tisdag 11 september 2018

DAY 4: Inaguration of the urban art work




The morning started with a plenarysession where four speakers talked about how the cultural heritage is enhancing the regional attractiveness and ended with a diploma ceremony. We got to see how regions are using their cultural heritage to promote themselves and to attract tourists which was very nice. It reminded me alot from how Visit Sundsvall works in my city.

The closing ceremony that took place after this was lovely and Mathieu, the AER Secretary General held a very nice speach about how he had fallen in love with Romania during the week. He was also very pelased in the way the youth participants had really participated during the week, both in the practical workshops and excursion but also during the sessions.

In the afternoon we took a trip to Baia Mare where there was an inaguration of the urban art work on the Youth House wall. Here Belgian and Romanian artist from a street art network had created art in the celebration of Baia Mare Youth CApital of Romania 2018. It was nice to see artist, politicians and a lot of young people working together for youth influence and street art. These celebrations continued throughout the afternoon and in the city square you could hear amazing young artist on the stage.

And this was the last day here...
The week passed really fast (especially since we missed out of one day). But it was a truly inspiring week where I gained a lot of idéas and knowledge of the importance of this subject to bring back home. Since I (Rebecca) work with young people in my city at a cultural meeting place, and also know that our region has so much to experiences and get to know I am really looking forward to keeping this focus "cultural heirtage" in my work. And never the less in my political mandate.

Now the work starts back home! :)

Departureday: Romania is waiting!

So yes.. this should actually been posted first! But whatsevs! This is my (Rebeccas) presentation!

Hi everyone and welcome to this years blog!

It is once more time for the incredible AER Summer Academy and we’re excited to be the representatives for our region Västernorrland. And super excited about the theme of this year:  Cultural Heritage for Regional Attractiveness.

But who am I and what am I excited about?

My name is Rebecca Lampinen.
I’m 25 years old and live in Sundsvall with my Siberian cat Caesar.

I work as a youth leader at a meeting place called Unga Magasinet for young people that are 16-25 years old. I am politically active on a municipal level and also active in Rotaract, Rotary and Sparbanksstiftelsen Norrland.

I am excited to be meeting a lot of inspirational young people, participating in interesting workshops and exploring the region of Maramures.

These are some of the sessions I will take part in during the week

Preserving the old while facing the new
How regions can develope city-marketing tools through street art
Turning cultural heritage into jobs
(unfortunately i missed the two last workshops due to one day late in arrival because of delayed and cancelled flights)

It will be very interesting to see what will come from these workshops and I look forward to keeping you all updated about it.

This Friday I spoke on the Radio Sveriges Radio P4 Västernorrland about this trip. It’s in Swedish though. Click on the link below, isten, enjoy!


DAY 3: Semniar & Excursions





Thursday morning was opened with a seminaries session. Together we covered two of the four seminaries. Rebecca participated in City-marketing tools which is describes below. The second, in which Emil participated seminar will be added soon!

How regions can develope city-marketing tools through street art, by Alexandra Lambert
Basically it’s was a a really great seminar about the history of street art and the different meanings it has had and the way it has been used through time and depending on where is was used and by who. E.g how it all started in Philadelphia as an act of love and how it developed as a way to send messages between New York and Philadelphia by using the subway. Starting with tags and then developing the tags with styles, colours, outlining and characters it soon became art.
The rest history is really interesting and even more so how different countries see street art. How it can be completely legitimatised it one place and zero acceptance in another. How some places today opens big exhibition halls and museum for street art and din other places it’s not even okay to have a workshop using spray cans. It’s even so that some countries are proud of the street art and what it represents.
So the question is: how CAN we use this tool for city marketing? How can we legitimate it where it’s not okay and truly see the value of it? How can street art be permanent or temporary exhibitions of art? Can we use it to increase tourism and inclusion?
All around the world there’s different ongoing project dedicated to street art; Crono Project in Lisbon, Mural Art Program in Philadelphia and a whole neighbourhood dedicated to this in Miami.
Look them up!
Below is a pictures of the two youngsters from Norway (UKM) that had one more amazing performance.


This afternoon was just amazing starting of with some hiking to a local swimming area, where went swimming, ride the mountain bikes and had a workshops with some military guys where we got to try soft air guns. And never the less, we saw these amazingly beautiful sheeps with long furry tails! loved them! There’s not so much more to say except that it was a great afternoon and nice to have some time to move around physically and try out some adventures things.


More info about the excursion that Emil participated will come! But for now you can enjoy the pictures below!
                         // Rebecca and Emil

DAY 2: Debates & traditional workshops




Suior Resort, an amazing place to stay for a visit in Maramures. A ski resort during wintertime with the best down hills in Maramures and a beautiful jungle-isch place during the summer. Surrounded by a small lake and beautiful  flowers. You’ll get there by using the ski lift, a ride for 15 minuets, to the night of 1000 meters. The ride during the day offers an amazing view and during the night a starlight sky. This is where we had our stay.
Riding the lift created time for conversations. In conversation in particularly was about the nature, economic growth and daily lift the the Romanian people. They have such an amazing nature, but are not preserving it. They cut down the woods and do not plant any new trees, so they are slowly loose more and more of this beautiful nature.

