Race for Tolerance: How to Organise a Demonstration — United Kingdom


Program a akce: program ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Youth Exchange

YE dates: 18-28 November 2018

YE venue: Newcastle, United Kingdom

APV dates: 21-23 September 2018

APV venue: Newcastle, United Kingdom

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Participants: Hedvika Tomečková, Zdeňka Hlavatá, Tereza Havlíčková, Lucie Olivíková

Group leader: Kristýna Liptáková

Hosting organisation: Mostar Friedensprojekt e.V.

Project report: 

The Youth Exchange named Race for Tolerance took place in Newcastle upon Tyne in November 2018. Participants from 8 different countries started traditionally with team building activities throught ‘trust games’ and theatre activities led by Babs.

We had few short sessions about ‘tolerance’ but unfortunately we didn’t realize the discussion about the rules when organizing a demonstration in each state as we prepared before coming to England. During the free time we made an interview with locals about the meaning of tolerance to the questioned people.

We practiced basic principles of Laban method and afterwards we were physically trained for a public demonstration in Newcastle city centre. The slogans were created in different languages which might have caused confusion and misundesrstanding among local people, particularly when the UK is scheduled to exit the EU and the demonstration is organized by foreigners. The event concluded with artistic performance by human imitation of La Liberté guidant le peuple, the painting of Eugène Delacroix which commemorates the July Revolution.

Finally, I would like to highlight an exceptional hospitality we received from Mimi and Alex fom the very first moment of our stay in Newcastle.

Kristýna Liptáková

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