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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 10

apeal visit 2024 - mothers dream becomes true
apeal visit 2024 – mothers dream becomes true

Eunice points towards the sea. A few years earlier, her mother had sat in exactly the same place and also pointed her finger towards the sea. With tears in her eyes, she said at the time: I hope that all of my children will be able to enjoy this view here one day. Your wish seems to come true. Eunice (the artist), one of five children, is the first of her daughters to attend CASAdelDRAGON. We have known each other for 8 years from the Serban summer schools in Coiconesti (Romania).

It was my wish too. And I’m happy.

apeal visit 2024 - beach - vinaris
apeal visit 2024 – beach – vinaris

Romania lies on the Black Sea. But for the children in the group, the sea is far away. This is how you enjoy a day at the beach.

apeal visit 2024 - beach - vinaris - pick-nick
apeal visit 2024 – beach – vinaris – pick-nick

A picnic under palm trees on Vinaros beach.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon work - trencadis
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon work – trencadis

Work on the kite continues in the evening.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon work - tattoo details
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon work – tattoo details

Further details are being finalized.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon work - trencadis - finals steps
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon work – trencadis – finals steps

Closing the joints creates a more uniform image for the eye. The white dragon takes its form.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon work - trencadis - finals steps
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon work – trencadis – finals steps

In the evening I asked everyone who had ever received a personal letter. The answer was: none!
So I handed over two mail art letters and gave them the chance to open them and explore the contents. The participants were touched by the art from Spain (Francisco Galvez) and Germany (Michael Ley). And they asked me about the background of mail art in these times.

apeal visit 2024 - informal learning - mail art
apeal visit 2024 – informal learning – mail art

Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 8

apeal visit 2024 - gen Z - time travels
apeal visit 2024 – gen Z – time travels

A trip into the hinterland, to Morella, and surprisingly for some, a trip into one’s own history (the shared history of Romania and ancient Rome) and many hours of sun take their toll.

apeal visit 2024 - gen Z - culture and more
apeal visit 2024 – gen Z – culture and more

Improvised breakfast under the holm oaks in Morella.

apeal visit 2024 - gen Z - 2000 years romanian history in spain
apeal visit 2024 – gen Z – 2000 years romanian history in spain

A moment of silence in view of the vastness of the Maestrazgos.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 7

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon - cleaning and finishing
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon – cleaning and finishing

After attaching the numerous tile pieces, the entire mosaic must be prepared for grouting. This removes excess adhesive and removes contamination from the tile pieces.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon - cleaning and finishing
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon – cleaning and finishing

At the same time, areas where the tiles are too far apart are being reworked.

apeal visit 2024 - white dragon - cleaning and finishing
apeal visit 2024 – white dragon – cleaning and finishing

Details are also added such as the claws.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 6

apeal visit 2024 - moldavian evening - town mayor
apeal visit 2024 – moldavian evening – town mayor

The Moldavian evening begins with welcoming the guests. The mayor takes bread and salt as a sign of friendly welcome.

Romanian residents in Cervera del Maestre translate and become aware of how the local population shows interest in and enjoys their culture.

apeal visit 2024 - moldavian evening - performance
apeal visit 2024 – moldavian evening – performance

Music and dance are expressions of Moldavian joy of life.

apeal visit 2024 - moldavian evening - performance
apeal visit 2024 – moldavian evening – performance

Denisa shows an extraordinary voice in the solo performance.

apeal visit 2024 - moldavian evening - performance
apeal visit 2024 – moldavian evening – performance

At the end of the evening the buffet opens and all sorts of delicacies are offered.

apeal visit 2024 - moldavian evening - sweets and more
apeal visit 2024 – moldavian evening – sweets and more

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 5

apeal visit 2024 - lunchtime
apeal visit 2024 – lunchtime

The group sits together for breakfast. Young people from Moldova, Romania and Spain meet.

This time together in everyday life is important and particularly promotes engagement with others, but also with one’s own culture.

apeal visit 2024 - youth
apeal visit 2024 – youth

Work on the mosaic continued.

apeal visit 2024 - trencadis
apeal visit 2024 – trencadis

About 30 percent has been completed.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 4

apeal visit 2024 - briefing
apeal visit 2024 – briefing

On Day 4, the White Dragon Project was discussed. The living and dining room serves as a meeting place.

