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EDITORIAL Finally spring arrived in Kalamata and its time to prepare the summer activities. K.A.NE. is already preparing the summer educational projects as well as its cultural activities. The Youth Centre of Kalamata is entering the last 2 months of this year and the volunteers’ assembly is already preparing the next year beginning in September. Above all, the most challenging organisation for this summer remains the Kalamata Street Festival which is entering the final preparations. Spring is also the season, everything started... with a big sunny smile! Already 6 years past after I created the first youth structure in Kalamata. K.A.NE. started 1st of April 2008 with the aim to “initiate” Youth Work in a country in which it’s not recognised and in a small city in which nobody knows what Youth Work is... as you can understand, the challenges and difficulties were many... now K.A.NE. is a professional youth organisation which is developing educational tools, it is involving in training activities in Greece and abroad, more than 300 youth per year and created 4 job positions in the middle of the Greek crisis. A year after I created the Youth Centre of Kalamata. Through the years, I became WE and this is 2

beautiful! An independent unique and 100% voluntary project which, 5 years later, has 3000 members, offers 54 workshops to 900 people in weekly basis, dozens of activities per year and actually works as the collective effort of active citizens. We cannot hide the fact, and we are proud of it, that the way the Youth Centre of Kalamata, works, is unique for the European standards. Nobody is paying anything, nobody is getting paid, but still it offers more to the local youth, than well funded by state Youth Centres. One and a half year later we also started the Kalamata Street Festival. The third youth structure in Kalamata. Now, 4,5 years later, is already an international youth festival which is offering to young artists, the opportunity to present their work to the public. And what a public... the 7th street festival had 7000 visitors... To whom wonders about if this number is big enough, Kalamata is a small city of 60000 citizens. We selected to stop complaining about the change and try to become the change. Will it work? It depends on all of us!!! Celebrate with us the 6 years of K.A.NE. and the 5 years of the Youth Centre in 29 th of March! Filaretos

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Staff Members Of Kane: Filaretos Vourkos Fotini Arapi

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Melina Savvidis Fiachra Mckeever Carmelo Márquez Eda Tandoğan Ahmad Ayyash Amaia Vilas Erika Funa Danae Lehmann Mehmet Ali Şirin Uğurcan Pehlivan Abdurrahman Ermiş Ece Zihni Lina Šuminaitė

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ΜΙΚΡΕΣ ΑΓΓΕΛΙΕΣ With the Youth Centre opening again its doors to the public, for the 5th year, there are still some things, where we could use your help!!! For the beginning of the workshops, and throughout the year, the Youth Centre needs:


Strange as it may sound, the Youth Center is in need of chairs! As the Youth Centre acquires more and more members, and the use of the chairs is extensive, our poor old chairs are breaking down. As it is, it is impossible to have all the chairs that the workshops need. If you have any chairs that you do not use, or you think that you can spare, you can bring them!

* MARKERS for the white board


Unfortunately, the Youth Centre at the moment has only 1 working (almost) computer to be used in the info-point. Temporarily, and only for the registrations, volunteers of the Youth Centre have brought their computers from home… however, eventually they will need them back… We need at least 1 more computer to be used in the dance workshops and 1 more for the outside activities… :(


As we are very musical this year, if you have any guitar that you do not need anymore and can give it to the Youth Centre, please do


This may be a bit of a longshot but we also need full-length mirrors for the dance room.

As all of the language workshops make use of the white board, we We know that it may be unlikely consume approximately 3 mark- that people have spare full-length mirrors lying around in their gaers per week! rages at home, but then again,


if you don’t ask, you’ll never reYou can never have enough of ceive! those! 6


5 Days on the road in small houses with wheels and endless gardens By: Amaia

After 10 days with a wonderful big family I decided to take some time off and join to “ En route ... les enfants “ 8

to travel together around the Peloponnese, at the last moment our friend Lina also decided to join us.

Our trip started on a Saturday morning, “I woke up with the left foot” as Lina had to knock on my door given that the night before I forgot to set the alarm ........, as my mother would say “happy nights difficult mornings”. To this I would add that it wasn’t a difficult morning, but one in a hurry: I had a quick shower, put on some clothes and food in the backpack while Lina and Alexandra were chanting my name to tease me. We joined the rest of the family that of course were all ready for our trip in direction Ghiainova Lagoon where we stopped around 12:30 to first of all find a nice place to eat, as our little family members needed to fill their little stomachs. This time we stopped at a wonderful beach to eat and become evil pirates in search of a great treasure in Greek waters. Our crew was French, Lithuanian and Spanish part and the boats were taken in Greece. Afterwards we had to find a nice place to set up our houses on wheels.

Once settled, some had a nap or studied and some others went for a walk to investigate the area with the beautiful lagoon. We wondered if we would be lucky enough to see flamingos. After a long walk we returned back home with our new garden, the pressure cooker started working again, we had soup and went to bed. The first night I opted for sleeping in Edgar (the big blue truck). The journey continues with the rhythm of the sun. We woke up early to have breakfast in our wonderful garden in a nice sunny day, ummmmmmmmmmmm Greece is always in eternal spring! Some had coffee, other hot chocolate or tea, rye bread, honey and butter. After getting some energy our journey begins again: we got the vehicles prepared, heated up the engines and 1, 2, 3 on road ! The Walky talky was fundamental for our communication. Edgar “the adventurer” went first to facilitate prog9