Since the economic growth is declining and debt increasing, the government I selling of land that are being exploiting for the wood, gold, silver and petrol. Also the people of Romania is in general farmers, balancing several choirs and works, so they don’t have the time nor the money to explore the adventures and outdoor life that Romania has to offer.
Creative Start, by Ramona
It’s about supporting small creativity businesses that are stated by young people.
In this project, which started in the beginning of 2018, will have 600 young people undergoing training and then 75 of these will receive a grant for €35000 and support during the first two years. One of the criteria for receiving this grant and support is that the business at least employ two persons. The project will be ongoing for 4 years.
This seminar was ended by a really  great performance by two youngsters from Norway wihtin the UKM.
Comana Paper Mill and Craft Village Complex, by Ion

A museum dedicated to book-related crafts, which started as an idea in 2009 and was inaugurated in 2011.  They work with crafts as a part of cultural heritage and as a part of a creative and green industry.

They hire locals whose never had a job to work with the crafts. Crafts are relevant today and an excellent alternative to getting more money for ones family.

Summer school is also offered tin focuses on the traditional crafts and Romanian people from Moldavia, Hungary, and Ukraine travel to this place to take part in this. The craft they are working with is creating books by using historic book-binding equipment with real painting as a cover. Where ever they produce in these workshops they get to keep.
They see this as a social enterprise and both in their employment strategies but also since they apply for funds so they can cover the costs for children in poverty so they also have the opportunity to participate in this summer school, because in many ways it’s more important for the participate but also it’s important for children with more opportunities to participate because they are also the ones falling far away from the traditions and spending more time in front of the screens. They are not used to work with their hands, so the project is a huge win for both group of children.
You can read more about the project on www.moatadehartie.ro
Follow you’ll read some conclusions from the debate between the Director of European Heritage Volunteers, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the Federation of Youth NGOs.
How can a region be attractive through heritage?
First of all it’s important to domestically show and teach what our heritage is, then we need to share it with others by create a curiosity around it and putting value into it. By doing so we are attractive to our inhabitants about also can attract tourists. It’s all about roots and identity.  
Where is the line drawn between preserving culture and exploiting culture for economic growth?
There’s no reason to exploit culture for economical gain, but it is necessary to have communication between the policy makers and the locals on how we in best way can use our culture and tradition and in a healthy way connect it to tourism. We need to have a sustainable development regarding the culture (and everything else) and we need to create a green economy, and for that culture and traditions such as crafts etc has an important role. It is possible to go forward by “going backwards” and using the old thing sod doing things in a new way.

What makes a region attractive?
Even though materialistic things as buildings and so are important we can not forget that communities, culture and traditions are people; the ones that have lived before us, and those who are still here. How do we live? It’s important to really see the people, the actions, cultures and events in order to really understand the community as a whole. If people can’t tell about the buildings, because they don’t know their own background, the buildings are not worth anything.
Is there anything negative about being an attractive region? Some regions is really good at reserving their heritage but do not have an economic growth and therefore there’s some negative effects on the regions. What do they need to do to change this?
Focus on conservation, education and additional impact. Use the sites as a tool and and a reason to educate and that will bring attractiveness.
There can be fears about a region that are too attractive and therefore bring too much tourism so that the own population cannot longer value and experience their own heritage. How should we work with this on a national regional and local level? Is there any strategies for this?
There should be a common strategy that’s coherent. The inhabitants must be involved and preferably also experts within the area. The decision should be made on local or regional level, as close the inhabitants as possible.
Why should we think these kind of things are interesting and important? How do a regions create and take advantage of most of the possibilities when it come to cultural heritage?  
It’s about identity and real experiences. To have a heritage site is more valuable and relevant for ons regions and inhabitants than having a drilling site. A drilling site only has the economical aspect. But it also appeals to the individuals, e.g most of us are curious about how our grand parents lived etc.
Who decides what is worth preserving for the future and how do we produce new heritage for us to leave behind?
Usually it’s said that the distance in time is about 50 years (two generations) to define a heritage. So really our grandchildren will decide what heritage we’ve left behind.  

How do we engage young people in heritage and digitalisation? How do we engage different generations to speak about heritage in a digital environment or other kind of interactions?
Young people search for everything online. Make the heritage online so that the young pele can fins it, because after that they will go and check it out.
How do we engage the private sector on the municipal level to take part in the heritage?
All communities have to find their own ways to work and involve people and sectors in this. UrbanisationAs many thing a lot depends on the individualists and enthusiasts pushing for these kind of things. Urbanisation is a negative force for preserving the heritage in the rural areas since young people need to move in order to study or find jobs etc.
How do we ensure accessibility for he cultural heritage? It shouldn’t matter if your disabled, poor, live in the rural areas, lack the knowledge or feel unable to because of too much tourism (which makes you to not take part and to lesser value it), all people should have access.
Well, first it needs to start with the formal education. We need to make sure that everybody knows about their heritage so they also want to and can demand to take part in it. The. We have to make sure that everybody has the possibility to take part. Also enable apply for funds for projects involving youth to that they could cover costs for less fortunate youth. We also need to involve our youth more in the decision making  processes. We need to be they and encourage youth to make their voice heard and really hear them.


