Name of the project: “Citizen Theatre’’ Youth Exchange
Date: 21st August – 31st August 2022
City/Country: Katowice, Poland.
What was the main topic of the event?
Daria Ptitsyna – We discussed serious matters in our society which were related to active citizenship position.
Elija Barz – Creating a play to perform on 2 different stages with the main topic Citizenship
Eva Leena Vool – Active citizenship amongst young people and theatre as a form of education.
Johan-Erik Põder – Civil service and acting
Reijo Roos – Active cizitenship in a play
What were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?
Daria Ptitsyna – I guess, even if it sounds weird, i learnt a lot about my own countries culture. I also learnt about different types of being active in a society and most importantly, i learnt a lot about acting and stage in general.
Elija Barz – How to act and how much effort and sweat goes into creating a play.
Eva Leena Vool – Understanding how much one voice can matter, saying out your thoughts and ideas is important. I really wanted to lead a workshop and i was very much incouraged by my teammates. I did it and it felt amazing to teach other youngsters my own knowledge and skills as well. Without this project i would not be so confident about my presentation skills.
Johan-Erik Põder – How to live in a made up character
Reijo Roos – There were a lot: Estonian culture, acting, making a play
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, in which way?
Daria Ptitsyna – Definitely. I would love to participate in creating other plays for children/older audience. I also want to put to practice my knowledge about writing scenarios:)
Elija Barz – Maybe visit more theatres or perhaps do music for a play in the future.
Eva Leena Vool – Yes, i will be continueing being an active citizen and try to be more in touch with my local politics. I will also continue expressing myself trough acting.
Johan-Erik Põder – Have been volunteering before, might pick up acting in the future
Reijo Roos – Yes, i would lovw to participate in some plays and maybe even study acting some day. And I am already an active citizenship, so Ill continue that anyways.
Would you recommend this experience to your friends? If yes, why? If no, why not?
Daria Ptitsyna – For sure. No doubts i would recommend it because i already did:). It was amazing experience and its so valuable, because i cant imagine being with the same people in the same spot again. Its a one time experience which is 100% worth it.
Elija Barz – Yess of course. This was something completely new for me and still feels like there’s a whole new world in acting that everybody can benefit from when discovering it.
Eva Leena Vool – Yes, its a great way to meet new friends and also learn about active citizenship and theatre. It was a bit hard at times due to the lack of time to make the play but we managed nicely in the end. There is a lot of creative freedom on this project, its the perfect place to practice it!
Johan-Erik Põder – I would recommend erasmus project’s for only open people
Reijo Roos – Yes, totally, cause it was so awesome and I hadnt had so much fun in a long time!
Other comments or anything else you would like to share? You can answer in your mother tongue, if you want!
Elija Barz – The estonian team gave themselves a positive culture shock about estonia 😉
Johan-Erik Põder – Jäin väga rahule ja soovin veel tulla!
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme