Socialization and creative work through dancing, playing music and use of media, the Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC) wants young Barents citizens to share their opinion on the importance of the Barents Cooperation. On December 14th to 17th 2012 BRYC is going to host a workshop in Murmansk on culture, cooperation and the future of the Barents region.

The event is intended to serve as a cultural contribution to the 20th anniversary of the Barents Cooperation. One of the main objectives is to look back on the past 20 years, letting young Barents citizens share their opinion on the importance of the Barents Cooperation.

How has the Barents cooperation influenced the lives of young people who grew up in the region? How did it affected their perception of local history and shaped their attitudes towards the importance of cross-border cooperation?

Participants of the “Barents NOW&THEN” workshop will get the opportunity to exchange and discuss their experiences of growing up in the Barents region during the last 20 years. They will also be encouraged to give feedback on how they visualize the future of the Barents Cooperation. By promoting the good things about the cooperation, the BRYC aims to inspire young citizens to stay in the Barents region.

“Barents NOW&THEN” will take place in Murmansk, Russia, between the 14th and 17th of December, 2012. The participants will be able to join one of four optional activity groups: a dancing class, an “Arty-and-crafty” class, a music class, and a media class. In these groups, they are going to cooperate on creating expressions of the region’s future, implemented in different art forms. In addition to the creative work there is also an educational dimension to the workshop -- the participants can learn some interesting facts about the history of the Barents region. The workshop ends with a final gathering where every group will present its version of the “Barents-future”.

The working language throughout the event will be English.

The BRYC encourages young people from the whole Barents region, aged between 18 and 29, to join this event. Download the application form here and send it to the following e-mail address:

There is a limit of about 70 participants, and the application deadline is on November 25th.


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