News

  • After spending last two days together we have successfully finished our yearly meeting. For the first time we used Skype to get the updates from Loesje groups which couldn't send their representatives to Berlin. It was very inspiring to hear live about developement of new Loesjes and their Activities. We evaluated also the international series with the comment that it got improved comparing to the last one. On Sunday we had two text writing workshops and after lunch we did some poster spreading.

  • The RECYCLED CREATIVITY FESTIVAL 2012 is looking for a multi talented and independent *fund raiser* to help realize this years' festival.

    The Recycled Creativity Festival will be organized for the 4th year, and there are already lots of plans and initiatives in the pipelines. To make the 2012 edition even more epic than the previous years we thought it might be good if one person is responsible, and has a fair bit of time on their hands, to raise funds - and through this will earn a percentage of the results.

    Interested? 

    The festival has our 'throw away society' as its theme and will consist out of live stage, up-cycling  & other creative workshops, films, actions and much more. It will take place on the 15th of September @ Wagenburg Lohmühle, Berlin.

    It would be good if the fundraising for the Recycled Creativity Festival 2012  starts as soon as possibleso let us know if you are interested in the position of fundraiser, by sending  an email with your  motivation and prior experience and we will get back to you. 

    Only your creativity is the limit!

    info@recycledcreativity.info
    www.recycledcreativity.info

    The Recycled Creativity festival is supported by Loesje, Wagenburg Lohmühle, Kulturlabor Trial & Error and Elektrischer Walfisch.

  • Discover the new poster series on Loesje's poster archive now!

    You will also find the February series in Spanish and the posters from the Communi-action training.

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/lastseries

    The February series of some local groups are also available in our Poster archive: find new posters from Belgium (in Flemish-Dutch), Germany(in German) and Poland (in Vietnamese). 

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/advanced

  •  Loesje gave feedback on posters about Human Rights created by 4th year visual communication students at the CAAD College of Architecture, Art and Design - The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Each series of posters illustrates one chosen article of the International Declaration of Human Rights. 

    Find all the posters preview here in Loesje's project folder!

    The students got feedback three times, once from the participants of the Study Session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences” and then twice from Loesje's team. Using advice and constructive criticism, the students improved their posters into the final version that you can see on our website and on our Facebook page.  

    The posters can be used in Human Rights education worldwide. Contact us to obtain them in good printable quality.

    Website of the American University of Sharjah: www.aus.edu

    We want to thanks the students for their good work and their abilities to improve it through time: Afra Bin Dhaher, Deema Al Mujadidi, Arwa Ramadan, Ghaya Bin Mesmar, Laila Kifayeh, Mansour Bakheet, Nour Abu Hayeh, Omar Mohamed, Rand Almaeeni, Tayma Bittard.

    Thanks to the Professor Shoaib Nabi Ahmad to have involved us.

  • Final Editing: English speaking group

     

    Sunday 19th of February, in the framework of the Communi-action project, a Loesje training was held in Berlin. Around fifteen people, interessed in learning how to give a Loesje workshop were present.

    The day was composed of a session to define what is a good workshop, a creative text-writing workshop in German and in English, a session to learn to present Loesje and two final editing sessions: one in German and one in English. 

     

    In this day, two series of Loesje posters were created one in German and one in English.

    For example:

    - EVEN THE BEES GET LOST IN BETWEEN THE FLOWERS SOMETIMES

    - HOW MUCH GOOD FOOD CAN GROW IN THE SPACE OF A MCDONALD'S

    - LUFT IST NICHT UMSONST / UMSONST

     

    Check out the Poster Archive, the new posters are coming soon in English and in German! 

    Thank you to all participants!

     

    Final Editing: German speaking group

  • We are looking for two creative and motivated people to do European Voluntary Service (EVS) at the international Loesje office in Berlin for 12 months. EVS is a project of the European Commission and it means you can live for free in Berlin, do society-committed work and enjoy life, if you are under 31. Regulations you can read below.

     

    Who is Loesje?

    Loesje is an idealistic organisation which aims for a creative society based on own initiative and active citizenship. The objective is to exchange ideas and opinions, to stimulate people to create their own ideas. Loesje mainly uses posters with short but strong texts (one-liners), which shine a different light on particular subjects. Our main activity is to create such posters, together with our members, as well as with people from other organisations. The posters are spread on the Internet, around the streets, in community centres, schools etc. The aims of the organisation are to spread black and white posters to colour life and to create possibilities, in which participants of Loesje activities can start and support progressive social initiatives.

    The project

    The project will start on the 1st of September 2012 and will last until the 31st of August 2013. It will be a great experience! At our office you will be working together with Rola (SE), Artur (PL) and interns from different countries, as well as many other active people of Loesje. The accommodation is arranged and for free, we have a cosy EVS flat where you will live together with the other EVS volunteer. You get money for food and pocket money, insurance, a German language course and a bike. The atmosphere at the office is informal and there is a lot of space to come up with your own ideas. A mentor, as a personal guide, will be present during your EVS year, although we encourage self-initiative, because an active attitude is essential for the work we do.

    Project description / tasks

    The actual work you'll do greatly depends on your own interests. Own initiative is highly valued. An incomplete overview of the possibilities:

    ·         be in contact with and support new & old members

    ·         support and organise international projects

    ·         organise international youth meetings

    ·         give creative text writing workshops

    ·         help to develop and update the Loesje website, Facebook and other social media

    ·         co-organise the yearly Loesje Summer Camp

    ·         organise or create exhibitions, workshops or other activities in our project room: Loesje's Imagination

    ·         graphic design (lay-out of flyers, posters and Loesje products, as books)

    ·         you could be also involved in PR, networking, technical development or fund raising

    How to apply?

