizations (volunteers or employees) working with international projects

    • Interested in Loesje creative methods and ready to promote Council of Europe’s  values

    • Between 18 and 30 years old

    • Able to work in English

    • Committed to participate actively in the full duration of the study session

    • Committed to contribute to the follow-up activity

    • Be a national or resident of one of the member states of the Council of Europe.   

     

    Application,procedure and selection of participants

    The application form must be sent to armenia@loesje.org. The deadline is 01.10.2011. The preparatory team will select thirty participants on the basis of the profile outlined above. It will try as far as possible to respect the organizations’ priorities, but also to ensure a balance between sexes, geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and organizations, institutions and projects.  A waiting list may be established. Candidates will be informed whether their application has been accepted, rejected, or if they have been put on the waiting list, by 1ts October 2011.

     

    Financial and practical conditions of participation

    Travel expenses

    Travel expenses and visa fees for the Study Session in Budapest are reimbursed according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire training course can be reimbursed. The payment will be made in cash during the study session or by bank transfer after the study session.

    Accommodation

    Board  and lodging  for  the residential  training  seminar will  be  provided  and  paid for by  the Council of Europe.

    Enrolment fee

    An enrolment fee of 50 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid at the EYCB during the residential seminar.

    Working languages

    English will the working language of the Study Session.

     

    If you have questions related with study session, feel free to contact us by armenia@loesje.org

     

    APPLICATION FORM DOWNLOAD

     

    Course Director,
    Hranush Shahnazaryan

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    Online portfolio: hranush.blogspot.com

  •  

    Each month Loesje International collects the lates news, articles and updates as a review of our activities.

    In this review you can read about Loesje's activities in June and take a look at the newest poster series:

              

     

    THE HANDBOOK IS NOW TRANSLATED TO POLISH

    Please feel free to spread it to all the Polish speaking people you know. 

     

    LOESJE VISITING MALMÖ

    Text writing workshop inide a project that aims to stimulate youth to act.

     

    POSTERS IN MEDIA

    In Napoli, some posters made it to the media!

     

    SUMMERCAMP REMINDER

    And it's another summercamp reminder, cus' it's still not too late. Come along!

     

    FINAL EDITING TUTORIAL

    Useful video about how we make final editing. Spread!

     

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH WALL AT ODDSTREAM

    Here is a photo collection of the Freedom of Speech wall at Oddstream.

    Please let us know about your adventures, pictures or movies and share them with Loesje through our website. Send them to loesje@loesje.org.


  • After time time of work spent on the Polish translation in Warsaw and on lay-out by our Polish intern in the international office - Jagoda - we are publishing today the first localized version of Loesje Handbook.

    Soon to come in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Slovene.

  • Last month, there was a text writing workshop done in Malmö Sweden. "Watch it" works to stimulate creative and political activity amongst youth in Malmö and Lund, Sweden. The results were published on their web site http://watchitmalmolund.se/2011/05/25/stryk-mig-medhars-jag-kanner-mig-motstravig-loesje/

  •  In an online magazine in Napoli, some Loesje posters were published: http://corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it/napoli/foto_del_giorno/index_20110601.shtml

  • In each month Loesje International collects the lates news, articles and updates as a review of our actions.

    In this review you can read about Loesje's activities in May and take a look at the newest poster series:

     

             

     

    WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

    check the newest ranking on the Press Freedom Index

     

    EVS APPLICATIONS

    EVS applications closed on 1st of May for year 2011/2012

     

    KOPER, SLOVENIA – LOESJE FOR BEGINNERS

      new Loesje actions in Slovenia

     

    MEMEFEST EXHIBITION

    montage from the Memefest exhibition in Berlin

     

    PAPER BOATS OF LOESJE

     adventures of paper boats and water lilies in the Netherlands

     

    GOOD BYE FROM LOESJE'S INTERNS

    Oliver's experiences at Loesje International

    ODDSTREAM FESTIVAL

    festival information about Oddstream

     

    Please let us know about your adventures, pictures or movies and share them with Loesje through our website.