Falkor presentation in Simplon
Falkor I.C.Y. and 'Nieuwe Garde' are presenting a Caucasus evening in Cultural Youth Centre 'Simplon' in Groningen, Thursday 31 March
You are welcome from 20.00 in the 'Silicon Lounge' (first floor) at Boterdiep 69, Groningen.
1. Introduction by Falkor
2. The idea behind Falkor: The Neverending Story, short presentation by Yeva Sargsyan, Armenian volunteer for Falkor
3. Video documentary 'Orphaned Sources', about 'lost' radioactive waste in Georgia
In June 2003 police in Tbilisi, Georgia (South Caucasus) seized a taxi which was transporting radioactive sources Cesium and Strontium. The owner of the vehicle said, he knew nothing about the contents of the freight. Even a tiny fraction of a curie of strontium, if inhaled or ingested, can cause cancer.
This is an example of the so-called orphaned sources: radioactive materials that are lying around in Georgia, a former Soviet republic. They have been found in forests and rivers, and in the city. Some of these materials were left behind by the Soviet army, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, some found their way to Georgia via illegal trading. In Caucasus places where nuclear waste is stored have not always been well regulated. Large amounts of waste have been stolen by soldiers and citizens, hoping to make money out of it. In 1997 eleven Georgian soldiers were exposed to radiation and made seriously ill. In winter 2002, three residents of Tsalenjikha, western Georgia, suffered severe injuries due to exposure to a strontium source.
The issue radioactive pollution is politically sensitive in Caucasus countries. Governments seem to be closing up about the subject and information is difficult to obtain. Moreover, since 11th of September the subject radioactive materials is also being connected to 'the war on terrorism' (Georgia is neighbor of Chechnya) and illegal trading of sources
How do radioactive substances affect citizens and environment? Severe accidents happened last years. Still radioactive sources are missing. What is being done to improve the safety of Georgian people?
4. Video documentary 'Aerials', about the rock bands exchange project in September 2004 with young musicians from Netherlands, Denmark, Georgia and Armenia
The in total more then 30 young rock musicians and film makers came together in the city of Groningen and in mixed groups they made new songs, video clips and performed at the end of their stay. The final concert took place on Friday 24 September in 'Simplon', Groningen. The night before they played in the 'ORKZ'. The audience was surprised to see and hear such a special combination of traditional and modern pop music from western Europe and Caucasus.
These 10 days formed a basis for future cooperation between the participants from the four countries and between concert organizers and the musicians of the different countries.
We intend to organize the second part of the exchange project next year in autumn in Georgia. The Caucasus Center of Contemporary Art will be the host organization and plans to organize a festival in Tbilisi in which the Danish, Dutch and Armenian participants will be invited.
5.Presentation about Armenia and the recently openened 'BEM' youth cultural centre in Yerevan, Armenia by one of the initiators
In the current state of things, youth culture is marginalized, without an opportunity to be seen or heard. BEM will be the platform from which we speak.
BEM aims to activate youth to become part of Armenia's emerging civil society, to empower youth and make them realize that they have the power to change their situation and civil society through the establishment of a Youth Progressive Action Centre. The centre will provide youth with resources, like computers and internet access, photography and video training and equipment, an electronic and print library, a show space for art, concerts and screening, a meeting place, and above all an outlet for youth culture.
Because without the youth culture there is no culture, no youth, no normal society, no normal state, no normal nation!
7.Live music by Arthur Barseghyan and Yeva Sargsyan from Armenia