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On 10-13 June 2015 The Youth Support Centre “Egeo” (Greece) and International Publishing Group Limited (the UK) had a meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece as the part of two-year Partnership called “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration” under the financial support of Grundtvig Programme.

The aim of the meeting in Thessaloniki was to discuss the future promotion of the film “Out”, recently produced by the learners of the Partnership and presented for the first time on 30 April 2015 during the third meeting of all partners in London.

The meeting in Thessaloniki has had a significant impact on mutual learning and knowledge exchange in the sphere of migrant community life abroad and creative trainings for talented youth in the sphere of culture and media. It brought together social leaders of two organizations and creatives from Greece and the United Kingdom engaged in the sphere of media products PR & marketing.

The meeting consisted of three parts:

Round-table discussion for group leaders was dedicated to organization of social and cultural events in migrant environment to promote the film and its idea of supporting the Russian-speaking community worldwide. The group leaders has also shared an experienced of social and cultural events production which contributes to intercultural awareness.

Educational knowledge exchange sessions for PR & marketing creative was dedicated to the methods of film promotion in their countries using social platform of mass communication.

Informal communication of learners & leaders from Greece and the UK

Film “Out” is a high quality video was produced by partnership learners in line with all cinematography standards, depicting migrant life and integration efforts. “Out” shows five different realistic personal stories of people who relate to the language in one way or another. Shot in five countries, the movie presents interactions of Russian-speakers with the local cultures.

The first closed show of the film took place in May 2015 in London. Now it begins its journey screening at cinemas and festivals around the world. To ensure the film qualifies for festivals, it will go public during 2016 and become freely available to all interested online.

More information about film “Out”

More information about “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration”


On 28 April through 2 May 2015 International Publishing Group Limited (IPGL) was hosting in London the third meeting of two-year Partnership called “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration” under the financial support of Grundtvig Programme. This is a two-year partnership of organizations from seven European countries under the support of the EU Lifelong Learning (Lifelong Learning Programme) Grundtvig Fund. The project is designed to help creative Russian-speaking people to meet and exchange knowledge. The partnership aims to present contemporary Russia and to overcome stereotypes through the prism of culture, music and cinema.

Leaders, activists and creative people from different European countries came together to share with each other their knowledge, talent and desire to integrate into the surrounding society through culture.

During the meeting there was a round table discussion involving heads of British organizations integrated into the cultural sphere, as well as representatives of the Embassy of Russian Federation in Great Britain and Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the United Kingdom. Representatives of organizations shared their experience of promoting Russian culture and Russian products in the UK market, emerging issues and potential.

Chairman of the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the UK Olga Balakleets, who is also the director of the Ensemble Production, spoke about the role of the Coordinating Council in elevation of Russian culture and its place in cooperation with British organizations and local authorities. Svetlana Adjoubei, director of the Academy “Academia Rossica”, which is the inspirer and the founder of the Russian Film Festival in London, the Festival of Russian literature “SLOVO”, expressed her views on the principles of intercultural activities. Karina Baldry, the partners of the culinary duo “Russian Revels, spoke about her experience of Russian cuisine abroad and the creation of a unique Russian cuisine project called “Dacha” as part of the annual gastronomy fair in London. Margarita Bagrov, the founder of “Urban Events” shared the experience of transferring an existing Russian business into activities abroad. Andrey Kharchenko, representing the magazine “British Style” and organizing tours of top Russia cultural figures, noted the importance of interaction between organizations and the establishment of high-quality Russian product. Anna Tarasova, employee of the travel company BSI UK, presented their vision of tourism market in the UK and its correlation with the current economic situation.

The organizers and leaders have undergone a mutual learning process and shared knowledge on stimulation of creative talent workers in different ages and use of cultural products and media to promote ideas of tolerance and intercultural dialogue.

There was a series of training involving representatives of Russian media in the UK and other European countries where working groups have exchanged experience and expertise in the creation, maintenance and development of Russian media abroad.

The productive dialogue has ended up with the premier of the film “Out” about the life of Russian-speaking migrants in Europe. The film is a collection of short stories by young talented filmmakers and screenwriters from different countries. Viewers have seen 5 stories of people who are united by Russian language culture, past and present. It shows the stories of Russians in Europe and foreigners in Russian-speaking countries. The film reflects the common traits of Russian and European cultures, differences of perception, conflicts and prejudices associated with it. The purpose of the film is to reflect the modern picture of the cultural relationship through the eyes of contemporaries, as well as change some stereotypes, improve the perception of Russian people and reach the mutual understanding between Russian-speaking and European citizens.

Participants of the Partnership were the leading Russian-speaking organizations of Europe such as Union des Russophones de France (France), International Society for youth initiatives “Lorgus Ry” (Finland), Občianske združenie ROSSIJA (Slovakia), the Association “Youth Initiative Group” (Lithuania), Pragmatiki Club (Czech Republic), the Youth Support Centre “Egeo” (Greece) and International Publishing Group Limited (United Kingdom).


During the period of 20 – 26 May 2014 at the hotel Grand Platon in Paralia Katerinis  and at the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , the Youth Support Center  «EGEO» held a special event – the musical theater festival «Humor unites youth ». The festival title was part of the actions «Thessaloniki 2014 – European Youth Capital ».

150 young people joined the festival from 12 countries: Greece, England, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Luxembourg.

