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Alex Leith

in Brighton

From Romania With Love

PRESENTED ON OCT 12, 2016
IN BRIGHTON @ VOL 25

For his second PechaKucha, author, journalist and editor, Alex Leith shares his new found love of Romania, whilst there on Honeymoon and just after 51.9% of Britain decide they want to divorce Europe...

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From rugby to social empowerment in Romania

BY LUCIAN MIRCESCU
@ VOL 26 ON APR 09, 2015

Lucian Mircescu is actively involved in development matters in Romania. A few years ago, he launched the Rugby Club Aurora Baicoi Foundation, which he is using now as a social development platform.

Last year he organised the club's first summer school, where he spent one week with children from 8-14, teaching them maths and English with Duolingo and the Khan Academy.

It's a project that is gaining more and more attention. His story can be one of social empowerment and community participation in the context of the Romanian migration taking place after the country gained European Union membership.

Some of the children in the club simply grow up without any parents, who are working abroad. The children are rarely encouraged to focus on their education and to pursue careers that require studying - which only repeats an eventual poverty cycle. 

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Secret Life in a Ska Band

BY HANNA MAWBEY
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 12, 2016

Hanna Mawbey shares her tales of life in a 9 piece ska band: from the logistics of fitting all the band members in a vehicle to releasing independent records and running with a fancy dress theme!  Plus the more serious matter of fighting bigotry in whatever guise it takes.

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What Europe could learn from nerds

BY VALENTIN CALOMME
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

The European Union is facing a crisis. A large part of the population either does not understand it, finds it intrusive, or even thinks that it is simply not needed, sometimes all of the above. Thankfully, nerds are here to help, says Valentin Calomme. Not with a magical app or piece of software, but with the wisdom of mathematics.

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Improvisation: If you could call Europe, what would you say?

BY PECHAKUCHA NIGHT MAASTRICHT
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

In this improvisation on random slides, four volunteers from the audience got five slides each and skillfully improvised on the question: "If you could call Europe, what would you say?"

As none of them had seen the slides in advance, the sense of challenge and the high level of surprise greatly entertained the audience. 

A big thank you to Cristian Tala Sánchez, Osiris Hoepel, Cathy Kwanten and Fjære van der Stok for their participation!

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#FreeInterrail: Saving Europe by travelling

BY VINCENT-IMMANUEL HERR
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

Imagine yourself turning 18 and finding a personalised letter from the European Union in your mailbox. In it: a voucher to travel Europe. Your life will change! Europe is facing many problems - a lot of them have to do with people not knowing or understanding each other.

Imagine what a Europe we could build together, if all future generations were enabled to explore and experience European cultural diversity and beauty first-hand. #FreeInterrail advocates for just that.

In this presentation Vincent-Immanuel Herr invites us to join the movement and make sure that all EU youth are empowered to become Europeans out of experience. 

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Visions through a unifying flag

BY FEDERICO FARACI
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 13, 2017

In a recent project, physicist and artist Federico Faraci focused his thoughts, ranging from social changes that are currently taking place in Europe and the World in general, all the way to the connection of each of us with the universe, to design a new flag for Europe, reflecting openness and and a welcoming society.

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We're All in This Together

BY LYNDSAY MORRIS
@ VOL 14 ON AUG 23, 2018

Lyndsay Morris turned the loss of a loved one into an opportunity for hope and eternal optimism.

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Timisoara, Romania - European Capital of Culture - 2021

BY MR. DAN DIACONU
@ EU JAPAN FEST ECOC 2019, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON FEB 21, 2019

At EU JapanFest's annual presenter symposium at Bellesalle Iidabashi ekimae in Tokyo, Mr. Dan Diaconu from the Timisoara delegation shares about his city and its upcoming year as a European Capital of Culture in 2021.

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Swinging Europe

BY STEEN MIKKELSEN
@ VOL 40 ON MAY 22, 2019

Steen Mikkelsen is Project Manager of Swinging Europe, which is an international organization that works to nurture and grow talent and traditions within music. Among other things, they brought 3 Danish bands to a large concert event in Milan, where they got a chance to showcase their country.
We were also fortunate enough to get a quick rundown of the coming events hosted by Swinging Europe and NIMPE.