EDERED History

The idea grow out of an initiative put forward by the Council of Europe in a seminar hosted by Sweden in Eskilstuna in 1979 under the title, “Children and Culture in Contemporary Europe”. Out of this seminar was born the Council of Europe’s Children’s Drama Encounter. And since then, Encounters have been held in different countries in Europe. The first Children’s Encounter however took place in 1982; the first Youth Encounter was held in 1987.

Ester Mischler: “A seminar of the Council of Europe – and what became out of it” (excerpt)

ENCOUNTERS 1979 – 2022

Year Place Type of encounter Theme  
1979 Eskilstuna, Sweden Council of Europe Seminar “Children and Culture in Contemporary Europe”  
1982 La Marlagne, Belgium Children   link
1984 Neuchatel, Switzerland Children    
1986 Vordingborg, Denmark Children “Children and Everyday Life”  
1987 Stratford, Great Britain Youth    
1988 Vienna, Austria Children “Tower of Babel”  link
1989 Bonn, Germany Youth “Discover Another Country”  link
1990 Echternach, Luxembourg Children “Tribes – Bridges and Breaking Barriers”  link
1991 Dublin, Ireland Youth “Alivealive-O”  link
1992 Békéscsaba, Hungary Children “You see best with your heart”  link
1994 Valetta, Malta Children “The Sea—A Lifeline”  link
1995 Ankara, Turkey Youth “Sanata Evet / Yes to Art”  link
1996 Hannover, Germany Children “Nature, Technic and Children”  link
1997 Besancon, France Youth  “l’innovation”  link
1998 Helsinki, Finland Children  “Time”  link
1999 Vienna, Austria Evaluation Congress “20 years’ evaluation”  
2000 Jerusalem, Israel Youth “Communication”  link
2001 Viljandi, Estonia Children “Bridges”  link
2002 Budapest, Hungary Youth “Changes”  
2003 Pazin, Croatia Children “Journey”  link
2004 Vienna, Austria Youth “Space”  link
2005 Cork, Ireland Children “Dreamtime”  link
2006 Lingen, Germany General Assembly Meeting
2007 Helsinki, Finland Alumni Seminar “EDERED Future”  
2008 Paris, France General Assembly Meeting
2009 Zvenigorod, Russia Children “Play without limits”  link
2010 Lingen, Germany General Assembly Meeting
2011 Kasterlee, Belgium/Flanders Children “Kaleidoscope”  link
2012 Seferihisar, Turkey Children “Slowness”  link
2013 Ipswich, Great Britain Youth “Tribes”  link
2014 Brussel, Belgium General Assembly Meeting
2015 Rüdlingen, Switzerland  Youth “Eyes full of colours and secrets”  link
2016 Joachimsthal, Germany
Gryfino/Maszewo, Poland
Youth “Fluid Boundaries”  link
2017 Aalborg, Denmark Children “Tivoli”  link
2018 Toulouse, France Youth “Great Explorers”  link
2019 Hanko, Finland Youth “It’s my nature  link
2021 Osijek, Croatia
Turgi (Switzerland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Thessaloniki (Greece)

(Hybrid model of the Encounter)

“Urban Jungle”  link
2022 Osijek, Croatia Youth “220V”  
2023 Orfü, Hungary Youth “Seeking the Way” link

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