Here is a random selection of short video clips from the 2 day event in April 2010 at The Drum in Birmingham UK, giving a flavour of the event, with speakers Airan Berg and François Matarasso, along with some vox pop collected by Geoff Broadway and Pamela Wells from Laundry.
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Ideas via email…
One the bursary artists, Naz Koser, in an email conversation with potential collaborators for her project.
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Abdul and Ravi from Mathew Boulton College have been working at Bosnia House in Sparkbrook, collecting views about the area, in advance of the 48 hour Dialogue project happening there in March 09. Here are a couple of their images….
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Simon Walker, one of the artists working with Laundry on the project, reports on some recent Dialogues in Highgate, Birmingham.
He writes, This project began as an exploration of an area at the heart of Birmingham with a very diverse mix of people within the community. Highgate, I feel is an …
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What do we mean by the word ‘culture’?
Simon Walker with some thoughts on intercultural dialogues and how the word ‘culture’ is used or appropriated… (after attending a 4 day informal European theatre meeting in Belgrade)
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Your bell is centered somewhere around D
Bell project Interviews: Georgi Limonov, the bell-caster
In the material we use for the bell, we put 80 per cent copper to give it a brazen sound; and to make it sweet, we add 20 percent tin. And various other herbs for the nuances that come next. That’s the main mix. …
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My children haven’t stolen the bell, no, darling, never ever.
Bell Project Interviews: Elena, the mother of Pavel (who hung himself in prison and who is rumoured to have stolen the bell).
Pavel is the name of my son. They called for him about the bell; was it three or four guys? And Rosen, too. And so the two got …
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Bell Project Interviews: Granny Elenka, Gorna Bela Rechka
It was such a beautiful bell my husband made when he was the mayor… And they placed a very beautiful bell, before the 9th of September . One woman, Granny Bona, tolled it every Sunday and also when somebody died… Granny Bona tolled …
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The old-time Gypsies were good
Bell Project Interviews: Aunt Penka, Dolna Bela Rechka.
When were you born?
And since you were born, you remember the bell that it was here?
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To detach the devil
Bell Project Interviews: Pesho, the Pious.
Listen now – the theft is also committed by Gypsies, you know, when there’s no money, he has no feeling for something godly, you know, spiritual, to stop him from stealing what’s been given. And from this point of view, such things get lost. I …
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The Angel helps if God tells him so
Bell Project Interviews: Todorka.
For three years I have sung in the church, in Pudria, for three years I have been a solo singer.
I am a believer, yes, this is innate for me, and that’s how I’ll keep on living.
God, I remember the bell, it was so big! It got stolen …
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The Bell Story
New Culture foundation ran a contest for personal stories: A PERSONAL STORY WITH A BELL. Stolen bells are everyday reality in Bulgaria today. Very often, Romas are accused as the one behind those acts. Why? Is that true in the case of Bela Rechka’s bell? The project involved neighboring Roma …
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Why do we need to forget?
Notes from a lecture in Bela Rechka, 24.05.2008, at Goat Milk Festival by Elisabeth Vykoukal, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna…
Why do we need to forget?
We have to find new ways to come together; we live in a time where there are no more bells to call us to meet.
The essence of …
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some thoughts on the first Open Lab, Birmingham
Beverley Harvey outlines her thoughts on the first Birmingham Open Laboratory November 2008.
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How might we record our process and planning? Beverley Harvey offers some suggestions
A diary of process can act as a tracking devise to ensure that all elements of planning, delivery of creative activities and meetings are captured and monitored to ensure the original purpose of the project has been achieved. However, it also provides a deeper understanding, awareness and appreciation of a …
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Bread winning badante
Diana Ivanova examines a unique form of intercultural dialogue - the exchange of suffering between elderly Italians and Bulgarian women.
It all started with my cousin from Vurshets. I remember her enthusiasm three years ago as she was about to leave for Italy. And I remember what she said when she …
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The Ethos of an Amateur
An essay by Krzysztof Czyzewski
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We are living in a world where the word ‘professionalism’ is steadily gaining in importance. The necessity of professional work and professional attitude presses us almost palpably. On the other hand, the word ‘amateurism’ is always associated …
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Understanding the intercultural dialogue
Notes from Krzysztof Czyżewski
In spite that the term ‘intercultural dialogue’ is invoked today so often, it is used in many different contexts and, as a consequence, its meaning varies. What is worse, the term has recently acquired a nature of a word-emblem, meaning everything and nothing at the same …
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Essays on Dialogue
Here are three essays on dialogue, by Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University, New York.
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Brendan Jackson recalls the origin of the project – an event held in Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina, in 2006.
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