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UK Art and Activism Caravan 2006 Newswire Archive

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Art and Activism Caravan :: the video's

11-01-2007 13:32


These are the videos made during the Art and activism Caravan, which was touring South-Eastern Europe this summer. For more information and full coverage of the project, see the AA Caravan Indymedia page.

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Creative activism by the Mischief Makers - a short history

07-01-2007 13:32

Bannerdrop in Sneinton, Nottingham, March 2006

The Mischief Makers are a group of activists and artists based in Nottingham (UK) who formed early 2005 as a creative response to the G8 Summit, held at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland in July that year. The collective uses creativity to support community, environmental and social justice campaign and activist groups. The groups aim is ''to inspire people and empower them to identify challenges and take action in their local environment''. (1) Here follows a short overview of their first 2 years in action...

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Report: Rhythms of Resistance Manchester Outreach Session!

13-11-2006 08:06

Sunday night and the Basement (Manchester's Social Centre) was swinging to the sounds of samba, with 18 people attending the Rhythms of Resistance Manchester open workshop.

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Samba workshop 12th November

09-11-2006 12:19

Rhythms of Resistance Manchester invites you to a Samba workshop!

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Creative Activism Exhibition at The Basement

20-10-2006 15:12

come with us
...a mixed media exhibition on clowning, samba, video activism and creative writing...

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Milan from Kulturanova speaks on local radio about Caravan

17-08-2006 11:37

Audio Flyer Front
Here a short audio of Milan from Kulturanova speaking on local Novi Sad radio about the AA Caravan coming to town. This was one of the many publicity they had done previous to us coming... Below the flyer that we found everywhere when we arrived.

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Everything can change through art

14-08-2006 10:24

Video, samba, clowns, photographs, graffiti… everything to serve activism. It is about a caravan in which youngsters from different countries of Western Europe have chosen art as a means of activism. This is not impossible. The third stop for the organizers of this caravan was Tirana, along with the youth of the MJAFT Movement. During four days students of high schools from Tirana, Berat and Kucova transformed the capital in an inspiration place and opportunity source.

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Samba in Plav

05-08-2006 11:38

impressions of Plav. montenegro and my workshop week

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Groovy times in Novi Sad

04-08-2006 08:38

Rhythms of Resistance is a growing network of percussion(samba) groups around Europe which shows up to many demonstrations to various issues as well as coming up with their own actions. In Berlin the samba band is quite active and I give with this article an overview about my workshop I did in Novi Sad, North of Serbia, Voyvodina
Pictures will follow during the next days

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Interview with Belgrade park campaigners

21-07-2006 11:40

The current state of the park

In June 2005, a corporation called Crnotravac cut down all the trees in Peti Park, a small park in Belgrade, with the aim to build a five storage high commercial centre. The neighbourhood doesn't accept this, and has started an impressive struggle to safe the park.

On July 15, the neighbours of Peti Park organised a street event to show their determination to keep defending their park. The event was supported by the Art and Activism Caravan. Dragan Djurosinovic, Jasmina Dobric and Mirjana Zupunski, neighbours of the park, explain about the fight for the park.

Links: Peti Parkic campaign website | AA Caravan Indymedia

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Belgrade remembers Srebrenica - 11 years on...

19-07-2006 15:20

The Srebrenica massacre was the July 1995 killing of up to an estimated 8,106 Bosniak males, ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina by a Serb Army of Republika Srpska under general Ratko Mladić including Serbian state special forces "Scorpions". The Srebrenica massacre is the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II and considered by many as one of the most horrific events in recent European history. It is also the first legally established case of genocide in Europe after the Holocaust. (source: Wikipedia).

11 years on, a large crowd gathered in the city centre of Belgrade to remember the victims killed in the Srebrenica massacre. Last year the same vigil was attacked by nationalist groups, some of who trew teargas in the crowd. The police guarded the protest heavily this time. We took some photos...

Links: Wikipedia on the Srebrenica massacre | Preliminary list of 8106 Bosniaks killed in Srebrenica - (PDF version) - Issued by Federal Commission for Missing Persons on June 5, 2005 | The Association Women of Srebrenica - Official Website | Srebrenica Genocide Blog - Independent Blog Regarding Srebrenica Massacre | "Cry from the Grave" documentary film detailing the account of the massacre | Chemical Warfare in Bosnia? The Strange Experiences of the Srebrenica Survivors (a Human Rights Watch report) | BOSFAM - Non-Governmental group supporting displaced women in Bosnia

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art caravan arrived to novi sad yesterday

18-07-2006 19:26

art and activism caravan started from greece and has been travelling through the Balkans.Yesterday they arrived to novi are some fotos...