The festival covered a wide range of activities. Apart from theater teams KVN festival also took part organizers group, photographers and filmmakers. Each group followed a separated program, but nevertheless, there was interdependence between their programs. The organizers apart from participating in various seminars (workshops), also helped in the organization of the final show KVN in Thessaloniki. Photographers and filmmakers prepared photo and video material covering all festival activities. Moreover photographers took part with their work in a photo exhibition under the theme «A special look at the immigrants’ life» which was held on May 25th in the foyer of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before the final KVN show. Also filmmakers continued the implementation of the film in partnership CMPI and presented the teasers to the festival goers. An effort was paid as part of the festival combine theory with practice .The main purpose was the exchange of experience and cooperation between young people from different countries. Emphasis was placed on familiarizing young people with the Greek culture and the sights of Central Macedonia.

The program of musical-theatrical festival “Humor unites youth” was consisted of:

  • Entertainment programs and sport activities
  • Tours in Thessaloniki, the Museum Royal Tombs at Vergina, Dion and Olympus
  • Seminars (workshops) and courses for each group of participants, conducted by Greek and foreign specialists
  • Slavery on wikisite ( under Grundtvig Partnership
  • Continue the implementation of the film by filmmakers under Grundtvig Partnership
  • Final KVN show involving all the theater teams and photo exhibition « A special look at the life of immigrants » that took place in the ceremonial hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on May 25.

The group of theater teams KVN

The main purpose of the 12 theater teams KVN was their excellent participation in the final performance of the festival held on 05.25.2014 at 17:00 in the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University, which was visited by more than 800 people. Every day with the aid of the special educators was held rehearsals, seminars and courses on the subject in KVN Theater.

The experts that have worked with groups and carried out about 10 courses and seminars are:

  • Andreev Konstantin (Germany) – director of the West-European league KVN
  • Sarmpas Roman (Greece) – editor of the Greek league KVN
  • Ryaboshapka Alexey (Russia) – specialist from League KVN of Leningrad region
  • Lichaciov Sergej (Lithuania) – specialist from Lithuanian League KVN
  • Martinuk Mikhail (Ukraine) – specialist from the organization «95 Kvartal»

The group of organizers

The group was consisted of the 12 chairmans of the organizations that took part in the festival. The main purpose of the organizers was to exchange experiences with each other and develop cooperative relations. As part of the festival on 05.21.2014 the group visited the headquarters of “Thessaloniki 2014 – European youth capital” where the heads of the organizations met with the leaders and informed them about their actions. They also held seminars and courses for the purpose of education in organization of large and complex events. In addition, emphasis was given on the proper preparation of various projects for the participation in European programs.

The experts that have worked with the group of the organizers and made a total of eight courses and seminars are:

  • Tsakalidis Valerios (Greece) – Chairman of YSC “Egeo”
  • Rubinovich Igor (Czech Republic) – Chairman of the organization “Pragmatiki”
  • Kudriavtseva Olga (England) – Responsible for the organization of events organization “International Publishing Group Ltd”
  • Levina Alla (Russia) – Representative of the Directorate of youth policy of Leningrad region

The group of photographers

The main purpose of the 7 photographers was to exhibit their projects in the photography exhibition «A special look at the immigrant’s life » and preparation of the photographic material, covering the entire range of festival activities.

The photo exhibition was held at the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on May 25, 2014 and was visited by 800 people. The Jury awarded the photographer Tatiana Kitaeva, who is from Czech Republic, for her work.

The 8 seminars and courses for the group was made by photographer and director Damian Maximov (Greece) representing the YSC “EGEO”.

The group of filmmakers

The main purpose of the 10 filmmakers was the continuity in the implementation of the film (Gruntdvig Partnership), the filmmakers continued implementation of the film in partnership CMPI, the presentation of the participants of the festival and the preparation of video material on all festival activities. On May 23, the group visited the Cinema Museum and the exhibition of known Greek directors, called «Story board».

The experts who have worked with the group of organizers and made overall 6 courses and seminars are:

  • Zahariades Kritonas (Greece) – actor and director, lecturer in Higher and Further education
  • Damianos Maximov – photographer and director of YSC “Egeo”.

The joint program

Every day, during the period of 21 until 26 May held sports activities (beach volley, beach football), at which many teams from each participating country of the festival took part. Moreover, during the festival period held many interesting parties. Attention was paid at the work on wiki site (

On May 22 all our guests took part in a wonderful excursion in Vergina -Dione – Olympos and on May 25 in the morning in an excursion at Thessaloniki. On May 24 was the teasers viewing, which was prepared by the filmmaker’s group.

On May 25, the photography exhibition «A special look at the immigrant’s life» was visited by 800 people from Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia. Then they attended the final three-hour show KVN, in which 12 theater groups took part. The festival ended with impressive farewell party.

Dissemination and Exploitation of Results

During the festival 3000 posters were printed and posted at all buses (public transport) and at the central parts of Thessaloniki.  Also, photo and video materials, printed and electronic publications were created. Dissemination of the results of the action started from official websites of the musical-theatrical festival KVN and YSC “EGEO”. At the same time everything, was posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Information about the festival was published in newspapers and informative websites in Greece and abroad, such as:

  • Weekly Russian-speaking newspaper “MIR AND OMONIA”
  • Weekly Russian-speaking newspaper “AFINSKII KOURIER”
  • Monthly free informative Russian-speaking newspaper in Thessaloniki “BRIZ”
  • Informative site
  • Informative online magazine
  • Informative site

More information about the KVN festival is at many other printed and electronic information tools.

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