The workshop participants mark the areas for their personal work, the white dragon tattoos. This creates a shared work of art and some space for your own personal creativity.

apeal visit 2024 - wall
apeal visit 2024 – wall

At the same time, the venue was visited, the instruments were set up and the first rehearsals took place.

apeal visit 2024 - music
apeal visit 2024 – music

Preparations were made in the kitchen for the big event the following day. Delicacies from Moldova, as a gift for visitors to the cultural evening.

apeal visit 2024 - kitchen work
apeal visit 2024 – kitchen work

Many hours of work on day 4 and 5 preparing the buffet. Lots of conversations about culture, customs and customs and the exchange of recipes, that’s what the House of the Dragon is all about. People become closer through action.

apeal visit 2024 - kitchen work
apeal visit 2024 – kitchen work

The tension rises.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 3

apeal visit 2024 - drawing first
apeal visit 2024 – drawing first

After a short briefing in the house of the dragon the group moved to a public space in the town to start the art project. First the idea of a dragon was developed on paper.

apeal visit 2024 - scaling up
apeal visit 2024 – scaling up

After the group had agreed on an external shape, the young people began to transfer the drawing onto the large wall. Mathematics was required: how do you transfer a DinA4 drawing to a wall that is 8 meters wide and 2 meters high?

apeal visit 2024 - preparing the wall
apeal visit 2024 – preparing the wall

The final form was then developed in a continuous sequence of discussion, intervention and correction. This process was very important for the group to find a common work of art. In the end, 10 young people managed to cover the external shape with mosaics in 4 hours.

apeal visit 2024 - the shape of the dragon
apeal visit 2024 – the shape of the dragon

This defines the type and scope of the work of art. It was clear to each young person what work had to be done to create such a work of art.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 2

apeal visit 2024 - trencadis
apeal visit 2024 – trencadis

Various activities were planned for the group from Moldova and Romania’s stay. One project in the big project of this trip was the creation of a work of art in a public space. In the province of Valencia, home to the ceramics industry, it was clear that the choice would fall on trencadis.

apeal visit 2024 - trencadis
apeal visit 2024 – trencadis

So the young people prepared ceramic tiles to be used for a large mosaic. The first step was to choose the colors and make the fragments of the right size. After that it was important to sort the colors well. This work took place in the CASAdelDRAGON ARTCAMP.

apeal visit 2024 - wood
apeal visit 2024 – wood

A second group prepared old pallets for the #buenavistacervera project. Pallets were dismantled and sorted and nails were removed.

apeal visit 2024 - wood
apeal visit 2024 – wood

At the end of the working day there was pizza from the oven.

apeal visit 2024 - pizza
apeal visit 2024 – pizza

This moment was also used to come into contact with other families and young people. Romanian, Spanish, German and English alternated in the conversations. The ARTCAMP connects people across cultural and national borders. The language in which communication seems best possible is always chosen.

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Vizita din Moldova – The visit from Moldova – Day 1

apeal-visit-2024-beach
apeal-visit-2024-beach

On the first day a group agreed to go shopping. As a reward, the young people were able to be the first to come to the sea and enjoy the beach in Vinaros.

ApeaL - Visit - 2024 - history
apeal-visit-2024-history

In the afternoon there was an introduction to the history of Spain, the village and its residents. The tour led up to the castle, to the current excavations and to the tower with the nice view to the Ebro Delta.

The young people were impressed by how the village has developed since the Moors were driven out.

apeal-visit-2024-briefing
apeal-visit-2024-briefing

The ApeaL youth association has been working with young people for many years. It is the third visit from Romania and the first from Moldova at CASAdelDRAGON.

A main motive of the club is to give young people (age 12 – 18) the chance to gain self-confidence through active social action and to gain courage for all the challenges that will come in their lifes soon. The tools include regular meetings and discussions in the group in order to get feedback, to strengthen self-organization, and to include the young people “at eye level” in the planning of the daily routine.

apeal-visit-2024-castle
apeal-visit-2024-castle

The visitor from Moldova comes from the area near the border with Romania. The Romanian-speaking minority lives there. For many of the young people it is their first trip away from their homeland, the first big trip of their lives. Romanians are Latinos and have been for over 2000 years. The Caesars in Rome chose their loyal bodyguards from the ranks of the Romanian army. Romanian is more closely related to Latin than Italian. So it’s no surprise that young Romanians can feel right at home in Spain.

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