ress to then I Veko and the large old Bus. Of course besides singing the curves and the cars we took advantage of the walkie talky to tease the others hihihihihi‌ It was time to stop again on the road, as it was time for the pressure cooker to work with its splendour and exquisite silver steam announcing the arrival of the food. Our stomachs were full and ready for another walk, a nap or a little bit of work and study. After discovering new places it was time to play cards with our cocktail of languages: a lot of English, half French, a quarter Spanish, Lithuanian and a hint of Greek. The route continued to investigate wonderful places in the Peloponnese from Kiparasia with its fantastic Castle, Nafplio and its great fishing port where we woke up with a fish market with products straight from the sea. There was also the magical Palea Epidavros where we discovered an amazing beach full of hedgehogs waiting and we 10

were greeted by two fantastic dolphin friends. In this paradise surrounded by orange, lemon and mandarin trees we had the surprise visit of two other French friends. The French colony began to grow with their magic smiles and their UE UE UE (which would mean something like Yes, yes, yes). At this point the family was divided: Edgar decided to keep its members in the wonderful place and the old Bus needed to move a little bit the en-

mada. The aventure of creating, generating and sharing the excitement of living !

gine with I Veco to approach Korinthos and catch our bus back to Kalamata. Our trip came to an end and its the hard goodbye…but no, no, it is not a goodbye, as they say in Casablanca “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” Emotions, smells , colours, smiles and tears flooded our grateful hearts after these magical days sharing the road, the shelter, the garden and the heart ! Thank you my friends Bon Voyage, Viva la Vida Nó-



One Monday we got up not so early (after the big costume festival in Kalamata). And because it was a holiday our friends decided to take us on a small trip to village up in the mountains - Nedousa. With sleeping mood, rain outside we reached the village. The rain 12

was rather strong, but there were some people, who were preparing something very energetically: tables, white table cloths, square in the middle of abandoned house - a shelter from the rain. We took a small look around the village

and that time the party began. The traditional Greek dances, special bread, that you could get only this day, special bean soup and wine. Mmmm… amazing. Normaly I don’t like bean dishes so much, but for this cold morning it was more than perfect. Finally the rain stopped and the real celebration began. People were dressed in horns with sooten faces and other costumes. An escort was plowing, funeral and wedding pageants, water was gathered on the people, painted soot crosses on the foreheads and of course dances. Everything was with a lot of fun and jokes. All jokes were of course in Greek and I didn’t understand, but still I was trying to stick my head everywhere inside the mass of the people. I had a lot of fun. So this is Shrovetide Festival, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day or Tuesday and a lot of other names, but in general it is the same fest. Shrovetide is winter farewell festival. It reaches back to pre-Christian times when, to celebrate the coming of spring and the rebirth

of vegetation, fertility rites were very important. Our ancestors celebrated it before Christianity and it lasted longer - three days or all week. Under the influence of Christianity, the pagan festivals of spring coalesced with festivity of Shrovetide, and some have remained to this day in the shape of carnivals and masquerades. A similar celebration in February is celebrated all around the world. In many countries, people dress up, puts on masks and have carnivals. The most famous carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro and Venice - it’s Shrovetide descendants. Christianity Mardi Gras - it is the last day and the last opportunity to have fun and nourishing meal before seven weeks of fasting before Easter. Lithuanian Shrovetide Festival is called (Užgavėnės), and occurs on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, every year. The name of Lithuanian carnival means “the time before Lent.” Because of Christianity the ancient festival names and real meanings in the long time that passed were forgotten, but the cus-


toms survived. Now we have Catholic Mardi Gras traditions. This festival, from pagan roots, had to be noisy; in an attempt to scare off evil forces. The people portrayed both mythical people and creatures, disguised as beasts and birds. From early morning people in costumes acting in disguise as strangers and demons begin roaming. The oldest costumes - devils, witches, horse rider, goat, bear. Later practice was to impersonate local types: the Jewish peddler, the tramp and the cunning gypsies, the pretended beggar, the Hungarian 14

doctor, death personality, the wedding guests, the soldiers. Foreigners were chosen to show that they are from other places - unknown lands. Jews, gypsies brought about the influence of Christianity, and where they were not consistent with the teachings of the Church, those other religious people were called Jews and gentiles. People do not do any hard work on Shrove Tuesday. It is especially liked by children, young people and newlyweds. They go on swings, ride horses in the fields, make races, visit friends, enjoy sleigh rides down the slopes while others try to pour water on them. Of high value ​​during Mardi Gras was the sprinkling of water, it

means to cause air warming. It was also the custom of rain water on the bees. The custom to jump out of the sleigh and bathe in the snow, proceeded from the belief that man and earth are closely interdependent. It was believed that after that flax, grain and other crops and animals would grow well. So that the flax fiber would be longer, both young and old would swing on swings: the higher swing, the better the flax and corn grow. Other sorcery also is very common.

ally dressed as a small fellow, and the bride - the larger man. They usually visit homes, play pranks, act, sing folk songs, try to snatch something and then demand payment, throw water or catch someone and bathe in snow, making a lot of noise and jokes to each other. After the pranks, the ones in costumes ask for pancakes or money. On Shrove Tuesday, a lot of people eat oily foods and often overeat, so a doctor is necessary! The Hungarian pharmacists are searching for patients, giv-

An important part was for pagan plays of dancing. Often women dressed in men’s clothing, men in womens’. On Shrove Tuesday, they put on funeral pageants and wedding pageants. The groom usu-


ing medicine and speaking in a funny ​​incorrect language. The gypsies were telling funny future predictions.


