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Almost 500 participants came to take part in the festival and they introduced their national culture and showed their dances, songs and folk music. There were also four delegations from abroad – Uzbek people, Lithuanians and Byelorussian and Finnish culture groups. The festival included discussions on the problems of the development possibilities for national minorities in the European Union. Ida-Viru County, a border Estonian region, is known for its ethnic diversity. This is partly due to the large-scale oil shale-based industry here as people from

all over the former Soviet Union came to work in its mines and factories. For almost 10 years folk culture societies of different nationalities have been active, teaching their native language and culture. For three days people could visit the handicraft fair and workshops. The participants of the festival were especially interested in national food: Chuvash confectionery products and health drink, Uzbek plov (rice pilaf), Hungarian handmade candy, Ukrainian pies, etc. The costume chess game also attracted a lot of attention – the game was shown on the Central Square of the town and the counterparts were the culture societies of national minorities and the delegation from the European Commission. The battle that began with the king’s gambit ended in the 21st move with a friendly draw which in a way symbolised that even in the European national minorities will have their place in a nation-state. This festival was organised by the Jõhvi City Government and supported by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Further information: Ms Lea Küngas City of Jõhvi Tel. +372 3363749 e-mail: lea.kungas@Jõ

European Meetings – New EU, regulations. There was also displayed a New challenges media presentation in order to make the th


Between May 26 and 30 , 2004, within the framework of the towntwinning program, the delegations from Berlin, Neubrandenburg, Neumünster, Roermond, Gladsaxe, Bourges, Seinäjoki and Kristianstad took part in the “European Meetings” in Koszalin. Common meetings, discussions, sightseeing, visiting displays and cultural institutions were planned to indicate cultural diversity of Europe. The “European Meetings” can be treated as an undeniable success. One of the most significant consequences of the event was a partnership agreement between the city of Koszalin and the city of Kristianstad (Sweden). The spirit of cooperation that prevailed during numerous conferences held by that time enabled all the parties to conduct

guests familiar with Koszalin itself, its locality and numerous advantages of the Koszalin region. Issues such as culture, education, sport and the development of tourism were also discussed at the conference. One of the focal points of the event was to integrate youth from the twinning towns since actions targeted at young people have the greatest chances to bring long-lasting effects. Young Europeans who visited Koszalin had the opportunity to get to know with Polish teenagers. In a historic “Executioner’s House”, a play was performed by a youth theatrical group from Denmark. There was also a meeting organized in the “Club of the European in Koszalin. Young people gave a presentation on the European Union and expressed their attitude towards the accession of new countries. Pupils from Koszalin Music College gave

The participants of the “European Meetings” at an inaugural meeting on 26th May 2004 in Koszalin

constructive talks which will certainly result in better cooperation at all levels of the functioning of European communities. Meetings of such kind are platform to create new quality of cooperation between local communities which constitute the basis of the European Union. A conference that took place in the Technical University was devoted to the idea of promotion and supporting young generation of Europeans. In the Municipal Culture Center, the representatives of twin-cities met at a conference on the exchange of experiences in provision of aid to disabled people in the light of the European Union

a concert of classic music in the Philharmonic of Koszalin and dance groups from twin towns presented their dancing skills during International Modern Dance Tournament. Further information: Ms Joanna Socha City of Koszalin Tel. +48 94 348 87 97 e-mail:

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Profile for Union of the Baltic Cities

The UBC Bulletin 2/2004  

Education through sport

The UBC Bulletin 2/2004  

Education through sport