International Erasmus+ Youth Exhchange „Re-Generation – Youth Exploring Sustainability“
7th to 15th of August 2021
From 7th to 15th of August 2021 Cercle Libre has organized the international Erasmus+ Youth Exchange “Re-Generation – Youth Exploring Sustainability“ in Lackenhof/Lower Austria. 40 young people, volunteers, youth workers, trainers, activists from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine have met in the picturesque setting of this remote alpine village.
Concerning the European goal “Sustainable Green Europe” participants engaged themselves in exploring fields such as (re-)connection to nature, sustainable living, responsible consumerism, zero waste/waste reduction, upcycling, urban gardening, Neuromarketing, Gender equality and sharing economy. The youth exchange was designed by young people for young people with the mission to create opportunities in non-formal learning and thus support personal and professional growth, more active and quality life and help uncover the potential of individuals and the community. The theory was applied practically while exploring the area and implementing the realities of the environment, by mindful practices such as yoga sessions, sonic meditations, music making, painting, outdoor activities and a guided walk with a herb educator. The program was completed by our intercultural evening, a gathering around the bonfire, sports and other events to strengthen the sense of community, so friendships are forged and future partnerships were founded.
We want to express our sincere thanks to our partners for the great support to make this wonderful experience possible: Erasmus+, OeAD Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation, Lower Austrian Regional government office Department of environmental and energy economics, Daurer Reisen (Lunz am See) and LEAD Innovation Management GmbH, Project „Alles Gurgelt!“.
media cooperation PARALLEL VIENNA art fair
22nd to 27th of September 2020
Cercle Libre were very pleased being able to support the art scene, which has been terribly affected by Covid-19 restrictions, within a media cooperation with PARALLEL VIENNA, the biggest independent contemporary art fair in Austria.
PARALLEL VIENNA acts like a pop-up museum for contemporary art showcasing young developments and the independent scene. Their guiding principle is to offer affordable exhibition spaces for art universities, associations, galleries, project spaces, off and artist spaces in temporarily vacant buildings. This year it has been solicitously organized according to high Covid-19 prevention standards at Altes Gewerbehaus, once the offices of the Chamber of Commerce, situated in the heart of Vienna near the famous Stadtpark.
Our editor-in-chief Angelika Seebacher took a closer look at the fair, please find her intriguing articles in our blog: http://cerclelibre.at/?page_id=51
Furthermore we had the wish to connect the art world with wellbeing in a three-dimensionality sculptural space, so we have offered a yoga session in cooperation with the international art world network artgorgeous at PARALLEL STAGE. Our director Vera Penz (RYT-200: certified yoga instructor) conducted a beautifully vibrant class surrounded by sculptures of famous as well as upcoming artists and in front of a huge Schüttbild of Herman Nitsch on Saturday morning before the fair opened up to the public. With enough fresh air in the hall and plenty of space between the participants, our dear yogis could enjoy a safe, calming but refreshing yoga moment in the midst of all this corona madness – A meditation on the role of survivial in the art world leading us back to joy and togetherness in order to go beyond the problems of the pandemic.
From 17-25. October 2019, Cercle Libre organized the international Erasmus+ training course Co:Create – From Self-Authorship to Active Citizenship in Georgia. We invited 24 young people, volunteers, youth workers, trainers, activists from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Ukraine to gather for a week in the beautiful Kakheti region.
The participants equipped themselves with tools and approaches to increase their wellbeing, self-reflection and self-authorship and thus create a ripple-down effect on their environment. They raised their awareness of global interconnectedness and personal responsibility towards the global community, explored approaches to active citizenship, youth participation in democratic life and civic engagement. A big thank you to everyone involved in co-creating a magic week full of dedication to personal growth and care for others, friendship and inciting sparks to take action.
Seminar „Oriental Music and current Migration“, summer term 2017
University of Vienna/Department of Music
Idea, concept, lecturers: Kerstin Koppi, Mia Legenstein
With this seminar we wanted to pave the way for encounters and collect stories. We have invited musicians from Syria, Afghanistan, Palestine, Turkey and Iran to present themselves, their instruments, their approach to music, the influence of migration on their individual life style and their culture in general. The aim was an interactive seminar between lecturers and students.
All lectures have been documented on video (YouTube channel: “Oriental Music and Migration”): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHHC-IBwARa7eOOAoLCyLUg
With the kind support of Verein der Freunde des Instituts für Musikwissenschaften an der Universität Wien/Friends of the Institute of Musicology/University of Vienna a brochure was created as a part of the seminar with contributions by the students.
Editing, publishing, proof-reading & additional texts: Kerstin Koppi, Mia Legenstein
Layout: Kerstin Koppi Final proof-reading: Elisabeth Stephan