    First read the regulations and selection criteria. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us. One advice, in case you know the people at the international Loesje office, pretend you don’t know them. What you write is very important to us and not what you believe that we know of you. It’s better to write more than to give too less information.

    Regulations

    ·         You are not allowed to be German

    ·         You should be between 18 and 30 years old (not yet 31 by the start of the EVS project)

    ·         You should be able to speak English well (preferably more languages)

    Selection criteria

    ·         A strong motivation clearly describing what you want to do

    ·         CV and Creative Vitae (what are your creative skills?)

    ·         Able to work independently and to develop own ideas

    ·         Experience inside Loesje

    ·         Experience in organising projects

    ·         Computer skills

    ·         Willingness to live with another EVS-er

    ·         We should believe you will fit in our team

    ·         The following skills are not a requisite, but could be a plus: driving license, German knowledge, experience in lay-out, PR, fund raising, web design, hard ware and soft ware, book keeping or knowledge on topics that could be interesting to Loesje

    ·         We prefer a geographical and gender mixed team, though personal qualities weigh higher

    Deadline for applying:

    The deadline for applying is the 4th of March 2012.

    We will inform you as soon as possible, if you are selected or not.

    You can send your application to evs@loesje.org

  • In March the City of Amsterdam will organize a European congress on integration. They asked Loesje whether they could print some of her texts on cards. Of course Loesje wants her texts to be spread all over the world so she agreed. The cards will be spread during dinner taking place on 8 March, International Women's Day. Participants will be asked to send the card to an important woman in their lives.

    These are the texts selected. You can find them in the poster archive:

    - international women's day / I greet my sisters on the other side of the world 
    - who is the director of your gender role
    - diversity / why do we like it in our supermarkets but not in the streets
    - coming out of the closet / why put people in there in the first place
    - who has something to loose by equal parenting
    - professional / is that a male word
    - Europe / a thousand miles from here there is another person smiling
    - European integration / spread wealth and people
  • Our Armenian Loejse member Hranush Shahnazaryan will represent Loesje at the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe the coming two years! We are very happy about this for the sake of Loesje as well as Hranush. The Advisory Council of Youth is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks who provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.

     

  • The January poster series is available in the Poster Archive. Print them and spread them around!

  • Dates: 28.07 - 08.08.2011

    Place: Tronle, Bertogne, Belgium
    Venue: Gîte Le Baty (http://www.gite-lebaty.be/)

    Loesje’s Summercamp 2012 will happen in Belgium from the 28th of July until the 8th of August. Let’s all come together and discover a bit more about this country. Because yes, Belgium hold the world record of the longest period without an official government, but it is also the country of tremendous inventions (as roller skates), three official languages available (Dutch, French and German), delicious food (chocolate, biers and waffles) and, last but not least, European Union capital town.

    To mix your brains a bit, I will try to explain the multilangual issue of Belgium. We are going to Wallonia. It is the part of Belgium where a lot of French speakers live in (but not all of them) and also where the German speaking Belgians lives in ( this time all of them). This Wallonian region, where the Summercap is happening, is called Province du Luxembourg which apart from the name, the complexity of language and the geographical proximity, is not related to the neighbooring country. To finish with this, the gite is located in a French speaking area but still every Belgians is learning at school Flemish and French, speaking it might be something else. 

    The gîte Le Baty is located in a tiny village called Tronle, near Bertogne in South East Wallonia in a region known for it nice forests and woods. We will be 60 km away from France and Germany, 10 km away from Luxembourg and 80 km away from the Netherlands. Pretty central for such a tiny village!

    At the gîte, we will find some habitable rooms, a big cooking area, a bar, 10 cosy sleeping rooms, a big play field, a piano, showers, toilets, an indoor fireplace and special area to play pétanque. There will be place to build up tents and woods all around.

    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. In the evenings we will have either various, entertaining programs or some of our legendary parties, or likewise both of them, or free time, secret meetings, secret parties, secret other stuff…

    We can suggest various ways for traveling to Belgium

    > 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: You should know that it won't be as easy as biking though Amsterdam or Berlin even though it would probably be more relax and beautiful. But anyway summercamps are for adventures and it will be easier than riding though the Alps!

     > Eurolines/Ecolines: Check yourself from where you'd like to depart, it's really doable. Big cities around are Liege (80km,Be), Maastricht (120km,Ne), Aachen (120km,Ge), Luxembourg (50km,Lu) or Metz (150km,Fr).

    > Train: The closest train station seems to be Libramont (24km from the gite), check the national railway company, the SNCB. For people under 26, you can buy the "Go pass" which is 50 euros for 10 rides anywhere in Belgium. When you go out of the country make sure you found a nice young Belgian that is willing to buy what is left from your ticket. 

    > Local bus: There is the possibility of asking for bus upon request in the province where we will be. Here you can find more info (in French). We will probably make a group reservation in order to get to and go from the gite. http://www.infotec.be/index.aspx?PageId=634074614763892539

    > Plane: The fastest and environmentally most polluting way. We will be equal distance from Brussels and Köln/Cologne about 150km.

    > Carsharing: Look on the web to find people offering seats in their cars on Carpooling.com . There is possibility to search for “international” travels, from the Netherlands to Belgium for example :)

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



    We are going to figure out how to get from the bigger cities around to the gite. We will either rent small buses or request one of the Tel-Bus.

    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! See you all in the summer! More information are following on this website, so keep tuned! Registration will be open around March 2012.

    All pictures ( except the map ) are authored by the team of Le Gite Le Baty.