Europa geht auch miteinander
July 8, 2017
At the end of the international art competition, a fashion show was held yesterday at the Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne. In the background hang the flags of the countries of origin of the workshop, participants. The flags consist of countless snapshots, which were created by Strelfzugen by Ludwigsburg. Photo HotmWobchendorf
Europe also goes together Brexit, Eurocrisis, populism: The European Union is no longer as self-evident as in earlier times. The urban project "Yourope" now followed another approach. More than 30 young people from three countries have proved that Europe is also linked.
Odhran is thrilled. ..Ludwigsburg is really great. It's all so clean here and there are a lot of cyclists, "says the young man from Caerphilly, the Welsh partner city of Ludwigsburg.
Like more than 30 of his contemporaries from Caerphilly and the partner city Novy Hein (Czech Republic), Joseph spent most of a week at the international "Kunstcamp" "Yourope - Young Art across Borders." The international integration of the Justinus Kerner School Many of the students involved have family roots in countries like Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria.
The Welsh and T Chechish youngsters lived together in the sports center East, where the young people quickly made contacts. "The Czechs could speak English, so understanding was not a problem," says Joseph.
During the day, the young people worked alternately in three workshops conducted by the artists Tracy Moberly (Caerphilly), Lada Poulova (Novy Hein) and Egmont Pflanzer (Ludwigsburg). Julia Slepkan, who directs children's television in the Ukrainian partner city of Jevpatorija, documented the multicultural meeting with her camera.
The results of the artistic efforts were to be admired yesterday at a public meeting in the Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne. In the workshops there was also a 10-meter-long catwalk decorated with graffiti, on which the young people presented their own designed dresses.
In addition to painting and costume construction, the participants also dealt with new media and photography. During their wanderings through Ludwigsburg, they gathered impressions on their mobile phones, which then merged into a large whole, the flags of the young people's countries of origin.
Workshop director Egmont Pflanzer has constructed a wooden construction with a few proteges, in which discarded objects give a coherent overall picture. This process is called "upcycling". Europe is an old continent, said Pflanzer at the final presentation. "That's why you have to make old things into new things, things that rock, things you can do with."
The well-known European stars also appeared in the work of art. This time, however, not in circular form as an EU flag, but on the tops of wooden boards. "We have hoped these stars very high, we finally want to go high," the artist explained.
Europe is in a difficult situation, Lord Mayor Werner Spec addressed the young people. "Certain currents, such as right-wing movements, have a strong influx." Encounters like the international art camp were an important building block for the cohesion of the EU. "In such encounters, it becomes clear what links us across different cultures and languages." Therefore, there will be international meetings in Ludwigsburg, emphasized Spec.
Also Tugce and Merve, both Schillerinnen of the Justinus-Kerner-school, the Kunstcamp made a lot of fun. In English she is not quite saddle-proof, admitted Tugce self-critically. But they had been able to communicate with the Welsh and Czechs, which had worked better during the week. "It was really nice and fun," Merve said, "was something different from the normal class, I'd do it again, even if it takes another week."