International cooperation has been an important aspect of the BYC programme since the very beginning. Owing to the relation with the Musagetes foundation, the BYC has been designed as a bilingual project from the start, which makes it internationally visible.
BYC International cooperation and projects
By exploring various possibilities of using art and culture as the media for promoting intercultural dialogue, the BYC creates possibilities for education and empowering the children in the area of non-violent communication, active citizenship and promoting tolerance, as well as inclusive and peace education.
The Benčić Youth Council wants to continue with the development of the platform for continuous cooperation with the organizations from neighbouring countries, which has already started with the guest artists and educators from Slovenia and Macedonia: Luka Piletić (social worker and circus artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia), Peter Kus (composer, puppet theatre director, instrument maker and educator from Ljubljana, Slovenia), Aleksandra Mihajlovska (actress, youth worker in the area of applied theatre and coordinator in the Youth Centre for Intercultural Dialogue “Multi Kulti” from Kumanovo, Macedonia) and Metod Blejc (multidisciplinary hybrid producer in the area of art, design, photography and education).
The BYC recognizes the importance of the cooperation with artists and cultural educators from the neighbouring countries owing to the common position of the cultural education, which is still just beginning. By establishing relations with the educators and artists from the neighbouring countries, we create possibilities for the exchange of methods, models and practices, as well as promote changes and progress in the area of culture and non-formal cultural-artistic education.
Besides guest artists and educators, BYC was presented at several conferences:
YOCOCU – YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage, Madrid, Spain
YOCOCU (YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage) is a conference organized by the Museo Reina Sofía Department of Conservation-Restoration, the Geosciences Institute (CSIC-UCM), and the YOCOCU (YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage) association.
This international congress aims to form a meeting point for young professionals and experts with a broad background in the sphere of the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage, securing a platform for them to disseminate their research and share experiences.
On the fifth edition of the conference, one of the new highlighted topics was education and it was an opportunity to present the Benčić Youth Council programme to our peers.
EASY TOWNS meeting, Phorzheim, Germany
EASY TOWNS, European Accessible Sustainable Young TOWNS, is a two-year project funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens” (2015 – 2017). Eleven cities in ten different European countries cooperated on the topic of multiculturalism and integration. The ultimate goal was to increase the capacity of the cities involved in dealing with the issue of integration linked to multicultural urban environment, taking into account the views of young people.
EASY TOWNS project structure has been tailored not only for the exchange of good practices, but for the development of new bottom-up driven approaches, for a long-lasting cooperation able to contribute to the achievement of the main priorities set up at the European level. By participating in the debate on the future of Europe, the project will contribute to the development of a shared identity for the Union’s citizens that could be more engaging, especially for the younger generation, while being forward-looking and history based at the same time.
The BYC participated on the international meeting 3rd Transnational Event – October 2016 – Pforzheim (Germany) where youth councils from 11 countries presented their work.
The Benčić Youth Council participated on the TANDEM Fryslân 2018 Partner Forum. With iepen mienskip (open community) as a central theme, LF2018 focuses on cultural interventions that can encourage new approaches to the challenges faced by this rural region of the Netherlands. Tandem Fryslân facilitates the exchange of similar experiences across the wider Europe. The programme stimulates the search for innovative solutions by building long-term cooperation between cultural actors working in Fryslân and other regions in wider Europe.