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German and Ukranian stonemasons hard at work in the old town of Lviv, Ukraine

19 July, 2017:

Led by expert stonemason and sculptor Dirk Brüggemann-Bulgakow, young German and Ukrainian stonemasons began restoration work on the facade of a historic building in the old town of Lviv, Ukraine this week. This type of project was conducted very successfully in previous years. The building is centrally located and public interest is high. In addition to learning modern restoration techniques and craftsmanship skills, the young stonemasons are also getting to know the city, the country and the residents. Collaborating on what is their joint cultural heritage, especially at the intersection of art and craftsmanship, is particularly enriching for the development of the participants both as young adults and as craftsmen. This project is organized by Dr. Lydia Thorn Wickert  and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.




“Friendly Monsters” in Georgia – A colorful new playground and outdoor community space opens in Bolnisi, Georgia

14 July, 2017:

A newly opened playground and outdoor community space in the city of Bolnisi in Georgia combines the best aspects of art, craftsmanship, vocational training and volunteer work. Here, Joerg Schulze worked with unemployed youth to create a wooden structure that benefits the local community. Most of the design and construction work was done by the adolescents. During the project, they learned woodworking basics, machine handling and the value of teamwork.  The Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung initiated the project to support these young people during a difficult phase of their lives in the context of the year of Georgian-German friendship. This project is supported by the German Embassy Tbilisi and the city of Bolnisi.