reminiscent of Shrove Tuesday with it’s traditions. It was celebrating almost in the same way: the youth were visiting neighbours in costumes of Relatives wait for guests and new and old years with escort: brown pancakes. On Mardi bear, oak, evil and others. Gras day it is normal to eat much oily and nourishing food It is very important to make before fasting. The main dish- an original mask, more scary es - medley, pancakes, meats or funny than others’. They and stewed cabbage. In an- were made of wood, fair pacient times, the main dish was a per and tree bark. Mardi Gras medley of Mardi Gras. Its main masks, whatever they may ingredients were mostly grains, be terrible, all smiles. Typical peas, barley, flour, beans, ba- masks attributes - big noses, con and a boiled cereal with shattered teeth, unkempt hair, meat. Pancakes’ shape and asymmetrical eyes, mustache, form could symbolize sun. Dur- beard. The mask could also be ing the day people would eat just painted on the face, used nine or even twelve times. It is to cover it, cheeks with soot, believed that on this day you carbon or even beet ink. have to eat a lot, because it is the last day before the fast of Another essential attribute of Lent and these numbers were Shrovetide is Morė. Morė is a supposed to insure that in the tall doll, dressed in women’s spring and summer you would clothes, made of straw. It is not be lacking strength for the a female effigy, a fertility dehard work in the fields. It was ity, who is paraded through believed that if you cram full, streets and burned in the Shrove Tuesday will keep you evening yelling “winter, winsatiated all year. ter get out of the yard”, as a way to say farewell to winter Ethnologists say that a long and to celebrate springtime, time ago - the New year was getting rid of the accumulat-

ed evil of winter frosts. It is believed that fasting begins vegetation. In addition to the character MorÄ—, two other symbolic figures - LaĹĄininis (Bacon) and Kanapinis (Hempt) - make symbolic fight. Kanapinis the embodiment of spring - a slender and spindly character, with diligence, abdomen girded with rope, who represents renewal, always wins, while the fat one - the embodiment of winter - always thick, creamy, symbolising laziness is chased away.

could explain the real and full meaning of these prehistoric traditions, except the main goal: to kick out the winter and invite and welcome the spring, but it is clear that they are very old and the meaning of course is very important. It is amazing how in such a big area and in such a big distance we have practically the same customs and traditions. Even the time is going and everything is changing very drastically, it is important not to forget everything. I think that important things we will not.

A lot of these traditions I saw in Nenousa, that’s why I decided to write about it. No one 17

Interview with Amaia (EVS in the Youth Center of Kalamata) By: Eda We know that Amaia is a positive person around of us. And want to know you little bit more closer your ideas projects hobbies.. Everyone knows that Amaia always has new projects in her mind what is your next project? Can you mention little bit?

was in behind of the pillow. It wake up again with this idea that was long time ago in my head. For this project I need time to work on it and focus, a story for children that combines visual arts and music, but I need long time for work on it and collaboration of some friends. Is this your dream project?

Actually now I returned again with one personal project that Yes, is one because I always 18

have a lot of ideas and some- do it in the future? times is hard to make it real’s all of them and at the same I don´t know……., I will try!!!! time to focus because I am a scattered person (laughing). What about photography? Tell us other dream proj- Is one of my passions since ect? I’m little. I studied photography and direction of photograLike in a long future. I want to phy in cinema; I love to create do in my country side of Gali- atmospheres with light, but cia. To restore one little old with the camera I´m in a provillage to give it new life and cess of reconciliation. to create a space to combine agriculture and preserve our Which kind of photogratraditions and in turn creating phies you are interesting a space where combining mu- and why? sic, literature, dance, theater ....... any artistic dependence Art photography and photowhere locals and foreign peo- journalism. ple to interchange knowledge. I summarizes that i will like to You also like movies, what make life in our country side is your best movie that you in a cooperative way of liv- watched in your life? ing and interchange with the people around. And acctualy For me is so difficult to choose is not only my dream of proj- one movie, is impossible. I ect is a dream that we have can talk about some Cinema some friends and in this way Directors that I really like, for of thinking I’m finding a lot of example: Wes Anderson, Wim people with the same idea and Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Akira is so Fantastic!! Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, and I can continue for ours. Do you think that you can 19

About Pontian Greek who lived in Turkey By: Ece In this article, I will write about Pontian Greek Culture and History. Who is Pontian Greek? The Pontic Greeks  also known as  Pontian Greeks  (Greek:  Πόντιοι, Ελληνοπόντιοι, Turkish:  Pontus Rumları, Karadeniz Rumlari) are an ethnically Greek group who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the shores of Turkey’s  Black Sea  and in the Pontic Alps, in northeastern Anatolia and the former Armenian province of Kars in 20

Caucasus, and also in Georgia. We will interest about just Black Sea Region in this article. Let’s start from history: The first recorded Greek colony, established on the northern shores of ancient Anatolia, was Sinop, circa 800 BC. The settlers of Sinop were merchants from the Ionian Greek city state of Miletus. After the colonization of the shores of the Black Sea, known until then to the Greek world as Pontos

