Tandem Europe final meeting in Athens, 25 to 28 January 2017

Magdalena's expectations before the trip: "I consider myself very lucky because I won the lottery and simply the fact that I’m going to visit a Tandem event and Greece for the first time in my life makes me happy and excited about the trip. My biggest expectation is to get insight into how Tandem helps the cultural managers collaborate beyond borders, keep up motivation during such a long period of time and over big distances."

On site: "My first day in Athens, which seems to be a human city, not too intimidating for a newcomer. In the morning, I followed step by step Thea Werner, Tandem Europe staff, who we had a job shadowing session with (a good way to get to know the programme). Thea facilitated a storytelling where Tandem participants talked about the most significant changes that took place during the implementation of their projects. ... The second and third day of my visit to Tandem were filled with project presentations - first in the city center of Athens and then in a nearby city of Elefsina, which - in the parts we visited - retained the flair of a sea resort while also suffering from environmental degradation due to activities of several industries. I would have been happy to talk to more Tandem people and learn more about the projects, but the time was just too short!" 

Gulnara's favourite Tandem projects:
"One street project in Elefsina connected inhabitants to their living space through the joint creation of an artistic light installation. The 'Eleusis Box' performance presented a prototype of a card game which serves to discuss, share and remember stories on public spaces. The 'What is Home' theatre workshop had more of an psychological approach – how do people feel about home, about movement? The “ShipShape” project was a great toolkit and interactive game for young people raising awareness on globalisation and environmental effects. ... All these amazing projects inspired me and I felt how art can be a great tool for delivering messages to society."

After the shadow visit, Magdalena was inspired to the Blog article"You can stop hiding now!" in which she combines the description of a Tandem collaboration with the broader question: what does it actually need,to make great projects more visible and thus accessible to others. We recommend reading it!

Winners of the shadow visit lottery for the Tandem meeting in Athens were MitOst members Magdalena Lapshin (Poland) and Gulnara Ismailova (Azerbaijan). Here and in the blog article "You can stop hiding now!"you can get an impression of their experience.