After a great morning with an interesting seminar and great panel it was time to head to Village Museum to participate in traditional workshops conducted by traditional craftsmen from Maramures.
It’s the perfect balance of theoretical knowledge and sharing of best practises in the policy and decision making processes to later share knowledges in the practical way.  These are exactly some of the heritage that we need to preserve, and all regions has their speciality.
Weaving workshop.
The lady, an incredible crafts(wo)man, showed her work, shared the history of the craft and invited the participants to try it on.
In the picture she is holding up a sweater that is 130 years old, and right before one that was 100 years old and finishing of with a towel with 150

years on its neck. How amazing isn’t that?!

She talked about how weaving is good for your sole, the great quality of it and her fear of everything being done by the push of a button.

Pottery workshop.
Truly amazing craft and super difficult. How can it look so simple?!
It’s not only impressive to witness a vase being made in 2 minutes but we also enjoyed watching them teach us. And there’s nothing simple about being a craftsman. To work throughout the weekdays and then spend the weekends at a fair just to make ends meet.  
This is absolutely a very important part in their and their families life.
It’s was also awesome the we could keep the work of art (it’s truly art) that we made.

Beside those two workshops there was tradition food and drinks, word carving and embroidery, all of these at the Village Museum.
The afternoon ended at a very beautiful place called Alex Trout Farm. With big wooden houses, cabanas, a waterfall and waters full of trout it was an amazing evening where we were served... well guess... trout! And it was so tasty! And nevertheless amazing live music.

// Rebecca and Emil

DAY 1: Excursion



Due to flight delays and cancelled flights we arrived on Tuesday at 4pm instead of 4pm on Monday.
Hence we also missed the first parts of the day.


Stefans Tower, first stop of the study visit. The oldest cathedral in Baia Mare.  By walking 165 steps, peaking at 51 meters, you’ll have an amazing 360 degree view of Baia Mare.
Looking east you’ll find an empty yard of stone representing the area of where to church used to stand before burning down after a third fire. The Tower, built in 1332-1335 (middle age), was then the biggest cathedral in Transylvania. On the ground there’s also trees that grew from the burnt ground in 1846 which are protected and meant so much so that even the dead one was and interest of preserving. Behind it you can see several small bells. These bells hang there in honour of the dead (the site is also an old cement army) and they ring 3 time a day buy the organ in the yellow church. The church was built in 1721 and is the oldest active church.
The staircase is, just as any other medieval staircase, designed to be narrow to prevent the attackers to bring a shield into the staircase and for the protectors to stand strong with support from the left hand on the pillar and a sword in the right.
Definitely a site worth preserving and an important heritage.


The Buchers Tower is the only Tower left from medieval Baia Mare.
The Tower is located by South Gate on the picture (map). The Tower heal the Guild of Butchers who took care of the Tower and protected it by force is necessary. Baia Mare was a city, but not a fortress. In the centre of the map you can also see Stefans Tower and the former church connected to it.
Today the Buchers Tower offer traditional craft for e.g youth and kids. Offers craft to school classes and during breaks.
Embroidery is one of the traditional crafts in Romania. A regional project that recently was ongoing was to collect patterns from “the mothers”as they call it. Mothers usually made their own patterns and kept the originals for themselves. Now they have collected the mothers and the patterns and helped the, digitalised it. So now any person can fins these patterns, share and use them. A very nice and concrete example of “preserving the old while facing the new”.


Started by an Armenian artist that were coming to Baia Mare to paint. He loved it so much that he started a summer camp for artists in 1896 and it has a tradition ever since. Artists comes here from all over the world and the artists donated paintings (their work) as a payment for the camp.
At the moment the museum has over 400 paintings, all of them donated from camp participants, dated from 1896 to 2012.
The building itself was constructed in 1748, containing the head quarter of The Salt Line Office. Bara Mare has a rich history of salt mining.
The day in a whole was amazing and we learnt a lot just too bad we arrived late and missed the seminar where we were supposed to share best practices in how our regions work with youth initiatives connected to cultural heritage.

// Rebecca and Emil

torsdag 5 juli 2018

Sommarakademi 2018 i Rumänien

2018 års sommarakademi hålls den 6-10 augusti i Rumänien. Från Västernorrland skickar vi två ungdomar, Rebecca och Emil. Hejja er!

Här finns mera info om programmet i Rumänien 

onsdag 20 augusti 2014

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