Axeinos (Inhospitable Sea), the name changed to Pontos Euxeinos  (Hospitable Sea). In time, as the numbers of Greeks settling in the region grew significantly, more colonies were established along the whole Black Sea coastline of what is now  Turkey,  Bulgaria,  Georgia,  Russia, Ukraine, and  Romania. They consist of  Greek  descendants and speak the  Pontic Greek dialect, a distinct form of the standard  Greek language  which, due to the remoteness of Pontus, has had a process of  linguistic evolution  different from that of the rest of the Greek world. The Pontic Greeks, together with the Armenians have had a continuous presence in the region of Pontus (modernday northeastern Turkey), Georgia, and northeastern Anatolia from at least 700 BC until 1922. What about Trabzon? The region of Trapezus, later called Trebizond, now Trabzon, was mentioned by  Xenophon  in his famous work  Anaba-

sis, describing how he and other 10,000 Greek mercenaries  fought their way to the Euxine Sea after the failure of the rebellion of  Cyrus the Younger  whom they fought for, against his older brother Artaxerxes II of Persia. Xenophon mentions that when at the sight of sea they shouted “Thalatta! Thalatta!” – “The sea! The sea!”, the local people understood them. They were Greeks too and, according to Xenophon, they had been there for over 300 years. A whole range of trade flourished among the various Greek colonies, but also with the indigenous tribes who inhabited the Pontus inland. Soon Trebizond established a leading stature among the other colonies and the region nearby become the heart of the Pontian Greek culture and civilization. A notable inhabitant of the region was  Philetaerus (c. 343 BC–263 BC) who was born to a Greek father[9]  in the small town of Tieion which was situated on the Black Sea coast of 21

the Pontus Euxinus, he founded the Attalid dynasty and the Anatolian city of Pergamon in the second century BC.[9] Culture? Language? Music? Dance? Enstrumants? The culture of Pontus has been strongly influenced by the topography of its different regions. In commercial cities like  Trebizond,  Samsunda, Kerasounda and Sinopi upper level education and arts flourished under the protection of a cosmopolitan middle class. Pontic’s linguistic lineage stems from  Ionic Greek  via  Koine  and  Byzantine Greek  with many archaisms and contains  loanwords  from Turkish and to a lesser extent, Persian and various Caucasian languages. Pontian music retains elements of the musical traditions of  Ancient Greece,  Byzantium, and the Caucasus (especially from the region of Kars). Possibly there is an underlying influence from the native peoples who lived in the area before the Greeks  as well, but this 22

is not clearly established. Musical styles, like language patterns and other cultural traits, were influenced by the topography of Pontos. The mountains and rivers of the area impeded communication between Pontian Greek communities and caused them to develop in different ways. Also significant in the shaping of Pontian music was the proximity of various nonGreek peoples on the fringes of the Pontic area. For this reason we see that musical style of the east Pontos has significant differences from the that of the west or southwest Pontos. The Pontian music of Kars, for example, shows a clear influence from the music of the Caucasus and elements from other parts of  Anatolia. The music and dances of Turks from Black Sea region are very similar to Greek Pontic and some songs and melodies are common. Except for certain laments and ballads, this music is played primarily to be danced to. The most

popular instrument in the Pontian musical collection is the kemenche or lyra, which is related closely with other bowed musical instruments of the medieval West, like the  Kit violin  and  Rebec. Also important are other instruments such as the  Angion  orTulum  (a type of  Bagpipe), the  davul, a type of drum, the  Shiliavrin, and the Kaval or Ghaval (a flute-like pipe). Pon-

tian dance retains aspects of  Persian  and  Greek  dance styles. The dances called Horoi (Greek:  Χοροί), singular Horos (Greek: Χορός), meaning literally “Dance” in both Ancient Pontian and Modern Greek languages, are circular in nature and each is characterized by distinct short steps. A unique aspect of Pontian dance is the tremoulo (Greek:  Τρέμουλο), which is a fast shaking of the upper torso by a turning of the back on its axis. Like other Greek dances, they are danced in a line and the dancers form a circle. Pontian dances also resemble Persian and Middle Eastern dances


because they are not led by a single dancer. The most renowned Pontian dances are Tik (dance),  Serra,  Maheria  or  Pyrecheios,  Kotsari and Omal. P.S: The date and circumstances of the first Greek settlements on the Black Sea are matters of considerable disagreement. This is the result both of the scattered nature of the literary evidence on the subject, and of the dearth of archaeological evidence for Pontic settlements other than those on the western and northern shores. A century ago it was commonly thought that although the great majority of colonies were sent out in the seventh and sixth centuries, Trapezus and Sinope, as our sources say or imply, were founded in the middle of the eighth. For a variety of reasons, among them an increased reliance on archaeologically secured dates, this view went out of favour, and opinion inclined toward the view that the Greeks did 24

not enter the Black Sea at all until after 700. Now I dare say that my family was also Pontian in past. My mother’s and Faher’s families still are living in Trabzon in Black Sea. I realized that they still continue in this culture, after I came to Greece. Sometimes I hear some words in here like; kuzina, lyra, moli etc. And after I’m feeling in my village, because these words are not Turkish, but in my village we are using as local people. When I start to learn Traditional Greek Dance I realized that our instruments are the same. And Our dances are also the same. These things are the biggest surprize in my life. My suggest: You also must search your family’s history. ;) Good Luck!

