Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue in Olsztyn
The second Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue took place in the first week of September in Olsztyn, Poland. This year, under the umbrella of the Polish Presidency, the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Koerber Foundation held a week-long programme in cooperation with the Foundation Borussia and the Warmian-Masurian Voivoidship under the title “Homeland reconsidered – new loyalties and redefined identities in Europe”. The number of participants doubled from last year, so fifty young people represented 19 countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Isreal, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Russian Federation, including Kaliningrad, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The participants attended workshops in either film-making, photography or storytelling and over the course of the programme created a respective presentation of their journey.

The event was opened by Kornelia Kurowska, the President of Foundation Borussia and kicked off with a high-level panel, including Gustaw Marek Brzezin, Marshall of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodship and Grzegorz Poznanski, Deputy Director in European Policy Department, MFA Poland, on behalf of the Polish Presidency and Klaus Zillikens, Minister Councillor and Head of Northern Europe Division, MFA Germany, discussing the themes of the programme: homeland, hirstory and identity. In the second panel, the two founder organisations of the Youth Dialogue were introduced by Jan Lundin, Director General of the CBSS Secretariat and Dr. Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board of Körber Foundation, highlighting the importance of international cooperation.
36 photos · 57 views