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Stop the silence! – International Youth Summit

Past Event

Celebrating the culmination of Weather Stations, an 18-month long European project placing literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change.

Students from around the world will gather at internationales literaturfestival berlin to present some of the creative writing they have produced throughout the project and speak about their experiences working with a writer in residence in their school.

Harnessing the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of our threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently, Weather Stations brought together five partners from across the world – internationales literaturfestival berlin, Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw, Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin and The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and Free Word in London. Each organisation established a Weather Station at their cultural institution and a Sub-Station at a local school – facilitating workshops and activities that engaged students in key questions about living with our changing climate. Work at the Sub-Stations explored how, in a materialistic world geared towards creating young consumers, we nurture responsible young citizens, with the knowledge, inspiration and tools to fight for a sustainable future.

Featuring students from: Footscray City College, Australia; The General Education School Complex, Poland; Colaiste de Hide, Mount Seskin Community College and Firhouse Community College, Ireland; Arts and Media School, Islington, UK; The Sophie Scholl School and Romain-Rolland-School, Germany.

The Weather Stations writers in residence were Tony Birch, Australia; Jaś Kapela, Poland; Oisin McGann, Ireland; Xiaolu Guo, UK; Mirko Bonné, Germany.

To reserve tickets for this event please email weatherstations@literaturfestival.com

This event is part of 'Weather Stations', a project made possible with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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