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Greetings after summer

ACCAC has had many things happening during the past summer that look far into the future. In the early summer annual meeting, a new board was formed. At the end of June, there was a creative residency in Cesena, Italy for the Game On! Creative Europe project. In July, we got the news that another big Creative Europe project was accepted. We will tell you more about it in due time. In August, we opened the Open Minds Erasmus + project, whose sessions will continue in September and will culminate in October with a satellite event organized in five countries.



The Game On! Creative Residency in Cesena at the end of June was amazing. Experts and cultural professionals from five countries developed new tools for cultural education of 6-11-year-old children using gamification. ACCAC Finland and our Finnish participants shared the stage with participants from Greece, Italy and the Netherlands.

The experts worked in three groups, each with its own main theme: inclusion, peace and sustainable development. At the end of the creative residency, we got acquainted with the first versions of the gamification innovations.

On behalf of the city of Cesena, Elisabetta Bovero, director of the Malatestian Library, spoke at the event. The article was published in the culture section of Cesena Today newspaper.

In September, the first Game On! prototype will be completed on the Minecraft platform. It is currently being worked on by a professional team. In the autumn, test workshops will be carried out for children and teachers in each project country. Based on the feedback received from them, the game will be polished to its final form and the Game On! closing event will take place in Tampere on 10-11 April 2024.

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The first session of the Open Minds Erasmus+ project was on August 15 at the University of Tampere

Kirsi Mustalahti says: “In the Open Minds Erasmus+ project, we reflect on what radical inclusion is and how to promote it. A person’s characteristic or cultural background does not isolate an individual from the community. Isolation is done by poorly designed services, general attitudes and the hidden structures behind them. It would be important to consider from the outset how the environment can be built to better serve accessibility and equality.” We have a lot to understand. The first meeting was attended by a cheerful crowd of people from the university’s TACCU and ACCAC. TACCU is a multidisciplinary unit at the University of Tampere that conducts research and training related to accessibility. There was also a wide range of experience experts from various supported workshops, assistants and experts, as well as students interested in the program from at least Vietnam and Pakistan.

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Participants follow an inclusive video. Photographer Sari Soininen.

The project culminates in the Creative Innovation Lab satellite on October 9-14, where 50 participants from each project country will work on innovations in local groups and joint sessions online. The satellite will involve an amazing 250 young people from five countries.
The week includes amazing presentations from the world’s leading innovators and experts. Six 18-30 year old participants from each partner will go to a creative lab in Umeå.

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The photo shows Jouko Enkelnotko aka Angel Del. Photographer Sari Soininen ACCESS Tampere Festival 2023.

International congress in Korea

ACCAC is going to Korea to organize an event and participate in an international congress after mid-October. The delegation includes, in addition to ACCAC representatives, artists Jouko Enkelnotko from Tampere and Aizhan Sultan, a Kazakh singer, songwriter and activist living in Helsinki.
The delegation will participate in the Won-ACCAC congress in Seoul on 20.10., from where the journey will continue to the city of Iksan. There, an event will be organized in cooperation with Wonkgwang University. The event is already the third of its kind in cooperation. The first joint event took place in 2016 and the next one in 2019. The visit program also includes business meetings and networking and weaving long-term plans with Korean partners. The goal is to organize regular visit programs for professionals in Finland and Korea in the future.

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Kirsi Mustalahti on Hanbok at the K-CON event in Hämeenlinna.

The cooperation that started in 2010 has created rich fruit and made possible, among other things, that ACCAC currently has over 30 beautiful and magnificent traditional Korean Hanbok clothes that can be borrowed to experience the Korean experience.

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Dayron Napoles Rubant presents the Open Minds cards. Photographer Sari Soininen.

New board

The board met and organized immediately after the summer. Kirsi Mustalahti continues as the chairperson of ACCAC Finland, Anniina Lehtipuu continues as the vice-chairperson and treasurer. Dayron Napoles Rubant, who led the ACCESS Tampere Festival, was elected as the secretary of the board. Futurist/future researcher Sari Stenfors was elected as the development manager and Sasu Paakkunainen serves as the IT support person and deputy member. The other deputy member is Janna Hakala. Otherwise, the association’s team also includes cultural multi-talent Kirsi-Kaisa Sinisalo writing newsletters and interesting articles.

An equal and international end of summer for all.

Best wishes from the ACCAC team

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