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  • Thanks to the Circles of European Integration project (CEI) Loesje International was hosting two interns from Spain for one month from the end of March till the end of April 2011. Here you can read about their experiences at Loesje International:

    All good things come to an end

    It's a rainy day. I see many drops of water on the bus window, on their way down to the ground. Our internship at Loesje International is over. I have mixed feelings about the end, which is not unusual, although something you never get used to...

    Monica and I landed straight to the Board Meeting and Assembly of Loesje International, which was a very interesting experience for me. I got to know how big Loesje actually is and also learned a lot about how it works.

    After these first days, the weather got much better in Berlin and so did my tasks: for example editing the video of the Assembly happened to be like playing video games. I had an amazing time doing that.

    Actually I spent most of my time at Loesje editing videos (I did a trilogy ), so I barely could help Monica to translate Loesje posters and publications to Spanish.

    I guess, the only topic I’ve got left is the office and the people working there. I have nothing but compliments for them. The environment in the office is great and gets better any time Petra, Artur or anyone plays pranks on somebody.

    Finally, this article (also) comes to an end. I want to wish everyone Godspeed and I’d love to see them again as soon as possible. Our sunny experience finished on a rainy day.

    Oliver

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    Oddstream festival 2nd-5th of June - an inspirational place to be

    The Oddstream festival will take place between the 2nd and 5th of June in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, only 10 km from the German border. It will be an inspirational place to be for many reasons and it is close to Weeze airport where many cheap flights fly to and that makes it also accessible for international guests.  One of the inspirations of Oddstream is the surrounding itself. The festival takes place in and around a former industrial factory, the Vasim, next to the river the Waal and you still see many industries around that gives it a bit raw and surrealistic atmosphere.  During the four day festival Oddstream presents a program of music, interactive art, performance art, radical communication, film and more.

    On four stages over 100 acts will perform. During the day there is plenty of live music,film and  interactive art activities and at night there is Club Oddstream for lovers of dance and electronic music.  On the 3rd of June there is an ‘Inspiration Day for Art and Communication’ organized in collaboration with Memefest, festival for radical communication. Experts from around the globe will present their vision and views on communication, media and art. There's a festival camping for visitors of the festival. Visit www.oddstream.org to discover more.

    Exhibition

    The Oddstream exhibition exists out of a selection of works of the winners of the Memefest friendly competition 2010/2011 and many media-art installations such as a 360ºpanorama medialab where artists are making film-productions that they will present at the festival, a sound sculpture that the visitors can control and adjust, light-art, art- performances, short film broadcast, VJ-shows in the night and a real robot.  It is a mixture between inspirational, critical and playful art.

    Music

    Over 100 musicians, bands, sing and songwriters and VJ’s will come to Oddstream. The focus is mainly on independent indie, rock and electronical music. Oddstream gives space as well to local talents from Nijmegen, upcoming Dutch bands but also more known international artists such as Alec Empire, founder of the anarchistic band Atari Teenage Riot, DIY band like Chicks on Speed, Dissapears with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and the legendary postindustrial band ‘the Young Gods’ from Switzerland.

    Inspiration Day for Art and Communication

    Memefest and Oddstream present the world radical communicators on the 3rd of June 2011 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The Inspiration Day for Art and Communication is for everyone interested in art, communication and media. We expect to present, without modesty, world experts from Australia, Brasil, Canada and of course Europe to come as guest speakers for the Inspiration Day for Art and Communication. The confirmed speakers are; Sandy Kaltenborn,Tony Credland, Alain Bieber, Jason Grant, Shoaib Nabi and Paulo Hartmann. The inspiration Day for Art and Communication gives an added value to the Oddstream festival.

    Participation area

    In sea containers organizations like Loesje, Durftevragen wasstraat / Waarmakerij (Dare to ask),Casiophonic workshop, Grote Broer Kunsteducatie,  presents workshops and activities that the festival visitors can engage in.

    Education
    Oddstream values non-formal education and has a strong program with local as well as international partners:

    Socially Responsive Communication

    During Oddstream, Memefest will organize a workshop on Socially Responsive Communication over several days. The winners of the Memefest friendly competition are invited for this workshop.The aim of this unique workshop experience will be to produce visual maps which will show the differences (and reasons for them) between Socially Responsive Communication and Social marketing.

    International press agency

    Oddstream’s international partners PINA, Mašta, Loesje International and INCA invited young people from Europe to be part of the Oddstream international press agency. They will be trained in critical thinking and how to make news-items. During Oddstream they will do the media-coverage and create every day an Oddstream journal that will be broadcasted on local TV, online and on the regional Newspapers website.

