The Intercultural Evening

What do people eat in Georgia? I did not have any idea – until the intercultural evening. There the participants of the project Changing Perspectives of Media Education and Political Dialogue presented their national cuisines.

The intercultural evening took place at Ararat, an Armenian restaurant next to the Armenian community centre and church – with sea view! The participants brought food, drinks, snacks and sweets from their home countries. The people helped each other preparing the food for the table and explained their specialities. After half an hour the table was full! There were Ukrainian Vareniki, Armenian Ararat Cognac, Georgian Khinkali, German chocolate and much more.

Before starting to eat the responsible persons of the delegations held little speeches to present their national cuisine but especially to express their appreciation for an event and a project like this which create a great opportunity for an international encounter and dialogue. “The network built with this project is very important and we even want to get more organizations into this network because, firstly, organizations and people participating in this network can use what they learn in the media work they do in their home countries and, secondly, a network like this provides a sustainable structure for an international learning process”, said Wolfgang Ressmann, the leader of the German delegation. This learning process can contribute, concerning media, to make people trust more in media and fighting fake news. And, concerning politics, it can help supporting a democratic culture and fight nationalism and racism.

There was no special program for the evening except of presenting the national cuisines but there was also no need for a specific program. People talked with each other about various topics – about studying in Georgia, TV in Ukraine, poetry in Armenia and publishing books in Germany.
The owner of the Armenian restaurant invited the people to see his garden with fruit trees like figs, grenades and cornelian cherry. He also talked about his farm in Odessa. He grew up in Armenia, was as a Soviet soldier in Germany and then he came to live in Odessa. So he live in three of the countries of our project.
Some vodkas and cognac later there was also a bit music and singing at the intercultural evening.

Besides the fun the participant could broaden their horizons and maybe went a step further in developing an understanding on how to approach other cultures with respect and tolerance. And for sure they have eaten well and they learned about culture.
Like me for example, I now have a Georgian favourite food. It is bread with melted cheese and it is called: Khachapuri.

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Timeline
Project meeting in Malta MeLDE in Münster Final meeting in Cracow The Final Final Conference TV, Internet and the Streets of Yerevan Between Armenia’s Past and Future And now: Yerevan The Final Conference in Kyiv Radio Svoboda & ZIK TV Channel Visiting the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Visiting the Parliament’s newspaper: Holos Ukrayiny Talking with the “Ukrainian News Agency” about the role of media in armed conflicts Interviews and Cutting: The Video Groups in Action Youth 4 Media is partner of the "Changes of media-education and political dialogue perspectives" - funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of German... From the Communist Party School to the Institute of Journalism First day of ‘Changes of Media Education and Political Dialogue Perspectives’ in Kyiv Changes of Media-Education and Political Dialogue perspectives The Conference and the project’s results Visiting an Armenian diaspora community A walk through Odessa’s colours The Intercultural Evening Digital Literacy in the Digitalised era: supporting teachers through a whole-school approach MYgrant METHAMORPHOSIS in action! A kick-off meeting in the city of Wolves DC4JOBS: 3rd Partner Meeting in Breda, the Netherlands Start of the project "Changes of Perspectives in Media Education and Political Dialogue" A project meeting in Malaga DC4JOBS - Digital Competences for New Jobs: Young people (with fewer opportunities) fight unemployment InDVT meeting in Prague Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018!
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