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On the road again - Plav to Belgrade

16-07-2006 15:31

Driving from Plav to Belgrade.. Thanks Iso for all your help and support. Thanks to Vladimir for keeping up with us for a night...

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Plav final event - Filmscreening and party...

15-07-2006 13:58

And finally the photos from the exciting film screening as well as the party where the samba band played endlessly and people danced until dark... Also slikscreens printed everyone's t'shirts..

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Plav final event - handing over the petition

15-07-2006 13:46

Demanding seats...
Here photos from the final event in Plav, Montenegro where we handed a petition over to the Major of Plav to ask for better seating in the football stadium. At the moment the chidren sit on top of a rubbish dump to follow the games...

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Plav final event - The parade...

15-07-2006 13:14

Clowns preparing...
Here are the first photos from our final event in Plav, Montenegro.

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Small town activism in Montenegro - interview with a community activist

14-07-2006 15:29


Plav is a small town in the north east of Montenegro. The 10.000 inhabitants form a mixed community of Montenegrians, Serbs and Albanians. 80% is muslim, 14% orthodox, 2% catholic. Among the Montenegrians there are both muslims and orthodox, among the Albanians both muslims and katholics. Part of the population are refugees from the Bosnian war (1992-1995) and the Kosovo war (1998-1999). The town is very isolated, surrounded by mountains and six hours away from the capital Podgorica. In autumn last year, a small group of people set up an NGO, Plagus_M, with the aim to activate the local community and the youth culture.

Interview with Merlinda Djesevic from Plagus_M:

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On our way to Plav... some photos

13-07-2006 18:01

On the road... Tirana to Plav.

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Photos from silkscreening workshops in Bitola + Tirana

13-07-2006 15:29

Some photos from the silkscreening workshops in Bitola, Macedonia and Tirana, Albania.

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Graffiti for social change in Tirana

13-07-2006 14:03

Ergin, graffiti artist from Tirana:

In Tirana graffiti is a new thing. I started doing graffiti in December 2005, with a group of five. So far the authorities are tolerating us. We do our graffiti in daylight, as an open public statement and to have direct contact with people. The police sometimes shows up and tells us to stop, that's all. Then we continue the next day. We started off with two walls, at Rug Albassan and Rug Kavaja, and now want to spread further through Tirana. We have to see how the authorities react to this. For me, graffiti is a strong form of urban art, it takes art out of galleries, and out of the system. Graffiti gives me a direct relationship with people on the streets. In Albania, it's very important to explain your point of view to people and the street is a good place for this. I want to show that we want to be free in our life to choose, if you don't choose your freedom, you lose it. We hope that a new generation of youth will get more into graffiti. It has a direct impact on society, messages from the street are needed in Albania, with our history of authoritarianism.

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An action for clean and reliable drinking water at the Ministry for Internal Affairs in Tirana, Albania

13-07-2006 13:11

Today over 40 people gathered at the Ministry for Internal Affairs in the centre of Tirana, the capital of Albania. The issue is Tirana's drinking water, which is not clean, unreliable as it comes out of the tap only a few hours a day and that sewage systems continue to pollute the water sources.

Rebellious clowns handed out some of Tirana's finest tabwater, which was refused by most passers by... The Water Daughters were dressed in costumes showcasting the problems and got passers by involved by asking them what they would do to contribute to cleaner water. The messages were pinned onto a washing line hung across the Ministry building. A large banner in front of the building stated: 'Are you killing time or is time killing you?' aimed at most Albanians very laid back attitude towards these problems. Supposedly the Minister was on holiday when asked for by the demonstrators...

National TV channels, newspapers as well as various media activists covered the action. The action was the final outcome of the week of workshops as part of the Art and Activism Caravan, which is currently touring the Balkans. For more information and full coverage see:

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On the road - from Bitola to Tirana

13-07-2006 12:29

This was quite a ride with very steep mountains and a bordercrossing which seemed to take forever to get across. Waiting, waiting, waiting... But we got there eventually. Albania is a beautiful country with an unbelievable amount of pollution. Anyways, we were met by someone at the border who helped us to Tirana. Vincenzo, thanks for your help. Without you, not sure when we would have got there!

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Some photos from the final event in Bitola

13-07-2006 11:33

Here some photos from the final event of the workshop activities from the AA Caravan, while it was in Bitola, Macedonia. Over 400 people attended the evening of video screening, juggling performance and live music.

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Photos from workshop with Roma children on AA caravan, Macedonia

12-07-2006 16:11

Here are some photos from a workshop within the Roma Community of Bitola, Macedonia. The workshop took place as part of the Art and Activism Caravan, which is currently touring the Balkans. For more information and full coverage, see the Art and Activism Caravan page


Relevant articles: A Week in Rromani | All You Ever Wanted To Know About Roma Culture

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