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Upcoming Youth Exchange in Germany: Musicted Europe

“Musicted Europe” project organized by the German association DBSV and VIEWS International AISBL (VI) from Belgium is planned as a project in the type of a youth exchange under Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ Programme. It will take place from August 1st till August 9th 2015 in Hannover, Germany and will gather young visually impaired and sighted persons from 7 EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy and United Kingdom. Every partner will send a group of five people consisting of two sighted, one group leader and two visually impaired, which means that there will be 35 participants in this project in total.

This exchange will give young people the possibility to make, create, write, produce and record songs together with the help of a professional producing team in mixed groups and to experience the strong ability of music to connect and to unite people with different abilities or disabilities from different countries. In the end they will also give a big concert. In addition to that cultural visits and other type of activities related to the group interests will be provided.

The main objectives will be sensitizing sighted and VIPs to each other for a better inclusion into daily life in the European society (through music), encouraging the cultural exchange by introducing national traditions and exploring active European citizenship through interactive workshops on European topics.

By taking part in this project, participants will improve their understanding, experiences and knowledge on how to live together in the European society and accepting each other, no matter if disabled or not. They can also make a benefit by showing and sharing their experiences in their home country keeping on making others aware of the power of a united Europe. As the participants will record a CD together with all of their songs, there will be a lively result that can be presented. After the project there will also be presentations and reports about the project to share the experiences with as many people as possible to continue the realization of our objectives. Presentation events addressed to young people mainly aged between 18 and 30, where the project's results will be shown and played are foreseen too, also to fascinate them for other youth projects within the Erasmus+ programme. Further information will be shared on Web blogs and in Facebook groups to keep the people who are interested in the project's main topic working together on other international European topics.