If there is something really good about being a student at UM it is certainly the opportunity to start a project in a field you really feel passionate about.
Film festivals, online platforms, meetings and debates have been organised in the past year by students and with very good results.
An interesting initiative for the new year is Wonderous Stories: from Xenophobia to Amazement which, although not strictly born in the university environment as a course project, sees the cooperation of Media Culture master’s student Elena Tudorache who is part of the organisation team.
The project received funding from the Youth in Action program and will involve participants from Slovakia, Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, Denmark, Romania,Ireland, France and the Netherlands all taking part in training,workshops and group work sessions aiming at exploring the processes behind Xenophobia.
“We chose to work with Xenophobia because we believe that every one of us experiences it, in one way or another. We define Xenophobia as the general fear of everything strange unusual or rare. When we face something new, there is a moment of choice, to be amazed or fearful” is one of the passages from the booklet presenting the project and explaining the intentions of the organizers.
The main event consists of a 15 days program during which participants from the different European countries involved will very much learn by doing in the field of media and performance and the final outcome of the project will be an international video production documenting the achievements of the sessions.
Elena also explained that agreements are being taken at the moment for the events to be covered live on television and followed via online blogs.
For those of you thinking of starting a project as part of your course or as a possibility for your future career, have a look at Wonderous Stories and get inspired.
There is so much unexplored potential out there and a great need of more amazing stories to be created.
Info and contact
The main part of the project will take place in Ommen, the Netherlands, from the 10th until the 24th of February 2012. For the Info Letter and furhter information send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
I come from sunny Italy, from the area of Milan, city of football, fashion and bad politicians. Maastricht will be my home for the next year while I try to become a writer/journalist and attend my Media Culture master at UM. During my almost 27 years on this planet I also lived in Germany and Czech Republic, although my dream is going back to a Mediterranean country. In the cold, Dutch rainy days I keep busy with writing, getting upset about Italian politics and learning about archaeology. The past is always better :)