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Visual narrative October 21, 2014

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A Tuesday morning of October was the day which I chose to observe from the camera one of my favorites roads. The name of the street is Leoforos Nikis (Λεωφορος Νικης for the hellenic friends), and my route departed from the port to drop in the White Tower.

I walked since the blue left point to the blue right point.

Usually, I try to understand the environment from my own fact, but I took advantage of the chance to do an inverse way: understanding myself from my new landscape. The intention is to identify my reality although unavoidably it is influenced by the stories of the pictures. So, it’s a reciprocal building, the world affect us likewise we give a new sense that surround us when we discover it.

Undeniably, I have approached the city and with myself after that morning, as Apollo and Hermes did when he stole his oxen. They lived too an oncoming for some extrasensory event, so Apollo allowed Hermes to keep the cattle because he was attracted by the music he played with his lyre.

Alejandro Robles de la Vega.

16th LGBTQ Film Festival: Frames of freedom October 3, 2014

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The Thessaloniki International LGBT-Q Film Festival” was born in 1999 and still takes place each year in the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki.
The society “SYMPRAXI – Partnership for Gender Issues” and the International Thessaloniki Film Festival organized the “Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival” of 2014, which started on 19th and finished on 28th September. (more…)

A GreenWave flood Thessaloniki October 1, 2014

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Welcome to Georgia September 29, 2014

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ANTIGONE: FOR A BETTER WORLD September 23, 2014

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Antigone is a non-profit organization started in 1993. Its full name has the key to understand what it does: Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence.

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Nightlife in Thessaloniki September 22, 2014

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Thessaloniki never sleeps. This is true. My weekly report is about how to have fun in this city especially for foreigners (and volunteers). At first I want to write about the reggae boat. In front of the white tower there are 3 reggae-bar boats, the entrance is free you can listen reggae music (or other kind), drink beer, coffee, whatever you want, but be careful prices is not cheap.
Yesterday Wendy and me were there and it was really nice. The reggae boats are working until 12 o’clock during wintertime, and they are full of people. The sailing distance is 11 kilometers, it means it starts from the White Tower, goes on the circle near the harbor and come back. Trip time is about 30 minutes.
In Thessaloniki there are a lot of clubs. Most of them are located in the city center name Valaoritou, which is a place with many narrow streets to walk. There are electronic music clubs , Plan B, Tropikuku club, Four Seasons, and many bars and clubs I don’t remember their names. (more…)

Active citizenship: participants and their ideas during the ACIL seminar September 22, 2014

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The seminar on active citizenship, entitled “ACIL: Active Citizens Laboratory”, took place in Thessaloniki, from 15 to 19 September. The week full of discussions, workshops and social contacts was organized by the Greek branch of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the United Societies of Balkans in collaboration with “Thessaloniki – European Youth Capital 2014”.

U.S.B. volunteers met and interviewed the participants of the seminar in order to find out their background, motivation to join the activities of ACIL and their view on the concept of active citizenship.

To begin with, the background of participants varied from being students, teachers, job seekers and volunteers. On their free time, some of the participants support people with special needs, teach in a Roma community in Thessaloniki, are members of environmental groups, local government and so on. Regardless of the differences in their occupations or study fields, all participants had a common willingness to join the seminar and share their views on the relevant topic, gain some knowledge or techniques and to apply them in a real life.

Moreover, most of the participants agreed that the concept of active citizenship is very important and that it is all about interconnection. According to Theodora, one of the participants, “being an active citizen is having a critical mind and thinking about yourself (not in a selfish way) and, at the same time, doing something for someone else and for the society. I think we are all interconnected”.

Finally, all of the participants expressed their intention of doing voluntary work and being active citizens in the future.  By joining the seminar, they expected to hear new ideas, meet interesting people and make meaningful connections with non-governmental or non-profit organizations, all of it in order to improve their future activities regarding active citizenship. As the other participant Nikos said, “the level of our life will improve if we all are active citizens”.
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Written by Kristina Gruodytė

AENAO’s activities based on a no-formal learning methodology September 22, 2014

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The first seminary of “ACIL: active citizenship program”, organized by Anna Lindh Foundation was about “Environment  and Volunteerism” and  has been held by AENAO, a NGO expert in no-formal learning methodology. The organization, established in Thessaloniki in 2006 by a group of scientists-volunteers, aims to promote health on its wide sense, exploring the health topics and focusing about mental, psychological and cognitive processes.  (more…)

Anapiria Simera and its workshop during the ACIL September 19, 2014

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The Praxis Foundation, making actions and activities for young people since 1995 September 19, 2014

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PRAXIS FOUNDATION is a non-governmental foundation, founded in 1995 by a group of young people who wanted to do some actions and some activities for young people. The organization had hundreds of members during his history, and today, one hundred of members are running on a different actions. (more…)

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