Inteview with Dimitris

Besides being at the youth center you also spend a lot of time in your bike shop and also on your bike. Since By: Danae when do you have this pasYou are a volunteer at the sion for cycling and bikes Kentro Neon. How and in general and what do you when did you discover it like most about it? and what was your motivation to become a volunteer My passion about bikes and cythere? cling started when I lived in EngWhen I came to Kalamata 3 years ago, I heard from a friend that the Kentro Neon offers sign language and we decided to check it out. Coming there, I met some of the volunteers and loved the idea of what they are doing there, so I said to them “Here I am! Use Me!” :D

land and cycling was my way of commuting. After coming back to Athens I kept on cycling - still for commuting. When I came to Kalamata, I had the opportunity for my hobby to become my job. Most about cycling I like, that I can just get on my bike to drive as long as I want to clear my mind, to get rid of the stress… And the most important thing 25

is not the destination, but the and get wasted. journey. One stereotype about So you have lived in Athens Greek people, which apbefore coming to Kalama- plies to the majority? ta. Which city do you prefer and why? They are posers unfortunately. (They care too much about I definitely prefer Kalamata be- what people think of them incause everything is much more stead of just enjoying themeasy, relaxed and people are selves and having fun.) still smiling. Not to forget: Τhe beach!!! What’s your favorite thing about yourself? What did you study in Athens? That now I feel more alive and active than I was when I was I studied business adminis- twenty. tration in postgraduate level (MBA). What makes you very angry/sad? You have also lived in the UK for some time? What When people don’t appreciate exactly did you do there? … I studied mechanical engineer- What was the craziest thing ing there and also took my you have done until now? Masters degree in automotive engineering. I can think of a list, but leaving Athens and the “perfect, norTell me one stereotype mal” life I had there to come to about the British which you Kalamata all by myself to start found to be true. over from scratch is probably the one that changed my life. Going to the pub after work 26

Your favorite band at the to participate in as many activimoment? Why? ties as possible. Opeth (progressive heavy metal band from Sweden). It combines many different characteristics of music with clean and death vocals. Each musician of the band is very special. “Sorry Iron Maiden…”

How do you see yourself as a 60 year old? Most important is to have all the time in the world to do everything I still want to do. Dog or cat?

Is there some country/ place that you would really Dog! like to see? Pizza or cake? Japan! It’s something really different from that we know (cul- Pizza with a lot of mushrooms! ture, habits etc.). Mountains or sea? (I know Your favorite place in in Kalamata you have both, Greece itself? but if you had to decide) Antiparos. The best vibes in Sea! Greece! Something you have alBest bar of Kalamata? ways wanted to say? Prosechos (no smoking inside Don’t worry about a thing cause ;)) + all the bars that play good every little thing is gonna be almusic. right! This is also my life philosophy. What kind of child were you in elementary school? Eυχαριστώ πολύ! The one that wanted to try and 27

My Social Experiment By: Erika In this piece I would like to share with you a story that somehow wrote itself and to my surprise, chose me as its protagonist. It is quite amusing to think about how I was thrown in the main role completely by accident and totally unprepared. Instead of understanding my place in the script, I sort of just stumbled in it, curiously observing as things started unfolding with me in the middle of it all. It so happened that I was asked to participate in a promotional photo shoot for the carnival. It was all spontaneous and without prior notice, so I only had about an hour to get ready and manage my other activities of that day. Of course, things rarely go exactly as you would expect or want them to, and it takes a lot of skillful planning to efficiently determine and predict the exact course of action an even will take. Needless to 28

say, this talent is something I still need to work on. Nevertheless, I got where I needed to be more or less on time, put on the zombie costume I was given, and

was then waiting for my turn to have the make-up done. As there were around six of us, it took quite a bit longer than expected, which would not be a problem, had I not a workshop I needed to do at the Youth Center. Anyway, my turn came and I was very excited imagining the final result and wondering how it was going to be done. I could feel something like a cotton pad being slowly glued to the

left side of my face with a funny cold yellow substance that was spreading almost all over my cheek. Then the next stage was to blow dry it in order to make it stick better and not fall off later. When I finished, I came back to have the rest of the make-up done, but then I checked the time and panicked. I should have already been in the Youth Center, my workshop was starting in 10 minutes! And the photo shoot had not even started‌Forget the photo shoot, there was still strange yellow glue on my face! But I had no choice, it was too late to cancel the workshop at that stage, so I had to leave everything as it was and head straight to my Slovene class. I just put a jacket over the long zombie dress and started walking as fast as I could. The only thing about the costume that was kind of getting on my nerves while walking were the long strips of fabric hanging from the skirt part of my dress that were fluttering around my legs. I tried to

keep them folded up under the jacket, but they kept untangling and coming out from all sides, so I let them be as I was too much in a hurry to deal with that. And for some reason, the walk seemed longer than usual! I soon realized people were looking at me as I passed them by, and at first I was quite amused, knowing I was walking around with a zombie make half done! Yet they all looked so serious, and nobody smiled or laughed. Everybody just stared. Some people even stopped the conversations they were having with the person next to them, and after some moments of silence started giving them looks to make sure they also looked my way. Then the (so they probably thought) discreet whispering followed. I was not supposed to notice it so they waited one or two seconds until I walked by and they thought I could not hear it. Some others were not so “discreet.� Children especially, proverbially the most honest 29

of all people, were not embarrassed at all to point and stare very obviously: “Look, look!” It was in a way fascinating, observing all these reactions. But after a while, it began to feel annoying as I was already predicting and awaiting them even before they happened. And I was right almost every single time. It was irritating because I was well aware I had some wrinkly yellowish stuff on the side of my face without every person staring at it with the expression of pity. Since it was late afternoon, the streets were busy, and so I also ran into one or two people that I knew. I could already see them looking at me strangely from afar and as soon as they came closer, they asked me: “What happened to you? What is this? Are you ok?” And I was actually kind of relieved that I could finally explain to somebody that the thing on my face was just glue! Would have been perfect if the passers-by could also hear the story, I caught 30

myself thinking. Of course, I could not just walk to every random person on my way, smile and explain the whole situation, so I was acting like everything was normal and ignored the looks. All this time I was not looking down or trying to hide my face, because I had by then decided it was going to be a kind of a social experiment. This idea occurred to me as I was observing my feelings and how it felt to have all eyes on me, knowing that it was not out of admiration, but quite the contrary: out of pity. It was a strange sensation. I could recognize the feelings of embarrassment, anger and isolation, and it surprised me. All this just for looking different. The worst thing about stigma is that none of those people turning and whispering even know you, they do not know your story. And yet they stare. And you have to deal with it the best way you can. ............................................ ............................................ ............................................

