2008 workshops

1: Romania (February)
2: Holon, Israel (February 17-21)
3: Helsinki, Finland (February 18-22 )
4: Cairo, Egypt (February 20-24)
5: Krško, Laško, Slovenia (February 25-29 )
6: Munich, Germany (March 24-28)
7: Košice, Slovakia ( April 2- 6)
8: Amorgos, Greece (April 7th)
9: Beekbergen, Netherlands (April 7-11)
10: Yerevan, Armenia (April 9-13)
11: Berlin, Germany (April 21-25)
12: Lasi, Romania (April 25)
13: Bratislava, Slovakia (30 April- 4 May)
14: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 12-16 )
15: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (May 21-25)
16: Baia Mare, Romania (June 16)
17: Astana, Kazakhstan (July 21-25)
18: Krško, Slovenia (July 24-30 )
19: Dublin, Ierland (14-18 July)
20: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (8-12 July)
21: Bujumbura, Burundi (August 27-31)
22: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (September 29 - October 3)
23: Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (October 26-30)
24: Abuja, Nigeria (13-17 November)
25: Warsaw, Poland (18-23 November)

A few years ago, UNICEF Ethiopia launched the Speak Africa initiative, designed to provide platforms for young people across Africa to express their views and opinions through art and politics. Knowing there was already a vibrant community of creative and talented young people, UNICEF decided to bring a oneminutesjr. workshop to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From 21-25 May, at the Addis Ababa Golf Club, 18 young people picked up camera and story skills and made one minutes about “Identity and Image.” The workshop was led by Amsterdam artists Merel van t Hullenaar and Judith Leysner. Before the workshop, kids were asked to think about their identities and the identity of their country. What does it mean to be an African, to be an Ethiopian? How do people perceive you and who do you want to be? These questions came with a new movement about “rebranding Africa,” from the former stereotypes (such as pictures of poor babies with flies around them) to a new persona. The kids took this task very seriously and many made films embodying their pride for being Ethiopian. From traditional coffee ceremonies to becoming an architect, their videos showed not only who they were as individuals but how they fit into a larger culture that is quickly moving forward. The kids made movie posters advertising their films, which were on display at the first screening. They also prepared an entertaining variety show before the screening. Although the first screening was interrupted by technical problems, the films were eventually screened at UNICEF House to a crowd of friends, family and other filmmakers. The films were also presented, along with other African one minute videos, during the celebrations of the Day of the African Child on 16 June. For more information, contact Karen Cirillo