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.
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).
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.
Aremark/Marker - Kotebe, Ethiopia
Stavanger - Antsirabé, Madagaskar
Re - Katwe, Uganda
Trondheim - Keren, Eritrea
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