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Last night remarkable story happened to me, unpredictable, so that’s d reason why I’m here after a while. So, here’s d storY:

I write a project that we need to apply today and while I prepare d documents I open d link from our partners from Spain. Our Bulgarian partner sent me d link. We are project partners in this project with my organization KONTEXT. But d story will not be for d project but for something else that I find enormously GREAT, something that inspire me a lot.

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iniAnd I press d link for Isla CreActiva, Sociocultural Association from Spain and after a while I recognize part of one poster design that I made few years ago. It is part of their home/ front page and surprised me a lot.

I almost forgot about this poster. Actually I designed it as a part of d celebration of d VOLUNTEER DAY and I wrote a post about. It’s great when u create something and u post it on ur blog and few years after u see ur art piece as part of some community, group, web page, portal, association. The name of d post that I wrote in that time is :International Volunteer Day & voila participation, and is actually December 5th, 2011.

When I opened d site for first time I did not notice, I began to use their categories, history, their actions, what kind of projects have done, but even then I recognized the font of the letters which I had chosen. Piece of d poster poster d organization is using as a header which publicize  and promote d European program Youth in Action.

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I am grateful to this whole situation, to my emotions, to d coincidence in d universe.To find someone by accident with someone that u do not know at all, to be a partner organization with someone from Spain who previously share something from u and is dialing a partnership with you in some way even though unconsciously, along the line of the same sensibility, creativity and message. I say coincidence but I am not sure, maybe is not only coincidence, maybe is about real connections, cosmic ones. who knows?! anyway d whole situation is magical, motivational, really incentive.

Hopefully this project that we will apply now will go well and we meet in future and I tell them d story in real time. For sure they will be surprised. 🙂

Thanks Emi (BYF) for d link! This is d poster ~ 🙂

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:exhibit “Heat, Thirst, Life” @ BYF 2o11

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This was one of the main activities on d program of d 16 edition of Balkan Youth Festival, Sandanski, Bulgaria. Regular the organization makes this exhibition in Hotel Sandanski but as we decide for this year better place for the type of art that was presented the place for this year was pretty visited coffee bar in Sandamski, named ICEBERG.

On the second day of the official start of this year festival [08.09.11], in d morning, in 11:00 o’clock all d volunteers, members of d music bands & d other participants @ BYF we went to ‘Iceberg’ for d official opening of d exhibition and d most lovely morning coffee.

The day before, me with d technical group of volunteers @ BYF visited Iceberg and arrange d place with our art works. This year there were two artists presenting their art pieces in a front of d BYF audience and d local young people from Sandanski that are customers at Iceberg. The first artist Blagoj Cicerkov is young photographer. He’s 18 years old and in d beginning he was working with d camera only as a hobby, but after he start with journalism and writing articles for different media this becomes his first job.

For this exhibition he do a special tour around d Balkans and visit Macedonia, Greece and some parts of Bulgaria, or cities as Ohrid, Struga, Thessaloniki, Sofia and Varna and tries to do special shoots for this year topic: heat, thirst, life. ..

The second author/ artist that presents his art works at BYF is me. For this year expo I decide to present them one of my conceptual art photography projects called „[3e]“ (tree) where I shoot one trees street in France (Montpelier)  decorated with some spherical balls. ..I also present one project „animated friends“, acrylic on paper-board and the last part of my expo was mix of some visual/ graphic posters.

Emilia Marinova, the director of Balkan Youth Festival, open this year exhibition with positive words first for Us. d artists, then for our art works and for d end of her speech for d volunteers and congratulations for all of us, participants of this year edition of d festival. Blagoj was pleased to be with Us this year and to share his photography, and me, I was pretty much surprised how is possible so many people to have need for coffee in d morning. 🙂

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Few media, including d national TV station were interested in our exhibition, and hopefully we’ve done a good thing with our works and our messages. Balkan Youth Festival is d best place for meeting young people from d Balkans and Europe and sharing our experience!

more for d expo [here]

:and from once. ..exploring!

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I didn’t plan this trip to finish like this but after I took two buses, the one from Sandanski to Petrich and the other one from Petrich to Gabrene then suddenly I found myself in d middle of that village that it’s like on d end of the world. On d Bulgarian side of d old Belasica mountain I was on few kilometers from the border with Macedonia, and yes I was going back home to Macedonia after one month stay in Sandanski as part of d Balkan Youth Festival.

