European Intercultural Festival Kicks off in Minsk

A range of events under the European Intercultural Festival aimed at promoting knowledge about the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries started with the German Language class organised by the Youth Education Centre FIALTA, one of the partners of the European Intercultural Festival in Minsk. 
Three volunteers from Germany Thomas Bergmann, Victor Moster, and Elise Schmitt guided regular guests of the organisation as well as newcomers, through basic rules of communication in German.
According to Victor Moster, students enjoyed different games, songs and even a quiz during the class. All takes were related to the European topic of the festival.
The beginners’ group left Fialta after 90 interesting minutes with some basic knowledge of the German language. Greeting someone in German or asking for his name or age should now not be a problem, Victor believes.
Besides working with short new articles about current issues in Europe, the advanced group faced some tricky questions during a European quiz. Thanks to the quiz all participants know now that Estonia is the EU member or that the king of Spain is named Juan Carlos I.
The annual European Intercultural Festival is a joint project by Belarusian and international organisations. The aim of the festival, which is held in May in Minsk and other large Belarusian cities, is to provide Belarusians the possibility to learn more about the history and culture of EU member states and the other states taking part in the Eastern Partnership Initiative – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Organisers: Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels), Office for European Expertise and Communication (Minsk), BISS (Vilnius), Youth Educational Centre Filata (Minsk).
Partners: Liberal club (Minsk), Centre “Third sector” (Hrodna), “Democratic Forum” (Homel), portal “New Europe” (Minsk), Office for Advancement of Initiatives (Minsk), Belarusian NGO “New Faces” (Minsk). 
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