After half an hour I was back you would otherwise never in the Youth Center. Soon af- have the opportunity to exter I washed off my make-up perience. and everything went back to normal. But the thoughts lingered: for me this experience was a social experiment that lasted just a few minutes, unfortunately, not everyone can say the same. P.S. I recommend my social experiment to everyone. Despite it being only a remote simulation, it is worth it since will open your eyes to things 31

MY CULT FIGURE By: UÄ&#x;urcan

Hello guys. I’m play bass guitar. I want to share my idool with you. His name is Marcus Miller. For me he is the best bas player (you have to see his slap tecnich) in the world. I hope one day I will be like him and also meet with him. If you like Jazz music, you can search from Google then you can find very easy. Lets read about his life..


MARCUS MILLER Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller (a church organist and choir director) and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and already writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly in New York City, eventually playing

bass and writing music for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a first call session musician, appearing on over 500 albums by such artists as Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington, Jr., Donald Fagen, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J and Flavio Sala. Miller spent approximately 15 years performing as a sideman or session musician, observing how band leaders operated. During that time he also did a lot of arranging and producing. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live band 19781979. He wrote the intro to Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Wanna Make It Up To You’. He has played bass on over 500 recordings including those of Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr., Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, McCoy Tyner, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol. He won the “Most Valu-

able Player” award, (awarded by NARAS to recognize studio musicians) three years in a row and was subsequently awarded “player emeritus” status and retired from eligibility. In the nineties, Miller began to make his own records, putting a band together to take advantage of touring opportunities. Miller’s proficiency on his main instrument, the bass guitar, is well-regarded. Not only has Miller been involved in the continuing development of the technique known as “slapping”, particularly his “thumb” technique, but his fretless bass technique has also served as an inspiration to many, and he has taken the fretless bass into musical contexts and genres previously unexplored. The influences of some of the previous generation of electric bass players, such as Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, and Jaco Pastorius, are audible in Miller’s playing. Early in his career, Miller was accused of being simply imitative of Pas33

torius, but has since more fully integrated the latter’s methodology into his own sound. Between 1988 and 1990 he appeared in the first season and again toward the end as both the musical director and also as the house band bass player in the Sunday Night Band during the two seasons of the acclaimed music performance program Sunday Night on NBC latenight television. As a composer, Miller wrote all but two of the songs on Tutu for Miles Davis, including its title track – a piece that defined Davis’s career in the late 1980s. He also composed “Chicago Song” for David Sanborn and co-wrote “’Til My Baby Comes Home”, “It’s Over Now”, “For You to Love”, and “Power of Love” for Luther Vandross. Miller also wrote “Da Butt”, which was featured in Spike Lee’s School Daze. Miller currently has his own band. In 1997 he played bass guitar and bass clarinet in a band called Legends, featuring Eric Clapton (guitars and vocals), 34

Joe Sample (piano), David Sanborn (alto sax) and Steve Gadd (drums). It was an 11date tour of major jazz festivals in Europe. On Sunday, 25 November 2012, Miller’s tour bus crashed in Switzerland, en route to Monte Carlo. The driver was killed, but Miller, ten members of his band, and another driver sustained no life-threatening injuries. In addition to his recording and performance career, Miller has established a parallel career as a film score composer, having written numerous scores for films.


By: Mehmet Ali Everything started really good. People was efforting to look like someone. This is my idea but most of them was successful about it. Party was starting some of them was dancing, some of them chatting, taking pictures. There were not a lot of people but happiness were there. That is the most important thing what everyone wants. Happiness, dance, conversations and smiles.. we are happy about it, The Kentro Neon Family is happy. Best regards and thank you for reading. 35

The sad present and future of Europe: between ‘part time jobs’ and slavery salary By: Carmelo


The subject of my article, this time, will not be anything new. The numbers of young people who want to work but cannot have reached extreme heights in my country Spain (55%), and the frightening 58% in Greece, where I am currently based. Greece and Spain. Spain and Greece. Parallel rivers in which the anorexic employment of Europe reflects. The great majority of ‘EVS’ people is also drifting in these rivers. But let us try to see the other side of the coin. In the case of the Hellenic country, for example, this means the other 42% of young people (under 25 years), those that work. I am not trying to lie or to fool myself. I am not an optimist. But this other side of the coin is nothing to smile about. It is as sad as the side of unemployment. Let us imagine a recent graduate who is looking for their first job in something related to their studies. Surely, if this is a brave young graduate in economics or computer en-

gineering, they will not have problems to enter the working world (or will at least have less problems than the rest). But if they studied psychology, law or journalism... They better have their mommy and daddy close to help them. Let us not even start with philosophy! Studying philosophy today, despite it being perhaps the most beautiful career, is committing suicide in the world of job seeking. The first day our young graduate starts looking for a job is quite frustrating. The likelihood of finding a job that has anything to do with his or her training is like winning the lottery. Finding one that is also near their home, family and friends is totally impossible. Forget the lottery. Impossible. Oh, poor naive idealist! Like all of us, he or she well knows it is incredibly hard to find something in this time of crisis, yet still thinks there will be something. But soon, that inevitable “NO” is discovered. And our graduate thinks: “Well, today 37

