If you enjoyed reading our recipe book, watching our Song Contest and learning some European idioms, you might want to find out more about the "Do you speak European?" workshop. You should find your initial questions answered here - don't hesitate to contact us if you want to know more.

What was the "Do you speak European" workshop all about?

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Suzy during a brainstorming session on the role of NGOs and grassroots protests in bringing about change.

At E&M magazine, we want to make Europe personal. We think young people often feel disconnected from the idea of Europe, because they associate it so strongly with distant politics and bureaucracy. How can we find out what Europe really means to us? We decided that our everyday lives would be a good place to start: our identity as Europeans constantly shapes the language we speak, the songs we sing, the food we cook and the career plans we make. So the "Do you speak European?" workshop brought 24 young people from Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the UK together with youth leaders from E&M magazine and other youth organisations, and we spent a week exploring our personal Europe.

How did you select the participants?

We advertised the workshop on our website, through our networks and through the networks of the other organisations involved in organising the workshop. Applicants sent us their CV and a motivation letter explaining why they wanted to come to the workshop and why we ought to choose them. We were not looking for young people who were already European experts, but for people who had thought critically about the idea of whether it is possible to "speak European," and for people whom we thought would contribute actively to shaping the workshop. We received over 700 applications, so it was tricky to decide whom to take. Afterwards, we offered feedback on unsuccessful applications, and over 100 applicants took up this offer.

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Laura, Beyza and Ana laughing at a presentation of gestures from different nations.

How can I participate in the next workshop?

We are hoping to organise another workshop in the next year or so, but the details are not finalised yet. We hope it will be open to young people everywhere, without restrictions on nationality, and we will encourage all our writers and readers to apply. Look out for more information in a few months' time!

Who funded the workshop?

The workshop was funded by the Allianz Cultural Foundation and the EU Youth in Action Programme. (See logos and links below.) We had to apply for funding from both of these organisations in a competitive process. The funding was specifically for the workshop, not for any other aspects of E&M's work.

Which partners were involved in organising the workshop?

The workshop was organised with help from partners from Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey. They were:

Oczy szeroko otwarte/Eyes Wide Open (Poland): An NGO whose main aim is to promote all sorts of informal education among both young people and adults. The association's mission is to encourage people to develop their intellectual, spiritual and emotional potential in order to achieve a "better life" and defeat social exclusion based on difficult life conditions, an "unequal start" and unequal chances.

Iniţiativa Tinerilor pentru Modernizarea României (ITMR)/Youth Initiative for the Modernisation of Romania

AEGEE-Ankara/European Students' Forum Ankara (Turkey)

La Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda/Royal School of Cavalry in Ronda: Literature, art, music, history and horseback riding come together within the ancient walls of the Real Maestranza de Caballería in Ronda, founded in the 16th Century in Ronda, Andalusia.

The partner organisations worked together with the E&M editors and Europe of new Ideas (E&M's parent organisation) to select participants, and to create and realise an exciting workshop.

In cooperation with: Kulturstiftung.Compressed
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This project is financed with support from the European Union through the program YOUTH IN ACTION. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the national agency JUGEND für Europa and they cannot be held responsible for them.