The Unity of the Balts under the Sun
Date du début: 3 janv. 2010,
Date de fin: 30 juin 2011
The students of Siauliai University, the Latvian University of Agriculture and Liepaja University are very active in the cultural life of their own area, but lack knowledge about the culture of their nearest neighbour. United by a common Baltic culture and history, the universities have begun renewing long-standing traditions of cooperation among the Balts. The aim of the project is to develop cross-border cooperation of the academic youth communities of three universities, preserving and restoring Baltic traditions, the culture of Kurzeme, Zemgale and Siauliai regions, improving quality of cultural and academic events by means of art and creative initiatives. There have already been two international student camps (in Jelgava and Liepaja) providing knowledge on different aspects of Balts culture and developing students art skills. Two cross-border theatre and folklore festivals (theatre festival Under the Sun and Students Days Baltic Afternoon in Jelgava), raising awareness of Balts identity and showing performances representing the unity of the two neighbouring nations have taken place. International students science and art conference was organized in Liepaja as youths contribution to the academic life of the Baltic countries. One of the biggest and gala events of the project is Balts Day in Siauliai where nine folklore collectives from Latvia and Lithuania will prepare and show dance, a musical performances revealing Balts cultural features and peculiarities, based on the developed script. In scope of project activities, exhibition of students art works created during the summer camp in Liepaja has been exhibited in Siauliai, Liepaja and Jelgava. Photos of those art works may also be seen at the created project website – www.ubus-latlit.eu. Final project workshop will present and discuss the results and further durable cross-border cooperation in the field of common Balts cultural and historical heritage. Achievements: Within the Project:• There was organised International student winter camp by Latvia University of Agriculture. • 8 theoretical lectures on different themes like Baltic culture, social life, ethnography, national costumes, their development, writings and signs, Baltic symbols, organization of concerts, basics of stage movements, etc. were organized.• During 11 practical workshops students could use their theoretical knowledge and prepared script projects for three festivals, project logo and sketches of dresses. There was organized exscursion for students to the Museum of Ethnography to provide practical knowledge about traditions, clothes, tools and living - space of the Balts. There was also prepared methodical material for winter camp participants, bought theatre props. • Festival "The Unity of the Balts under the Sun" was organized in Siauliai. It was 3rd day of International Students' Theatre Festival "Po saule". Two days were for rehearsals, watching spectacles and the 3rd - for performances of the universities participating in the Project.• On the grounds of script and scenography, created by 3 directors and 3 choreographers from Lithuania and Latvia a common performance representing the Balts unity was prepared and presented. After that excursion with guides to the place of the Battle of the Sun was organized for 100 participants of the festival.
Lielā iela 2, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte Jelgava Palace, Jelgava, LV-3001, Latvia
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