A youth exchange like no other

« Real Love & True Utopia. 1968 revisited »


From the 7th till the 17th of October in Kalamata (Greece): 60 youngsters from 9 European countries spoke about love for 10 days!

And indeed, there was a lot of love during the exchange « Real Love & True Utopia »!

Created by the youth association Europäische Jugendbildungs & Begegnungsstätte in Weimar, Germany, this is the second stage of this project and took place recently in Kalamata, Greece. The first one put together the same countries (Germany, France, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal and Romania) in order to work on the sexual liberation movements of the Seventies and on the concept of love in the intimacy and in society. Original topic? Probably yes, but it’s part of our everyday lives.

The participants approved this topic that is rarely discussed in our everyday lives.  In Kalamata, this subject allowed to explore the issue of love through the ages, love in contemporary society and self-love and self-esteem. It gave the chance to discuss about gender, discrimination and consent and about all the different kind of love: family, friends, lovers, partners, polyamorous, etc.  Does this topic seem already vast for you? Try to imagine comparing the expression of French love with that of Italy or of Romania! This topic can be discussed and developed in infinite ways.

Thanks to the Greek organization K.A.N.E, the 60 participants had the chance to have access to brand new multifunctional spaces, and to enjoy a warm welcome in the beautiful city of Kalamata, in southern Peloponnese! They also met the volunteers of the social hospital of the town, the elected members of the association created by the local Roma community and youngsters of the Friday for future movement of Kalamata. These ten days have been full of emotions!

You too can choose your favorite topic and participate in a Erasmus+ youth exchange that will change your life!!