• August 1, 2014
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The Turgeliai youth participated in “Mickiewicz Inspirations”

From July 6 to July 12, ten students of the Paweł Ksawery Brzostowski Secondary School in Turgieliai under the care of their teachers, Oksana Aviżen and Alena Gudalewicz, participated along with 10 Poles from the Center of Upbringing and Education OHP (Voluntary Labour Corps) in Olesno in the “Mickiewiczowskie Inspiracje – Nasze Małe Ojczyzny” project (“Mickiewicz Inspirations: Our Small Homelands”).

The aim of the project was to gain knowledge on the history of the Polish-Lithuanian relationships through Adam Mickiewicz, as well as to cross cultural and language borders, and to widen young people’s knowledge on old and current Polish and Lithuanian customs and traditions.

The participants visited the Jasna Góra Monastery, where, while looking at the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, they could feel the atmosphere of Pan Tadeusz‘s opening lines.

The project also includes acting-vocal-art workshops during which the participants learn and record fragments of Adam Mickiewicz’s poems, which they will present at the end of the project.

The project resulted in a play staged on July 11 in Olesno Municipal Cultural Centre. The play employed mixed media and was based on Mickiewicz’s works. It was staged in two languages: Lithuanian and Polish.

The youth connected two worlds during the play: the world of today and of yesterday. Polonaise met break-dance, poetry met rap, and all that was set in Mickiewicz convention.

We are grateful to the Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund for the opportunity to participate in the project. We thank the representatives of the Center of Upbringing and Education OHP in Olesno and the Polish participants for their involvement, honesty, and beaming smiles.


Translated by Michał M. Kowalski within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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