    Multimedia playground for pupils

    Over 1.000 pupils from Nijmegen will visit the Oddstream exhibition the days before the festival is open for the public. They will see all the (interactive) art and many artists will be there to give some try-out workshops to the young people in filming, video-mapping and beat-creating. In between they can play in or with the media-art installations.

    Tickets

    Tickets can be bought online through: www.oddstream.org or at the festival itself.

    There is an Oddsteam festival day program and a night- program that has a separate ticket. Of course you can buy combination tickets and even an overall multi-day ticket. Beneath you find the prices of the single tickets.

    Day ticket Oddstream Festival € 15 (pre sale) / € 17,50 / 12:00 – 24:00
    Night ticket Club Oddstream € 15 (pre sale) / € 17,50 / 23:00 – 05:30
    Combi-day ticket Festival & Club € 25 (pre sale) / € 30

    Camping ticket (4 nights) in total € 20 per person
     

    How to get to Oddstream?

    Nijmegen is located only 10 km from the German border in the East of the Netherlands. The closest airport to Nijmegen is Weeze-Düsseldorf airport in Germany. Ryanair flies to and from Weeze-Airport. When you book on time the costs to go to Oddstream will be low (for example from Italy Trieste or Treviso to Weeze costs only € 30, one way). The bus from Weeze-airport to Nijmegen costs € 16 and takes around 45 minutes. Another option is to fly on Eindhoven airport and from there take a train to Nijmegen. If you come from Germany there are many good train connections, just visit www.db.de . Oddstream is located around 5 minutes with taxi from Nijmegen railway station. There is a festival camping for Oddstream guests.

     

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    Press Inquiries:

    For press inquiries, accreditation please contact pr@oddstream.org or phone to +31(0)625040410

    Photos for publication you can find here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddstream/sets/

  • Wanneer heb jij voor het laatst een papieren bootje gevouwen? Hier is je kans om je oude vouwvaardigheden weer eens op te frissen.

    In deze pdf vind je zelf te vouwen Loesje-bootjes. En ze willen graag uitvaren op de parkvijver in jouw stad, of de stadsfontein, of een plas na een regenbui. Zodat ze voorbijgangers even verbaasd kunnen doen stilstaan. Mocht je niet meer zo goed weten hoe dat ook alweer moest, een bootje vouwen, dan vind je hier de instructies voor dummies:
    http://www.knutselidee.nl/vouwen/bootvouwen_.htm

    Let op: je moet de Loesje-teksten naar binnen vouwen.


          

    Erg leuk in combinatie met de bootjes zijn de Loesje-waterlelies. Knip ze uit en vouw ze dicht. Zodra je ze (gevouwen) in het water legt, zullen de blaadjes een voor een openen. Als echte lelies dus, en dan ontpoppen zich mooie Loesje-teksten. Je zal de parkeenden en voorbijgangers vreemd zien opkijken!

    Uit respect voor het milieu kan je het beste aan het einde van de dag de bootjes en lelies weer aan wal halen.

    Laat je ons weten welke avonturen jouw bootjes en bloemetjes beleefd hebben? Foto's kan je ook op Flickr zetten en de tag 'Loesje' meegeven, dan krijgen wij ze ook te zien.

  • The date for applying to an EVS at the Loesje International office has expired since 1st of May. For those of you who sent your applications before 1st of May will receive a reply in May.

  • Vandaag zit ons land 323 dagen zonder regering en wat eraan te doen? Moet de gewone Belg ècht machteloos toekijken hoe politici de teller in de hoogte jagen? Loesje België bedacht een alternatief.

    Via de website www.hetvolkregeert.be kan de bevolking zèlf het heft in handen nemen. Hoe tewerk gaan? Stuur een eigen koelkastakkoord in, discussieer op het forum over culinaire bevoegdheden of print je Loesje-poster af en plak hem voor je raam. Inspiratie vind je in de ludieke berichtgeving op de website.

    Zogenaamde 'volksformateurs' berichten over o.a. archeologische taalgrenzen, sportbeoefening in de Wetstraat en Waalse frieten. Loesje roept op zelf formateur te worden en mee te besturen.

    Bezoek de website: http://www.hetvolkregeert.be

  • Today is World Press Freedom Day which naturally is an important day for Loesje and numerous others around the world, who are fighting for human rights, democracy and a strong civil society.

    If you would like to see how your country, or any other, is ranking on the Press Freedom Index, check it out here:

    http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2010,1034.html

    It’s made by the Reporters Without Borders and this time 178 independent sources from countries filled the questionnaires completely. Note that Egypt has risen to place 127 whereas Denmark has sunk from 1st to 11th place. Eritrea is still at the bottom. The Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has today been imprisoned 3509 days, since autumn 2001. His crime? He's a journalist, which the authoritorian regime does not appreciate. 