First I ask some local people how can I get till d border and after a while I figure out that d only solution is to start walking slowly till d border, with all d bags that I had in me after one month. One grandpa told me that I’ll need to walk 2 kilometers to reach the border and for me that was not a problem since I already knew d road from before.Once I’ve done d same option and after few minutes there was car that stop and offer me to take me to the border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I start my walk and yes I definitely enjoy the whole trip till d border but the thing was in that that there were not only two kilometers but double. So the challenge for me was bigger. I had with me the Sun that was almost burning like for d end of this month and all d birds, animals, insects and d happy family of unknown objects in d nature.

 

 

After a while from behind there was one grandma that was walking even more faster then me, that confirm me d direction and relax me a bit with the info that I’m on d right way. I was hoping a little that there will be some car that will pass, but only cars are passing trough my back because of my big big traveling bag that I had on me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this hour and a half walking I stop on few places so I can enjoy d view from there, because the village and d road are coming from the top of d mountain and basically d village is in d hearth of this green source. Some of d pictures are just for a memory of this lovey exploring. ..I grab with me few tea plants and one wooden stick that I bring home.

.. sometimes even the things that are not planned to happen when u accept them as a positive challenge they can be really good experience. I felt as mountaineer for a while today and realized that I miss d mountain trips that were part of my activities in d free time before.

Thank u dear cosmos of circumstances for giving me this opportunity to live a bit with d green spirits of this planet Earth!

—===+>>>>Stage for contemporary art @ Balkan Youth Festival – Sandanski 2009

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This year the Balkan Youth Festival had again a successful realization of the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts. The stage for break-dancing was in front of hotel Sandanski and the space around was filled with people, presenting a moment of inspiration. Around 10 young artists created great works of art. There were painters from Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia. The collection of the BYF was enriched by few more graffiti, characters, conceptual works and action paintings.

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The break-dancers made the atmosphere alive and joyful with the rhythm of the beats, which were the background of showing their different styles of dancing. One after another in the same rhythm made different shapes of their body while the audience was getting bigger. The difference in the age and the art of dancing could not be seen, everyone had the right of the 5 minutes, showing their style of dancing, and the more experienced showed the younger the complicated movements so that they can learn them in the future.

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The girls, participating in the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts – Maya, Silvia and Tony showed a unique sensibility in their expression. Their works are made out of lines, which touch the depths of tenderness and mystery.

The choice of colors stood for the diversity in the festival another year. Everyone has a way of showing their perception of the world and the imagination in it. After the active hours of dancing and drawing, the works were left on the path to the summer theatre as an open night exhibition that was seen by everyone, visiting the concerts in the BYF program.

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After the end of the concerts the works were gathered by the short-term EVS volunteers and the local volunteers and the next day they were taking them out again.

The Stage for Contemporary Street Arts was successfully covered by the media – most of the participants gave an interview and the process of their work was shot by the photographers of the BYF.

translated by Iveta Kuzeva

photos by Eléna Dalibot

Flash Mob “INt(h)egrati.ON”

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As a part of the Balkan Youth Festival program and the program of the short-term EVS volunteers, a flash mob performance took place in front of hotel “Sandanski”, in which the volunteers discussed few important topics with the local people. The topics were presented as frozen pictures on topics that are attractive among the active society. The language barriers were crashed when everyone in a circle was communicating in their own languages. A melodic line of non-understandable language that could be understood only when you see the visualization of their faces and gesticulations. It helped in crashing the quiet atmosphere and in creating collective energy for expressions. Based on preliminary planned conception, some photographic compositions of moments of discrimination, diversity, awakening of Eco-consciousness and presenting the process of recycling of plastic bottles took place. Art-exchange, meeting new friends, communication through pictures and gesticulations.

Opening the doors of democracy, accepting youth with different statements and visions, creating universal society, in which all different attitudes in the process of getting free from the prejudices and stereotypes are integrated.

The steps of recycling are shown in few pictures which present the whole process. Dialogue for collaboration for the future, getting new ideas as a mechanism for the life of the youngsters.

As a whole the performance went well, the local citizens were interested in the topics and the way of acceptance and analysis of very attractive topics. In about forty minutes with a lot of action, laughter and smiles. I am very satisfied of the whole realization.

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