I haven’t had luck. Let’s try again tomorrow.” And then tomorrow arrives and everything is still the same as yesterday. And every following day the story repeats. So, after two weeks or one month our adventurer decides to give up the idea of finding a full-time job with a salary of at least 800 Euros per month, and thus begins the process of degradation and humiliation. Let me give you an example. It is like when you go out one night to a bar or a disco. You start drinking and you look at that girl that looks almost like a model. It is 2 in the morning. At half past 3 you look at that friend standing next to her that is not so ugly. And at 5, you practically f*** the first one that asks you for a cigarette. With the employment it is the same. One gets so desperate looking for a job that would enable them to finally leave home and pay enough to, at least, afford a room in a flat shared with six people, that in the end a 38

dirty bunker without windows does not even seem that bad anymore. To return back to the story, our young friend realizes that having graduated from university was a mistake. Big mistake. Yes, this moment is hard: “Welcome to the real world.” The university years are over. Months pass without doing anything more than preparing food for the whole family because our recent university graduate’s mother has to clean stairs or help disabled old people, while their father has to work double to receive a quarter of a normal salary. Months and weeks go by with our friend doing nothing else than writing a f****** blog, posting pictures on Instagram, waking up at 12, and going to bed at 3 in the morning after watching his favourite series. A sad life. Our friend is totally desperate. The process of humiliation and annihilation of pride has reached its highest point. This is when anti-hero of this

story accepts a job selling insurance or encyclopaedias for door to door. Hopefully, if he or she does well, they will earn 600 Euros. That of course, on condition that they work twelve hours per day, as the salary is not fixed and depends on commissions. To top it all, the young graduate should actually be grateful for this sh**. A sh**** work that requires a native level of English and a good command of a second foreign language. After all, they will have a 3 month contract with the possibility to be extended for another 3 months. Then, they will be fired and begin again the search for a job that is badly paid, boring and monotonous. A job that the young friend with a university degree does badly simply because it is not his or her thing. Perhaps, they could be useful to their society and their country. The country that has spent so much money on their education, only so young graduates end up licking the a**

of some 50-year-old without education, without knowledge of any languages, and without a brain, who makes four times more money than he or she. And so our young graduate returns home thinking what he is doing with his life, with his present. And they do not think about the future, because the future for them does not exist.



Youth Exchanges provide opportunities to youth people for be together  intercultural learning. Groups have opportunities to have plan about youth exchanges, mutual interests. Youth groups can be part of this project international and domestic. If you want to be part of this action, you don’t have to have perfect second language.  I had been part of 6 different youth exchange projects and my English was really bad. I 40

improved my language here in Greece. But this mean is not that “if you don’t know language what are you doing there” this is the format of program, the program is giving you change for improve, you can be part of anyway. I am sure that people who don’t know good language but when they back their country they are bringing a lot

of things, i am thinking that for me also it will be same. I learned a lot of countries cultures, had information about their countries, you can also learn a lot of things in this projects. I find myself with this projects, i improved myself,  had good friends.  And the most important part after EVS , i will continue to be part of youth exchange projects and I will try to catch hard,  I will write projects.  Of course I have to have good English for this, I will do my best for my dream.  I don’t want to mention about details because sometimes it is better that when you leave. This is youth exchange I really advise it to all of my friends,  when you finish your project you will see the difference.  If you have negative thoughts in your mind, forget them. Enjoy the EVS.


ABOUT ISLAM By: Ahmad My name s ahmad and I am ing innocent people and degonna tell you about a little stroying building they are pit of true islam not muslims at all, they are silly people that controlled Really I don’t know from by very bad people to make where should I start, but one their own goles and to share of the reason make me write bad picture about islam. on this topic is to change the Islam says you can defined in wrong picture in the people your self if somebody attack mind about islam, and I know you but you have to fight just that Greek country is the the person who attack you country of democracy and not innocent people or to kill wisdom country that accept a women or a child. all the opinion and respect it, And about the women right and that help me so much to that everybody want to diswrite this article. cus about islam he start with First of all you have to know this case, women in true isthat islam is religen of peace lam want to protect here like all the religion in the and save here because she world, and religion his (hello) have a great value, I want to is (al sallam alykom) which start about out prophet momean (peace with you) and hammad says, he says that to be more accurate is mean “heaven under the feet of I will not do anything harm mothers” which mean if you for you. want to go heaven you have Everybody saw the killing and to love your mother and redestroying in name of islame, spect her and do what ever but this is totally wrong, this she want and make here kind of (stupid) people kill- happy all the days and all the 42

times because mother something very beautiful, she have you in her body for 9 months and feed you and teach you and protect you and be wake when you are sick and play with you, mother something very nice, for me if can I will kiss my mother hand and her foot everyday, and another says of my profit he says “be nice with girls because they are like a glass easy to break and don’t heart their feelings and be gentlemen with them”, and I want to explain why women put the thing to cover the hair and the body, as I spoke before islam try to protect the women and this thing protect them because women body is so precious no body can see this beauty except her huspend, before islam in middle they was killing woman and use them just for sex, they insult and humiliate the women and islame comes to delete all this bad things and make the women more respectful, these days there is a lot of stupid people in my country understand

the wrong way of islam they deal with the women like she is nothing, but I hope they will change how I don’t know maybe with a good education the will be better I hope really I hope. Finally maybe you will see a lot of muslims people that makes a lot of bad things and they are a lot in Europe do not forget that we are humans and humans make mistakes and please do not relat this peoples on islam. I hope that I can explain a little bit of true islam and change a little pit of the picture you have and make it a little pit better. *if you want to know more about islam there is a good person who will show you the real islam (he is American person) his name is (yusuf estes) _the lecture in English_ And this is a link in youtube for him query=yusuf%20estes%20 &sm=3z 43

