Warm-up for the EuroVision Lab. in Bulgaria: “Mini EuroVisions” at the National Museum of History – The youth “Discovers” Europe

The forthcoming start of the EuroVision Labs. was the occasion for a series of events for the youngest visitors and school students at the National Museum of History. In the framework of the so-called “Mini EuroVisions”, NMH and its EMEE partnerр the Azbukari Associationр implemented the Accessible Knowledge program that enables children and young adults of different minority backgrounds and also children with learning difficulties to participate in a variety of initiatives. History is shown to them in an entertaining and intriguing way, and learning turns into an “experience”. The Bukvariono game (the ABC game) that was designed for this purpose presented eminent Bulgarians from the national history, with detailed descriptions of their achievements in the period when they lived. The set contains 62 playing cards and the book “The Labyrinth of Knowledge in History”, with a lot of information about the Bulgarian history and the key events in it. The game made a direct link to objects from the NMH exhibition that the children had to “discover” by following an outlined “European path” and looking for common European values. A summarizing questionnaire was the tool used to see the achieved results.
The European “thread” was also the thing to discover in a special exhibition – Children and Applied Folk Art – with unique objects produced by the trainees in ethnography and woodcarving in the National Palace of Children (a new partner of NMH). Also, the exhibition presented the school for stonework in Kunino. That is the only school for stonework in Bulgaria. It was started as early as 1921 with the assistance of Czech professors. The objects included 10 sculptures, 8 of which were new pieces of artwork, 2 were copies of ancient marble statues, and 2 limestone steles with universal messages carved on them. At a special discussion, the young audience learned about stonecutting – one of the oldest crafts in Europe, and saw some of the best examples of the Bulgarian and European architectural heritage.
More than 150 children and young adults have participated in entertaining games and workshops since mid April. Mini EuroVisions will finish on 30 June 2015. It will restart with renewed initiatives after the beginning of the new school year on 15 September.