And roughly translated for my Lithuanian and Latvian friends.
I'm home again after a long and intense week in Lithuania. But why Lithuania of all places? As you probably know I'm a part of this mentor program for young organizers on the thin line between ambitious amateurs and promising professionals. In this gang there is a lot of interest in both doing projects together and as individuals. As you'd probably guess about now I'm talking about De munnfulle.
This is why we've started this program. Not to just spend hours and hours in the production process. But all the work before, during and after shows, tours and projects overall. The writing process, technical work, marketing. And this is why a little handful of us went to Lithuania doing a course called as much as Culture Lab.
We where actually the hosts of this course, but for many reasons we wanted it to take place somewhere else than Norway. Among the reasons it made youth exchange and cultural exchange easier and for me at least it forced me to actually reach out and talk more to the other participants.
At the course we where a good mix of performers and youth workers with different motivations to participate. But as far as I can speak for all the 26 participants I think we all walked out of the door with more tools in our back pockets than we expected to get. And myself who was so sure that I had a good definition on culture, have settled with the fact that culture is hard to define taking to consideration that culture is so different from country to country, from city to city and from community to community.
Me, Hedda, Anine and Anja held the theater workshop part of the program. Which was quite an aha experience for me, when receiving turned into giving in the theater process. Let's just say that my confidence on learning others and not just being educated on theater myself have grown. And the thought of possibly teaching others about theater have grown from a scary thought to something I'd like to explore.
I was sharing a room with Hedda. Which was probably a good idea since we're both vegetarians and we quickly understood that cultural differences covers more than just entertainment. I hadn't thought too much about it before I left, but being a vegetarian isn't that common in that part of the world. So our diet mostly consisted of vegetables and some sort of carbs. But it sorted out when we got to talk to one of the leaders and the kitchen staff. We also made it to and food store to get some extra food for ourselves. And it's mainly just something to laugh about thinking about me and Hedda sitting in our room eating cereal and peanut butter between the courses.
We met a lot of people it would be a shame to not bump in to. And I truly hope our roads will cross in the future.
Otherwise we managed to experience a little bit more than just intense work at the center in the middle of the forest. We went to Vilnius one of the days. And after a lecture with Now japan we went in different directions to check out what we wanted to see in the city for some time. The Norwegian delegation went from the cat cafe, to a music store and then a literature cafe before eating dinner together. We might have frozen our asses of. But you learn more from doing than listening, it's important to experience. And I'm glad my experience with Norwegian winters made me pack my skiing pants. The night before we left vi also went to see the castle in Vilnius as well. And with everything still fresh in my memory, this was a great week.