Date(s) - 18/08/2021 - 26/08/2021
Isola del Liri
The “EMUN + Natural Urban Minds Plus” project was planned by some young members of the Arts in Rome association who share the interest for art and their city.
EMUN + was created to promote reflection on the values related to active citizenship and how these values represent an essential element to counter and prevent the onset of phenomena of social marginalization and urban degradation. As analyzed by the 2016 European Urban Agenda Europe is a continent characterized by a high degree of urbanization: about half of the population currently lives in urban areas with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Cities play a fundamental role in the social, economic and cultural life of Europe as the main engines of economic growth.
At the same time, however, they suffer, in the urban peripheries, from the most serious problems that afflict modern society (including degradation and marginalization). In this context, young people are often one of the most penalized categories, finding themselves living not only in areas with low economic and employment potential, but also in reality with an absent playful cultural offer.
The resolution of problems related to social exclusion and urban decay therefore represents a European challenge, which needs to be tackled globally, also taking into account that young people themselves (victims of such critical situations) can, if adequately involved and educated for active citizenship represent the solution to the problem. It is no coincidence that in Europe there have already been some youth initiatives carried out at the local level to revitalize some urban areas and to transform areas of severe degradation into places for comparison and dialogue with others in which inspiration and creativity can be expressed.
EMUN + was inspired by these stories with the intention of making own personal contribution in combating urban decay by promoting the active participation of young people.
Participants were from Romania , Lithuania , Armenia , Italy , Azerbaijan , Poland and Slovakia . There were 5 participants from each country.