Most people cast off their childhood like an old
hat. They forget about it
as if it was a telephone number no longer valid. Earlier they were children,
then they grew up, but what are they now?
Only who becomes an adult staying a child, is a human being.
and enthusiasm are characteristics of children, which many adults leave
behind over the years; but interest in the new and unknown is essential
for people from different cultures coming together for a fruitful meeting
- especially in the context of the Dialogue among Civilizations praised
so much these days.
At the same time it is the children and teen-agers, who are going
to organize future intercultural relations. Enough reason to stimulate
the existing potential from early age on, to encourage and establish contact
with the alien by enabling exchange in any form. Children
and teen-agers won't spend much time reflecting about their actions, and
therefore they will go for it with less prejudice than adults.
Literature in general may serve as medium by offering insight into
unique or diverse cultural tradition. To the reader or listener it may
reveal a whole new world rousing interest and discussion.
Both the European and the Oriental society show a great variety
and high quality in the field of children's literature - the immaterial
hidden cultural heritage. Neither of them has to fear comparison,
since they are equivalent but not the same, altogether excellent preconditions
for the exchange of ideas.
The European Children's Literary Festival in Iran shall
contribute to this cultural exchange. As an easily accessible event it
is directed at the young as well as the older, inviting the audience to
deal with children's literature from Europe in all kinds of ways.
Presenting European children's literature in an event
easily accessible to young Iranian audience
from all social classes.
Promoting young artists and cultural activists
Initiating the exchange of opinions and experiences between artists
and cultural activists
from different countries; making visible
the cultural diversity; searching for common roots.
Looking for new ways of intercultural dialogue,
and promoting mutual cultural exchange between
the EU and Iran.
look at the activities
to attain this goals
Children and teenagers from Iran are invited to participate
free of charge in the Childrens Literary Festival on location. Following
reservation all activities may be attended in groups or privately. At
the same time children and teenagers from Europe in their home
countries will work with material from Iran placed at their disposal.
Since they are an integral part of society, children and teenagers with
handicap shall be addressed with special activities.
2. Spread over a period of 18 days all together
around 50 artists, cultural activists and scientists from Europe
will participate actively in the Childrens Literary Festival (indicative
duration of stay of each participant is 7 days). Costs for travelling
and accommodation for one week will be covered, but the project-budget
does not allow for paying fees.
3. Additionally to European participants cultural
activists and scientists from Iran will participate actively
in the Childrens Literary Festival.
4. European co-organising institutions take
care of project coordination in the home country during preparation. For
the Childrens Literary Festival each coorganiser takes to Tehran
a group of around 10 cultural activists from his country, consisting of
authors, illustrators, members of a children's theatre company,
a children's literature historian or scientist of children's
literature, a translator (preferably specialised in translating
childrens literature from Farsi into the respective native language)
, and the project- coordinator. In addition the organiser X-CHANGE
culture-science will take individual cultural activists from Belgium,
The Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia to Tehran.
organisations in Iran support the project on location,
take care of coordination during preparation, and will be responsible
for picking local participants.
organisations in Europa assist in project coordination.