INDO- GERMAN ART X-CHANGE

Empowerment in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India) and Berlin Massive (NGO in Berlin) successfully concluded Art Freundschaft- Indo-German Young Artists Camp from 22nd – 30th of June 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

The artists participated in various signature styled German-based art workshops including Fraktur the calligraphic art, painting a 6-foot canvas with spray cans, participated in detailed exploration of urban art especially graffiti art where the winning thought was “kala (art) makes friends”, letters, breakdance and human beatbox in Berlin. They were exposed to the hip-hop culture, devoured the local food and visited the National Museum in Dresden where they saw original exhibits of some of the famous painters including Goya. Participants’ did not only formed life-long associations and memories but have emerged as better understanding and tolerant individuals. After all there is no better education than travelling and exploring first-hand what one has learned only in textbooks.

The focus of the camp was to engage the participants in a meaningful dialogue so that they learn with and from each other thus forming life-long ties and an elevated artistic and cultural empathy. The program was curated by Vikas Saxena and Sonika Agarwal.

Cultural exchanges across the borders with youths bridging the cultural gaps among various cultures, thereby creating a peaceful atmosphere of tolerances for everybody to co-exist and become global citizens. Enhancing Cultural Diplomacy.

The aim is to awaken next to the artistic and cultural youth exchange an awareness of social and global problems, to encourage the adoption of social responsibility in society. The participants learn with and from each other and engage in a cultural dialogue.

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