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The project “Discover yourself through art!” was conceived as a Youth Exchange, to offer 30 youngsters coming from five countries – Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic – the chance to meet in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Within eight days of exchange and two for travelling (from July 13th until July 22nd 2016) the project will provide young people with an opportunity to discuss how Europe supports art, what are the rights of people in this industry and how as young European citizens they can help achieving cooperation, innovation and integration through art and culture, both on a local and international level. The main idea of the exchange is to promote cooperation between young people involved in the art field, in order to contribute to the cohesion, tolerance

and mutual understanding, in a general context of intercultural harmony. Our NGO aims to attract for this project young people involved or interested in activities related to theater, art and culture. Through planned activities and thanks to creative and artistic methods, the attention of all actors (leaders and participants) will be focused on building a more welcoming and respectful framework for young people as part of the big European family. The main support to achieve this goal will come mostly from the presence of specific work methods: work in thematic groups with cultural activities such

as theater, music and dance, interactive role-playing games and workshops, presentations, indoor and outdoor creative and artistic activities to acquire new knowledge and skills in the art field, intercultural evenings, visiting cultural and historical sites, meetings with local groups and musical groups, discussions on current youth issues, debates.

PARTNERS COUNTRIES: Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE: 5 + 1 group leader. A total of 6 participants per organization: 5 aged between 18-30, 1 group leader without age limit.

DEAD LINE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM : 10 June, 2016. Please send us the application form to this email:

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The Focus- European Centre for Development is a non profit association located in Pazardjik (BG) and it is registered according to the decision of the District Court of the city.

The members of the association are specialists/experts and public figures united around the ideas of promoting people’s right to live in a supportive environment, involving youth in public life and strengthening principles of civic responsibility and democracy.

Focus’s range of action covers Pazardjik area and it is guided by a steering committee.


1.To create a European community of pupils, teachers and parents that will support the social integration and professional development of adolescents;

2. To cooperate with local authorities in implementing trainings and experiments concerning different social issues on the basis of public interest;

3. To promote solidarity and tolerance among the local public in order to stimulate social cohesion in the European Union;

4. To encourage participation of all citizens in social life and to strengthen the links between local groups, schools, businesses and the Municipality;

5. To involve the youth in activities of personal and social development;

7. To provide activities and organize events aimed at restoring and improving the quality of environment

8. To improve the wellbeing of persons with disabilities, acceptance by their families, and socializing amongst their peers, colleagues, friends, and community in which they live;

9 To establish an environment in which the youth with disabilities can be involved in activities aimed at their future development;

10. to prevent negative social phenomena, such as crime, violent behaviour, drug addiction, prostitution and xenophobia, from spreading amongst the youth;

All the objectives of Focus Association are discussed by a team of specialists and other members of the association, such as teachers, psychologists, social workers, therapists, computer specialists, graphic designers, parents and other members of the community. All work together towards public welfare in cooperation with the local authorities of Pazardjik.

The Target group of the Focus Association includes Bulgarian non profit organizations (NGOs) (operating in all the different areas of the social sector), professionals of education, organizations and institutions working with children with special educational needs (disabled children or children without parental care), schools, kindergartens and NGOs from other parts of the world willing to partner with Bulgarian organizations. This target group also includes teachers, specialists, parents, young people, people with disabilities and other citizens supporting the mission of the association.


All the objectives of the Association “Focus - European Center for Development” are being discussed by a team of specialists, by the members of the association - teachers, psychologists, social workers, therapeutist, computer specialists, graphic designers, parents, public. All the members work together on the same cause of public welfare and cooperate with local authorities and several offices in the territory of Pazardjik.

Target group:

Target group with which the Association “Focus - European Center for Development” works include Bulgarian non-profit organizations (NGOs) operating in each of the areas of social sector, education and NGOs from other parts of the world, willing to cooperate with Bulgaria. Organizations and institutions working with children with special educational needs, disabled, children without parental care, and mainstream schools and kindergartens. Teachers, specialists, parents, supporters, youth, persons with disabilities, public and other citizens supporting the mission of the Association.

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