4 th meeting – Tallinn, Estonia 29/06/2011 - 03/07/2011
PARTICIPANTS ROMENIA ITALY LATVIA POLAND ESTONIA FRANCE BELGIUM Claire-Marie Vandermensbrugghe & Françoise Lefebvre Erik Loide & Ulle Lepp Marlène Vayssière & Delphine Godefroy Simone Petrucci & Matteo Mariani & Chiara Mezzetti Olga Vabela & Vaclvs Vavels & Liga liduma & Kikena Eva & … Joanna Rotskowska & Monika Szpatowicz & … PORTUGAL Suzana Menezes & Teresa Azevedo Sorin Sorin & Laura Alina Dutescu
WEDNESDAY, 29 Jun Arrival of all partners at the hotel and welcome dinner
THURSDAY, 30 June The first meeting started with the presentation of all partners and their institutions. After the presentation, Belgium partner has discussed some questions like the evaluation report, the necessity to have a “HEFORE Corner” in the institutions, the presence of HEFORE project information in their websites, the necessity to provide Europasses, and the preparation of the Final Report
After this first workshop, we were received speeches by Mr. Toomas Sepp, Tallinn City Office and by Mr. Anton Pärn, Under-Secretary of Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture. Toomas Sepp speaks about the events that Tallinn city propose for the European Culture capital. After these important speeches, partners started to work on Pedagogical Cards. Poland, Italy and Portugal have presented their own cards. During these presentations we were able to develop a serious analysis, with a critical view about the structure of these cards. This discussion allowed understanding if this tool will be a good instrument to share the good practices between partners.
After this meeting we went on several visits, such as:
Visit of Craftsmen’s studios/workshops of Katariina Guild
Guild is integrating eight studios (hat workshop, glass studio, ceramics, textile studio, fine leatherwork, patchwork, jewelry, Liivia’s studio). During the guided tour by most well-known Estonian hat designer Mrs. Liivia Leshkin to the workshops we observed the process of creation of Estonian contemporary handicraft by the artists.
Visit of the Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall
The 600 year old Great Guild Hall is one of the most prominent public buildings in Tallinn. On 28th May 2011, the Estonian History Museum reopened the Great Guild Hall to visitors with a new innovative permanent exhibition. We saw some possibilities (removable ramps etc) of making medieval building accessible to the visitors in the wheelchair.
Visit of exhibition „ Dialogue in Dark!“ in AHHAA Science Centre
Exhibition „ Dialogue in Dark!”: you didn’t find any light. What it feels like, when all around is darkness and the only way to make it, is to use smelling, hearing sounds and touching things? This time roles were changing and blind people became guides to sighted people. It was a very amazing experience.
We started the day with a workshop about museum accessibilities provided by Ülle Lepp (Estonian partner). During this workshop 2 questions were debated:
What is accessibility?
FRIDAY, 1 July Romanian partner talked about the evaluation document that’s already prepared and must be fulfilled until mid- august. Sorin also talks about Europass and explain how to proceed and who can have it. After this workshop, partners have discussed about several issues:
Joanna and Monika from Poland brought copies of local newspaper with news about a theater show organized by Creative Factory inside of HEFORE project with local participants. Suzana, from Portugal, talked about two main activities already developed. Latvian partners had prepared a powerpoint presentation “Art workshop as colour therapy for mentally disabled people” which has been organized by local History museum collaborating with Art school. Romania partner reinforce the necessity to receive as soon as possible the names of all the participants at Romania mobility and reminded that this meeting will happen between 19th at 23rd October 2011.
The Bastions. During the guided tour to the passages under the Bastions we firstly visited the various stages of the tunnels' past, during the slow-moving train ride we travelled to a few decades into the possible future of Tallinn in 2219.
Festival of Dance and Music . The Opening Ceremony of the XI Youth Song and Dance Celebration and first performance of the Dance Celebration The lighting of the song and dance celebration fire forms an important part of the opening ceremony. Dance Celebration was almost a 2-hour dance performance with thousands of dancers’ and gymnasts’ groups (altogether 7554 performer s ) on the dance ground.
SATURDAY 2 July The last day of this meeting was dedicated to visit natural, cultural and architectonic heritage of Estonia. We went by bus to the Lahemaa National Park . This is the oldest (founded in 1971) and largest national park in Estonia created to protect the nature and cultural heritage of the Northern Estonian coastal landscape.
Typically of Lahemaa, the coastline is marked by a boulder field – the so-called open-air museum of rocks Then we visited Sagadi manorial complex .
Evaluation moment We visited Käsmu, a village of captains (first mentioned in 1453). We walked to the yard of Käsmu Sea Museum on the seaside for the evaluation of the program in Estonia using natural materials (corns, stones, flowers, seaweed , rush etc) .
Portugal e valuation moment “ In our evaluation we intended to highlight two fundamental learning aspects of this mobility ”
On the one hand, and using the memorial symbol of independence of Tallinn ( a cross ), we wanted to emphasize what we have learned about Estonia and its people, showing its courage and ability to face adversity over the centuries. This is a story of struggle and survival but also the history of a people who managed to transform its heritage, natural and cultural, in its greatest strength, using it to present itself as a united people with its own identity (the only way to understand the grandeur of the Festival of Dance and Music ).
On the other hand, and using the symbols of the sun and moon , we wanted to highlight another important issue: although we had here, for the first time, the experience of being in a country where it gets no dark and the light is always present, in here we have discovered also the “darkness” and we confront the most difficult of experiences: being blind for an hour. Visiting the exhibition " Dialogue in Dark " we experience the ordeal of not seeing anything.