The festival ‘Friendship Bridges 2008’ was the continuation of the intercultural dialogue between Kedainiai (Lithuania), Sommerda (Germany), Kohtla-Jarve (Estonia), Brodnica (Poland), Lobez (Poland), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (Poland), Zimnicea (Romania) and Castelforte (Italy). The twin town from Sweden (Svalov) took part in the meeting as well. The main aim was to present cultural diversity in Europe, distinguish national identity and develop cultural cooperation between twin towns.
The meeting ‘Friendship Bridges 2008’ promoted the spread of experience in cultural areas, debated about changes in cultures, historical influence and retention of identity after the integration of the European Union. During that meeting the international cognitive programme conference ‘Cultural diversity in Europe. The influence of history on the development of towns’ took place and each country presented its cultural diversity and explained how history influences the development of its towns. Representatives from the participating cities mentioned above shared their views about their rich cultural life, history and future ideas. The conference attracted a lot of attention from local people and visitors. Over 140 people took part in the event. On the same day the youth music and dance programme ‘Train of Friendship’ was performed in the City Park, involving youth groups from the representatives mentioned above. Over 130 young guests and over 50 Kėdainiai youth groups of folk and modern dance, chamber choirs, folk and music groups represented their cultural singularities. On the same day the male voice choir ‘GES’ from Schio in theVeneto region of Italy gave a concert at St. Joseph’s Church. The next morning a fair of folk artworks was held in the Square Didžioji Rinka, where local artists presented unique handicraft to the community and guests. On the same day the concerts ‘Music Bridges’ and ‘Brass band invites’ took place in the City Park. All these performances helped to understand how different we are and how easily we can express our singularity through music, dance and song. The event raised awareness of the richness of the cultural and linguistic environment in Europe. It also promoted mutual understanding and tolerance, thereby contributing to the development of a respectful, dynamic and multifaceted European identity. The activities undertaken gave citizens of different nationalities the opportunity to participate together in common activities.
This meeting gave all participants an opportunity to get to know people from their twinned towns and to develop personal friendships with them, to become familiar with the day-to-day life of people in the twinned towns (schools, local institutions and services) and to experience and share together cultural diversity and common cultural heritage in Europe.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Sector:||Sports, youth, culture and art|
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|Keywords:||Town partner, twinning, meeting, culture, diversity, heritage, collective, Europe|
|Short English description:||The meeting ‘Friendship Bridges 2008’ promoted the spread of experience in cultural areas, debated about changes in cultures, historical influence and retention of identity after the integration of the European Union|
|Organisation:||Kedainiai Municipality Administration|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|