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Arts Lab 5.0: Sena Yavuz, Turkey - Month 5

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While we were coming to the end, the month started a bit weird. Carlita turned back from Bolivia, so the ambiance of the home changed immediately with my Linda. But at the same time, we found Haşmet, seriously injured from his neck. So we had some stressful days when we were worrying about his life. So we spent a lot of time to take care of him in the best way possible. In the end, little Haşmetcito became good.  Then we went to our first caravan, which was in Ceplenița. In addition to enjoying the day with the kids, we visited some nice spots in the village, drank nice wines, and learned how to sew traditional Romanian blouses, which I enjoyed a lot.  While we were preparing our artwork for the JEMOM museum, we had a surprise birthday party for Hassancito, the grandpa of the house, and spent a nice time all together. For the personal artwork, I created a monument with a text talking about the term ‘’genocide’’, which was an excerpt from the book ''Pogromul de la Iași’’. As I r

Turing Scheme & Arts Lab 5.0: Raphaelle Kent, UK - Month 5

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The second to last month of this project went very quickly, we finished our final residency, had many cultural nights and my family visited me from the UK. We also had mid term training in Bucharest for a few days, then with Violeta and Hajer we spent a few extra days exploring Bucharest and Sinaia.  It was a busy month with lots of good memories! The first of my family to visit were my mum and grandfather, I went to collect them from Iași airport, my grandfather wearing his traditional Scottish kilt. We drew a lot of attention on our way back to Târgu Frumos, lots of baffled stares and some giggles from children. When they arrived to our house we had a question time with my grandfather and it was so nice that they were welcomed by my friends in to our house.  We had a great few days showing them around the town and also hosting the UK culture night together. I was so lucky to have my mum there in real life to help me make an afternoon tea. My grandfather David wore again his tradition

Arts Lab 5.0: Olha Popova, Ukraine - Month 5

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 OMG, there is a lot to tell, as I promised in the last report: 1) Mid-Term Evaluation Trip 2) First Couchsurfing experience 3) The cat is missing 4) Last-last residency 5) Bolivian and English Culture nights 6) Ukrainian Culture night (!!!) So, let's talk about things in order. Our month started with a trip to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. A wonderful, big city with lovely architecture and a slightly confusing subway system. But at first, we're here not for that but for the mid-term evaluation. Volunteers from all across Romania came there to share experiences and participate in activities. I'll be blatantly truthful; the program was mediocre. However, the stories from volunteers, on the other hand - that's a different story! We (actually just Carla) had to make a video to show our program and what we are doing here. We also had warm-ups, some treasure-hunting, etc. Most of the volunteers found that pretty boring, especially that one day when we all had to talk ab

Arts Lab 5.0: Dajana Zharassov, Germany - Month 5

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Hello again! Welcome to my fifth report here in Romania. It was an exciting month and it started with us celebrating Hassan's birthday and organizing some workshops. We also finally had our exhibition for the Jewish open-air museum. As I mentioned in my last report, me and Aliye collaborated for this and we created an audiobook with the help of Cosmin, a student in the Moldova High-school. The audiobook consists of a poem and the story which tells the storyline of the pogrom in Iași. By editing sound effects into it we created an immersive audio experience. For the interactive part of the workshop for the exhibition the people needed to listen to the audiobook. While listening they could draw illustrations or write messages on a big paper on how it made them feel. After listening to the poem and the story, they could write into the book on how it made them feel. The story of the audiobook has an open ending so in the third book people could write how they imagine the story could ha

Arts Lab 5.0: Muhammed Awed Badr Ali, Egypt - Month 5

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Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well. Today, I would like to discuss the events of this month. Following the Jewish exhibition, my companions and I embarked on a journey to Bucharest for a mid-term break. We had the pleasure of meeting fellow volunteers who, like us, were staying in Romania, and we had the opportunity to learn about their projects. Meeting new people and engaging in conversations, as well as participating in various games and exploring Bucharest together, brought us great joy. We completed a number of tasks, captured memorable photographs at significant locations, and even indulged in other activities. Upon returning home, I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching movies and writing new songs. I joined my friends on the Jewish Caravan, during which we visited the House of Culture in Pașcani. The Bolivian and Turkish nights were particularly remarkable, but the UK night held a special place in my heart.  Raphaëlle and her mother prepared sweets and food for us it was

Arts Lab 5.0: Ahmed Hakmi, Morocco - Month 5

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It's truly heart-wrenching to realize that my time in this incredible house, where I've created countless beautiful memories, is coming to an end. It's also difficult to fathom saying goodbye to people whom I never imagined I would meet and develop such incredible bonds with just five months ago. 💔 However, I’ll enjoy these days till it’s time to leave this amazing atmosphere. Anyway. This month started with a caravan in Ceplenița. It was a day full of joy because we meet too many students and we visited some places near the village, also we had the chance to learn a little bit about decorating or sewing the Romanian traditional clothes. and after few days we made a surprise birthday party to Hassan. During that week, I was still going to Moldova School to finish the mural, which is the best murals for me so far even tough it was in stressful time for me. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be a part of the JEMOM exhibition. After that, we had to leave Târgu Frumos for a w