Culture has the power to transform societies’ vision, strengthen local communities and forge a sense of identity and belonging for people of all ages, but especially for the younger generation. As a vector for youth development and civic engagement, culture plays an essential role in promoting sustainable socio-economic development for future generations. This program aims to stimulate young peoples’ exploration of the countless ways how culture and creative arts can benefit to their daily social and economic life as well as become a powerful tool for positive change.
Youth can act as a bridge between cultures, between tradition and modernity, and serve as key agents in promoting intercultural understanding, dialogue, diversity and tolerance, enabling an environment propitious to peace and shared values. They are full of dreams and passion on one side, and on the other side they have the energy and capacity to become an engine for cultural changes at a local and national scale. In order to do so, they should be supported and encouraged to experiment with their passions, talents, release their full creative potential, exchange with peers from other countries to open minds and thus, change the world through arts and culture.
Important progress has been made in this regard in Tirana, but much can still be done to further maximize the potential of culture and arts as a vector for youth development and civic engagement.
Our program includes a series of artistic and educational activities, festivals and exchange programs that promote multiculturalism through exploring different traditions and values in the European region, highlighting how young people can influence the culture of a society.