RYCO Supports Youth Exchanges in Brčko and Kotor

BRČKO/KOTOR – Through its second Open Call co-financed by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, RYCO supported the project “Art vs. Conflict”. The project organized in partnership between Sea Rock from Kotor and Demos from Brčko brought together forty young people from Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The four-month-long project aimed to reinforce intercultural dialogue with an emphasis on nonviolent communication and acceptance of diversity by making silent films with young people. The films have been screened in Brčko and Kotor.

“Art vs. Conflict was a very successful project than brought together forty young people to participate in activities such as film recording, workshops and cultural-art evenings. Participants learned how to convert negative to positive energy. Being connected with all these young people from the region influenced our organizations to build strong cooperation in future projects. We also thank for the support provided by the Department of European Integration of the Brčko District and the Mayor of Kotor,” Project Coordinator Mr Božidar Jović pointed out presenting the project.

During the program, participants had a chance to attend workshops on different topics, starting from the workshop on prejudice and stereotypes, hate speech, film workshops, joint hiking, swimming and kayaking.

The participants also attended the workshop “Breaking Point between Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech on the Internet”, where they had a chance to share their own experience regarding hate speech and underline different situations where hate speech might happen.

After returning home, the participants broadcasted their 15 minutes’ silent movies during the final project ceremonies in Kotor and Brčko.

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