By Heidi Trautmann
One of my priority concerns as a journalist has always been
education, especially education in the arts as it will develop the senses of
observing and feeling, it will develop the willingness to work together, it
will lower egoism, racism, anxieties and will at the same time improve
self-awareness and confidence as we will only master what we understand. My
basic life philosophy has always been ‘If you want to draw a chair you must
become one’, you must not trust only in what others are telling you, you must
experience it yourself. Learning by doing. Education in all arts pushes the
limits of awareness farther and farther and makes constant development
On this basis ‘Confrontation through Art’- Contemporary
Art as an Instrument for
Reconciliation in Cyprus, a project running now for over two
years, has opened at the same time a branch project to bring special art
education to children on both sides of the divided island, for playfully working
together, researching together the many ways and tools that the arts offer. It
is a cooperation between EMAA European Mediterranean Art Association, the
RoofTop Theatre and many other organisations, schools and teachers who gave
their time and enthusiasm in making this project work and develop with great
success. The exhibition of the children’s
works took place at the Goethe Zentrum in the buffer zone next to the Ledra
Palace Hotel on 26 November 2016. The organisers
wrote a thankyou message :
was great having you all at the opening of Children at ARTWork and Play
exhibition on Saturday evening. Thank you all for all the support 💜Coordinator of the Technical
Committees Mr. Andreas Pirishis, TC president of bi communal Technical Comity
for Education Ms. Meltem Samani, representing EU Commission Ms. Michela
Foresti, Presidents of EMAA and Rooftop Theatre Group Mr. Osman Keten, Ms.
Ellada Evangelou, Mayor of Lefke Mr. Aziz Kaya, the President and members of
the Community Council of Flasou Antonis Nicholaides and President of Linou
community council Athina Georgiou, instructors Antignoni Sofocleous, Sinem
Ertaner, Zehra Sonya, Polly Flourentzou, Marilena Kyriakou, Fatma Giritli, Oya
Akin, Stefanos Karampampas and Naz Atun.. And of course our participating kids
and guests ..
Another great day at Evrychou village where Lefke kids and
their parents visited today. A lot of fun activities for the children and a
great tour of the area by the Muhtars Ms. Athina Georyniou (Linou), Mr.
Antonakis Nikolaides (Flasou), Mr. Pambos Michael (Katidata) and the teacher
Mr. Andreas.. Thank you very much for the great hospitality and looking forward
to meeting in Lefke next week to finalise our activities..
exhibition transported me back into my own childhood: discovering nature and
its many forms; making pictures of your thoughts, experimenting in all
directions. The teachers leading the projects took them to museums to learn
about their ancestors, introduced them to sculpting with all kind of materials,
made them understand how a film is made and how to use body language and
mimicry. The work as a group was important, for example a village in clay, the
figures for a puppet play…. many pieces make a whole.
project with the children will continue for a while and I hope that it will stimulate similar projects across the island.
can learn more about Confrontation through Art and their projects under the