German Recipe:


Ingredients Original recipe makes 4 servings

I chose Käsespätzle because it is my favourite german food, it’s out of region and it’s so easy to make! And of course: Really tasty!! Enjoy!

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500g flour 1 Spoon Oil

250 ml Water 4 TS Salt

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6 Eggs 3 Onions

300g Emmentaler cheese, shredded


For the dough mix the eggs, the flour, oil and plenty of salt (around 4 teaspoons) with the dough hook. Depending on the size of the eggs, admit water that the dough results in a more viscous dough. In the meantime, boil salted water. Then place the dough spoon by spoon into the sp채tzlepresse (you may also use a potato ricer or a colander) and press it into the boiling water. When the noodles have floated to the top of the water, remove it to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add a bit of cheese to each portion of the finished noodles, so that there is always a uniform mixing. Press the next portion of noodles in the water...etc. Ensure that the cooking water contains enough salt because the noodles take all lot of it out of the water. Every now and again scrape the bottom of the pot with the spoon, it might noodles stick on the ground. Peel the onions and cut into

rings, then fry dark brown! Finally spread them on the cheese sp채tzle! You can serve it with a salad. Guten Appetit!






EVS: Hello! I’m Ece from Turkey. I’m 22 years old. I studied Economics at the Istanbul University. I’m happy as a volunteer in here. I believe I will do great things for K.A.NE. My Project is for 9 months. It will be finished in October. After the volunteering, I hope I will stay with K.A.NE. Although this is the first week for me, I’m feeling like I was already here in the past. So now that’s all.


Filaretos Vourkos / Last 7 years I am working in the field of non formal educa- tion as a volunteer, youth worker and youth trainer. 4 years ago, I decided to create the Youth Centre of Kalamata, in order to initiate the youth work in Kalamata and promote active citizenship as factor of change.

Danae Lehmann/ 20 / I’m Uğurcan Germany Pehlivan. I’m I like being from Turkey. around people, I’m working in photography, ecological farm. greek lifestyle, I’m playing bas good food, guitar. I will be swimming in in Greece until the sea. 31 of July. My I’m volunteername become to ing at the my country and youth center the meaning is from October Ugur - fortune 2013 to August and Can - soul. 2014.

Hi my name is Fotini Arapi and I am project manager at K.A.NE. organisation. I started working here in September 2011 and fell in love with the Youth Centre, its dynamic and most of all its incredible team of foreign and local volunteers! See you around :-D

Hello, my name is Fiachra (the English translations are: hunter/tracker or Erika Funa From Slovenia raven), I’m 26 (half Greek), 26 and I come from years old, uni- Ireland. Here at versity gradu- the youth centre I teach music, ate (English, English, make Philosophy) good frappes in Likes: bethe café and bad ing outdoors, languages, art, jokes in Greek. Χαίρετε! nature, yoga.

Γεια σε όλους! My name is Carmelo Márquez. I am from Cadiz, a city of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. I’m 25 years old and I have finished my career in journalism. So, like good Spanish, I love flamenco, football (my team is F. C. Barcelona), sea and his waves, philosophy, literature, music... My work here in Kalamata, besides teaching Spanish and Flamenco in KANE center is to help as possible to workers KEFIAP (center children with disabilities) and equestrian therapy until June 2014.. Τα λέμε.

I’m Mehmet Ali Şirin. I’m from Turkey. I’m working in ecological farm. I’m playing elektro guitar. I wil be in Greece until 31 of June.

Hi everybody! My name is Melina/18 years old/ half german/ half greek and I’m working in the Therapeutic Horseriding and in the K.E.F.I.A.P. I love chocolate and to dance, so I teach Salsa for children and Latin and of course German! And all of that I’m really enjoying!

Abdurrahman Ermiş I am Abdurrahman. I am from Turkey. I am working in ecological farm. I am playing drum. I will be in Greece until 31 of July.

Hi, My name is Ahmad Ayyash and I am from Jordan iam 23 years old I love to play chess and football. I am fan of Real Madrid club and I am a construction engineer. My project is about autistic children.

My name is Eda Tandoğan. I am from Turkey. I am 21 years old, still a university student. My project is about disabled people in kekykamea.

My name is Amaia and comes from Basque roots, since my mother is from San Sebastian, the meaning of my name is “the end” but in turn is an warrior woman of Basque mythology. But I born in a beautiful land north of Spain, Galicia, Atlantic ocean.

Lina /28/ Lithuania/ volunteer in K.A.NE. Youth Centre from August 2013 to June 2014. Teaching lithuanian and art. Hobies: design, history and museums.


The volunteers responsible for this publication are hosted in Greece in the framework of the European Youth in Action programme, Action 2- European Voluntary Service.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, anvd the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.