Everybodys Song

Everybody’s Song was an international youth project in Bulgaria, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Greece and Serbia which lasted from December 2006 until August 2008. The project was conceived by Future Worlds Center leonardo scholar Reinhard Eckert under the idea that music can be a powerful tool for intercultural understanding and peace. Music allows people to communicate and share emotions even when they don’t speak the same language. It can unite people or divide them. All over the world there are songs spreading messages of peace, humanity and solidarity. But everywhere one will also find songs with nationalistic, militaristic, racist, sexist or other discriminatory contents. The project was implemented and coordinated by Future Worlds Center (CNTI). The people who participate in the projects came from more than 20 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the UK. The project was affiliated to the European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation "All Different All Equal" (2006–2007), and to the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue, 2008.

The project used a participatory approach related to both the working and the evaluation methods. The three angles of the project were: education/training, arts/creativity and technology. The training methodology was multidimensional, interactive and creative. It was based on a constructivist, learner-centred approach addressing not only cognitive but also emotional and social dimensions. Art, especially music, was the element which made this intercultural learning project specific compared to others. Technology played a significant role for the facilitation of the communication between the partners and for the documentation of the project on the DVD and website.

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