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MEME Vol. 2 Announcement

Presenting MEME Vol. 2 Music Empowerment Mobility and Exchange -

A Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Iceland in August!


 

MEME stands for: “Music Empowerment Mobility and Exchange” and is a collaborative European project which empowers youth to engage in music making and community building. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Youth programme of the European Union.

 

This year, 12 different rock camp organisations across Europe will launch the second edition of MEME, following last year’s successful MEME project.

 

In August 2019, the Icelandic rock camp organisation Stelpur rokka! will host a week long Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Iceland, supporting 60 young people and over 30 leaders and volunteers active in music empowerment across ten countries, to come together, learn instruments, form bands and exchange around community organising and media making.

 

MEME Vol. 2 is led by: Stelpur Rokka (Iceland), in partnership with sending organisations: ATEM (Germany), OPA / Femix (Serbia), Fundacja Pozytywnych Zmian and Stowarzyszenie Kobieca Transsmisja (Poland), Girls Rock Dublin (Ireland), Girls Rock London (UK), Girls Rock! Finland and Rock Donna (Finland), JM / LOUD (Norway), Pink Noise (Austria) and Popkollo (Sweden).

 

All organisations come from the tradition of “girls rock camp”, music and arts based camps where girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a concert at a live music venue. The project is designed and intended for youth with fewer opportunities, and we aim towards making the rock camp an accessible and supportive space for young people who face different hurdles and have diverse needs.

 

Through the MEME Vol. 2 project we can learn from each other by doing, in a very practical and youth centred way. Everyone who participates in the project has an influence on how it will be carried out. We come together to express ourselves, support each other, try new things, create, and have fun. We hope that the bonds and experiences created through the MEME Vol. 2 project will spark further initiatives and create a thriving creative network in Europe, led by young people!


 

Auður Viðarsdóttir, Stelpur Rokka! and MEME Vol. 2 project leader: “Building on our experience from the first edition of MEME, we will continue to carry out the whole project in a truly collaborative manner, where leaders and young people from all participating organisations will contribute to the planning and realization of camp. A special focus this year will be to work towards MEME becoming a youth led project, as well as strengthening the foundations of our European network of rock camps so that it can better serve the needs of the young people and organisers active in youth empowerment through music.”

 

Áslaug Einarsdóttir, executive director of Stelpur Rokka! and MEME Vol. 2 project leader:

“Stelpur rokka! are thrilled to get the chance to host MEME Vol. 2 this year. It is a huge task, but we know by now that the this collective of European rock camp organisers and young people can achieve almost anything. We look forward to engaging our local community in this project, and can’t wait to welcome nearly 100 guests to our little island in the North to make some noise!”


 

For more information on the MEME Vol. 2 project,

contact project coordinator Auður Viðarsdóttir: audur@stelpurrokka.is

Or visit stelpurrokka.is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEME VOL. 1 ANNOUNCEMENT:

Introducing Music Empowerment Mobility Exchange (MEME), a collaborative European project which empowers youth to engage in music making and community building.

 

Supporting over 110 people active in music and music empowerment across ten countries, who will come together to learn instruments, form bands and exchange around community organising and storytelling through media making, MEME features a Planning Visit to Berlin in June, the MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin, Germany in July 2018 and a MEME Seminar and Network Exchange in Belgrade, Serbia in September 2018.

 

Backed by the Erasmus Plus programme and spanning seven months, MEME is led by Stelpur Rokka, Iceland in partnership with hosting organisations Ruby Tuesday e.V, Germany and OPA / Femix, Serbia and sending organisations Fundacja Pozytywnych Zmian, Poland; Girls Rock Dublin, Ireland; Girls Rock London, UK; Girls Rock! Finland, Finland; JM / LOUD, Norway; Pink Noise, Austria; Popkollo, Sweden and Stowarzyszenie Kobieca Transsmisja, Poland. All organisations come from the tradition of “girls rock camp”, music and arts based camps where girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a concert at a live music venue and are members of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

 

For more information on the MEME project visit here.

 

After successfully securing €110,000 from the Erasmus Plus Youth programme of the European Union, having scored 90/100 in its bid, this new and ambitious collaboration will promote gender equality and combat discrimination through an intersectional, anti-discrimination approach to empowerment through music and creativity.

 

Auður Viðarsdóttir, Stelpur Rokka! and MEME project leader: Facilitating artistic and social exchange across European and international borders is essential to our long term goal of transforming music scenes and society now and tomorrow by advancing participation of girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people. Through both the MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin, Germany and the MEME Seminar and Network Exchange in Belgrade, Serbia we intend to accelerate this process.

 

Maebh Murphy, vice chairperson of Ruby Tuesday and MEME project leader: We look forward to hosting the first MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin this July and working alongside other like-minded organisations active in youth empowerment through music and creativity with the intention of fostering new attitudes towards creative processes and developing power through each other.

            

 

Auður Viðarsdóttir (Stelpur Rokka!, Iceland)

audurvid@gmail.com

Skype: audurvidarsdottir

 

Maebh Murphy (Ruby Tuesday e.V., Germany)

maebh@rubytuesdaymusic.de

Mobile Phone: 00 49 157 39578571

Skype: maebhcheasty