Nantes and European project holders gathered for 3 days in Nantes
The 6th edition of NCG Forum welcomed significantly big number of projects from Nantes. In total 9 initiatives from the metropolis (that deal with such themes as environment, media, culture etc.) were represented during the meeting.
During 3 days they had the opportunity to exchange with the representatives of 19 European projects from 15 different countries and (almost) the same amount of cities: Athens, Vilnius, Amsterdam, Bristol, Warsaw, Tbilisi, Ghent, Ljubjana, Gijon, Sarrbrücken, Chisinau, etc.
All these participants are now part of the NCG network that gathers since 2009 young engaged European citizens. The network, that continues to grow, consists today of more than 250 participants!
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Diverse and tight programme
2014 NCG edition offered reinforced programme that was better adapted to the needs of our participants. During 3 days their work focused on meeting different projects (mainly around special furniture made from recyclable materials by the association ECOS) and preparation of transnational projects.
In the participants’ programme:
- Exchange of experience gained with their local projects
- Learning skills to extend their initiatives with European dimension
- City visits
- Moments of leisure and cultural discoveries
Workshops dedicated to the creation of projects
Big part of the programme of the Forum was dedicated to the workshops and work in smaller groups, mainly around creation and organisation of transnational projects: methods, tools, networks, partners, etc. All the workshops were prepared and animated by the partner associations of NCG.
Among the many activities of NCG programme this year: visit of the city-centre and guided tour at Solilab, new facility in Nantes dedicated to development of Social innovation and solidarity economy. Participants could exchange with the staff, discover the rooms and the organisation of work of the structure.
NCG on Tour 2014 presentation
The Forum also welcomed the young people from Nantes who participated in NCG on Tour. During the summer of 2013, three small groups independently visited Rhodes (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tbilisi (Georgia) to meet former participants of the Forum and members of the NCG network. The Forum was an opportunity for them to share their experience and present the report they produced after their trip.
NCG Cooperation Award 2013-2014 ceremony
The Forum was also a possibility to present laureate projects of the NCG Cooperation Award 2013-2014 – Maud Nys for the project Graine de Jardin, and Alexandre Loquet for the project Confluents.
Representatives of Art Bridges project, at that time in Tbilisi, were able to present their initiative and assist at the award ceremony thanks to a videoconference session.
Each of the 3 laureates received NCG Cooperation award trophy from Karine DANIEL, Vice-president of Nantes Méropole, Deputy Mayor of Nantes in charge of Higher Education, Research, Europe and International relations.