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Environmental Campaign in Albania

Featured: Tirana, "Loesje slogans for climate change in Albania" campaign.

Environmental Center Eden, supported by The Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania invited Loesje International to travel to Tirana to lead creative writing workshops with the focus on European Environmental issues. Loesje team booked the tickets and we were really looking forward to discover Albania, and then COVID-19 pandemic started. Nevertheless, we decided to make it happen online!

The 1st online workshop was greeted by the Ambassador of Netherlands in Albania, Ms. Guusje Korthals Altes, who quoted several Loesje slogans and expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration between Loesje International and Environmental center EDEN - dedicated to the task of creating a number of powerful messages designed to raise people's awareness on the Climate Change problem. Following, a welcoming presentation was given by the Executive Director of EDEN Center, Ms. Ermelinda Mahmutaj, who emphasized the importance of exchanging experiences among European countries on how to address urgent topics like climate change.

Loesje International gave five online workshops for Albania and many texts made it into Loesje posters. You can see the all the posters for the campaign here.

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Loesje International - because ideas have no borders

Loesje is a free speech organisation founded in the Netherlands (Arnhem) in 1983. Loesje became international in 1989. Loesje is a writers collective and at the same time is a fictional charter, whose goal is to spread creativity, positive criticism, ideas, philosophical thoughts and reflections on current events by the way of short slogans on posters, signed by Loesje (a Dutch female name).

Loesje texts published on posters reflect the current world issues and the concerns of the Loesje member's world wide. The main aim of the Loesje texts is to make readers think, act and react on the topic the texts are referring to. Loesje tries to do this in a positive way and to avoid being moralistic or dogmatic. Some texts have a serious message and other texts are just meant to make someone smile. Humor and creativity are important features in all the work Loesje does.

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Creative writing with Loesje

Loesje workshop is a creative group activity, where participants make short texts (one-liners) by using a set of special text writing methods developed by Loesje. Since the beginnig of the COVID-19 pandemic our workshops are also avaliable online.

Featured: Loesje International Online workshop for Humanity in Action

You can invite Loesje International for an online Creative Writing workshop in English, a nice idea for a theme day or a company outing. Besides the Creative Writing Workshops, Loesje International also offers speed workshops and lectures about certain issues, such as Freedom of Speech.

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Contact us: workshop(at)loesje.org

Erasmus+ European Solidarity Corps 

European Solidarity Corps is a new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to do volunteer work that benefit communities and people around Europe. Loesje International takes part in this initiative with our project "Volunteering abroad: I take full responsibility for becoming different". Every year Loesje International hosts two European Solidarity Corps Volunteers from different countries.

Filmed by Multimedia Centre of European Parliament.

Featured: Aurore Dufresne, Erasmus+ volunteer for Loesje International shares her experiences. 

Aurore: "...My favourite activity is writing, that's 100% for sure. I find it really inspiring, I learn a lot of things. You try to create that little spark to reach as many people as possible. And to try to make them think about these issues that are important but that people assume don't concern them because they’re happening far away. But it should be happening on every street corner. We should be thinking about them, about what we can all achieve together."

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War and Peace Project

In commemoration of 75th anniversary of the end of World War II Loesje International organizes a training course for youth workers and activists under the name "War and Peace: How are we going to remember the future?" People from eight different countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Croatia) will come together for the duration of the project.

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Where can you find Loesje?

Check if there is a Loesje group in your country:

Featured: Loesje groups in Europe

You can find Loesje in many countries all over the world. Loesje groups appear, disappear and reappear all the time so we can't guarantee that this overview will be still up to date tomorrow. Feel free to contact us if you want to connect with one of the National Loesje groups.