  • Start the season with Loesje at the ODDSTREAM FESTIVAL!

    In Nijmegen, the Netherlands / 2nd - 5th June 2011

    4 music stages / exhibitions / an ‘inspiration day for art and communication’ / an open participation area with interactive activities / live art and workshops / Club Oddstream with a night program by DJs and artists

    The Young Gods / The Gathering / zZz / Chicks On Speed / Lola / Kite / Krause / Disappeares / Alec Empire / T. Raumschmiere / Stagga / Eprom / Goth-Trad / Richard Devine and much more...

    Ticket sales started!

    For more information http://www.oddstream.org/?lang=en

    Loesje will be at Oddstream to spice up the festival with creative text writing workshops and to spread some posters.

    See you there!

  • Loesje International was once again awarded an administrative grant from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. This year we were allocated 4180 Euro to continue to do great activities European and world wide. The money will go to cover rent, wages and other necessary expenses to support the Loesje network. 

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    Dates: 22.07 - 02.08.2011
     
     
     

    Place: Keava, Estonia

    Venue: Tarsi Talu 

    Loesje's summercamp is going to take place in marvelous Estonia this year, from the 22nd of July until the 2nd of August. Estonia is famous for it's gorgeous landscapes, like endless swamps and woods, their foregoing technology (invention of skype) and their impossible language (14 bloody cases). The camp is located in the small village called Keava, which lies about 60 km away from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

    At the campsite, there are 5 buildings, including facilities like a cooking area, two and a half big sleeping rooms, several habitable rooms, a sauna, shower, toilets, a stage, a bar - loads of cool stuff - and most of it self-built by the hosts.

    The spacious outside area is usable in many different ways and you can find a lot of places to do workshops or hang around or to do whatever you want to. There are awesome hammocks all over the place, swings, trampolines, a lake, empty grass spaces, a sports area, a tipi, campfire places, and the camp is surrounded by a beautiful forest (which can also be used for people who'd prefer to sleep in their own tents) and impressive swamps. 

    Furthermore, we're going to have our very personal cook who will prepare our vegetarian or vegan food, however we want, and as a matter of course we'll be very glad to be allowed to be helpful with some peeling or chopping.

    The program will be similar to last year's. Loads of interesting workshops - School of Freedom - where everyone can teach and show whatever he/she/whatever can or wants to share and people can attend whatever workshop they feel like to. There's also an excursion planned and we definitely have to go discover some impressive sights of nature. In the evenings we will have either various, entertaining programs or some of our legendaryparties, or likewise both of them, or free time, secret meetings, secret parties, secret other stuff, whatever ;)

    The costs
    for the whole camp are EUR 160,- per person. Traveling costs have to be paid by everyone themselves. To pay for the Summer Camp, you can do so by transferring money to our account with the ING Bank: 

    Stichting Loesje International
    IBAN: NL74INGB0009562112
    BIC: INGBNL2A

    Write "Summer camp fee" as your message.

    For Loesje's with Dutch bank accounts it's 9562112.

    You can also transfer money via PayPal.

     

    We can suggest

    various ways for

    traveling to Estonia

    > Hitchhiking: Free the hippie inside of you, grab a flower and go for it. Loads of long-distance truckers on the road. (Beware of burglary though - make sure that while they are stealing your bag, you steal their truck!)

    > Bike: Go get your two-wheeled buddy and gather in Stockholm with some of our Loesje-friends who will travel to the campsite by bike and boat.

    > Eurolines/Ecolines: Check yourself from where you'd like to depart, it's really doable if you're easy with long bus rides.

    > Train to Riga and then take a bus: There is currently no railway
    between Estonia and Latvia. Don't ask.

    > Plane: The fastest and environmentally most polluting way. Ryanair is cheap, check their site from time to time to find the most affordable one. Otherwise you might look into EasyJet or other airlines.

    > There are also some boats from Germany (Rostock) or Denmark to Finland (Helsinki) going, where you can change for a boat to Tallinn. Check it out.

    > Car: You could put up a group to travel there by car.


    You can look for the timetable for the trains from Tallinn to Keava yourself on www.edel.ee and then you should find your way on the left side. Note that the current schedule is only valid until the end of May, so you should check the actual times in June or later.

    For transport from the point of arrival in Keava to the camp we still have to figure things out. Maybe it's walkable, otherwise we're able to rent a little van from the campsite to pick up groups of people and luggage.

    We really hope a lot of people can't resist the urge to come and we're looking forward to enjoying an unforgettable time with you guys!


    Fill out the registration form

  • Here you can watch a short movie about Loesje's text writing workshop. You can follow all the steps how Loesje texts are created.

     

    We will keep you informed when we have the next workshop!