Nedstrand-Ngoundére (Kamerun) vns_oktober_08.jpgvns_oktober_08.jpg The cultural exchange consist of two art groups, Kunstfloden in Norway and Vin Art in Kamerun. Their objective is to strenghten the art work and to promote cultural expressions in their local communities. Through the exchange they achieve counciousness about their own culture, their own backround, identities and values and they put this into a creative form. Doing practical art work with another culture makes the differences between us dissapear. In 2008 2 artists from Ngoundére came to Nedstrand and had art workshops, culture nights at the local school, exhibition "Rotation South to North" in co-operation with "Kulturnatt i Haugesund" Culture night in Haugesund.


Fredrikstad-Maputo (Mosambique)


The culture school in Fredrisktad and the dance and performance group Xindiro from Mosambique have a co-operation called "Breaking the Barricades" where they create a youth performance with dance, prog-rock, hip hop and african music and thatre. They have had several cultural exchanges, but the 2007-2008 project was a spectacular collaboration where they put up a performance in Fredrikstad "Blå grotte" and over 3000 people could experience the breaking of the wall of separation between North and South and different cultures.  Foto: Espen Schei 



Nordre Sørfold - SCRTTI (Spiritual Churches Institute) Walkerville (South Africa)


This friendship link started in 1996 and has handicraft and sewing (husflid) as their main focus. The south african women have been to th north of Norway and in 2008 the link managed to create a husflid seminar in South Africa where 30 women came together and had 2 weeks of sewing and handicraft worhshops. The norwegians learn how to use pearls in the sewing and the south african design, and the south africans learned norwegian techniques. The plan was that all these women will teach women and men in their local communities the new skills and also how to make different products like bags, blankets, dolls and other articles for sale. This was also in co-operation with The Norwegian Church Aid (KN).


Ål-Sololá (Guatemala)


The link between the tho municipalities was formalised in 1999 as part of Local Agenda 21. They have had different projects about sustainable tourism and youth involvement. In 2008 they realised a cultural exchange where musicians from Guatemala came to Ål to be part of the Ice-festival. All the instruments were made of ice, and even a big marimba where the guatemalans had their performance. Their goal was to make traditional music and instruments from Sololá well known and contribute to cultural understanding between the people of the two communities. They managed to strengthen the value of traditional music and clothing. 

"It is when you talk and have fun together, that you really get to know other cultures"
Student, Kvinesdal-Awassa, Ethiopia

Aremark/Marker - Kotebe, Ethiopia
The municipalities of Aremark and Marker are struggling with a polluted river.  Kotebe  Municipality in Ethiopia is experiencing the same problem in a river nearby. By sharing experiences connected to reducing erosion, issues regarding water and farming, and water and drainage and so on, both parties can  come up with new ideas and perspectives on the challenges they are facing.  The fact that many people will find the work more interesting once it is linked to another culture in a different part of the world might in turn generate larger participation from the respective communities. 

Moss-Aguacatan, Guatemala
Moss is linked to Aguacatan in Guatemala.  After the elections during spring 2004, there were huge riots and divisions as to whom had won the seat of Mayor in Aguacatan. All parties to the conflict were represented within the local friendship group.  Moss challenged the different parties to work together in order to organise a joint festival where all parties, Moss included, would  present their cultural heritage to each other and the rest of the region. This ensures that the parties meet again, this time not as political actors but as joint organisers of a festival.

Stavanger - Antsirabé, Madagaskar
Stavanger has made a resolution that by the year 2050 its inhabitants will not pollute or use  more resources than the amount that the earth could sustain if every citizen of the world did the same.  Stavanger and Antisirabé have developed a set of indicators of sustainability and have also collaborated  actively on issues regarding solar energy, bio energy and garbage disposal, compost and ecological gardening.

Re - Katwe, Uganda
A sustainable experience
At the local garbage dump in Re, guests from Katwe were shocked to see so many still functioning  fridges, so much nice furniture and even new shoes and clothes with the price tag still on. When the guests from the South confronted their Norwegian friends with their reckless consumption and buy-now-throw-later thinking, they started a discussion and reflection among the inhabitants of Re.
Grong - Areza, Eritrea
In Grong  Municipality, the pupils who want to write letters to their friends in Areza have to work particularly hard on their English language skills. From 1996 until 2003, the Grong pupils  had the best English language results of the whole country.

Lærdal-Jeriko, Palestine
Festival across borders
Both Jeriko and Lærdal are planning a grand festival with cultural contributions from both communities.  They are working on different aspects of culture, amongst them music and cooking.  The project will result in a jointly produced CD and cookery book.

Trondheim - Keren, Eritrea
From garbage to art work
Kattem  Primary  School, a part of the collaboration between Trondheim and Keren, has  been involved in a joint art project with their friendship school in Keren.  The project resulted in an art exhibition where all the works of art were made out of garbage.

"Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead