He-art Project came to End




Sources of funding: EU projects, EACEA, Europe for Citizens

Status – phase: FINAL PHASE

Start: JANUARY 2018

Planned completion: AUGUST 1, 2019

Location: 8 international locations: Vače (Slovenia), Larissa (Greece), Medina del Campo (Spain), Rieti (Italy), Örkelljunga (Sweden), Sandanski (Bulgaria), Samonac (France), Tirana (Albania)


Partners: The Society for Development and Security of GEOSS (Slovenia), Civil Society Support Society (Slovenia), Integration for Alla (Sweden), Bashkia Lezhe (Albania), Shoqata Shqiptare e Ambjentalist industriale (Albania), Dimos Lariseon (Greece) , Ayuntamiento de Medina del Campo (Spain), Obshtina Sandanski (Bulgaria), Sdruzhenie Yuni partners (Bulgaria), Mata-malam (France), Comitato 10 Febbraio (Italy) and Comune di Rieti (Italy).

Project description:

The project HEART OF EUROPE, HE-ART, originates from the mission of GEOSS, from the central point of the heart of Slovenia. In 1981, the mission of GEOSS was formed by the leading builder of this heart: the initiator Jože Dernovšek and the author, Peter Svetik. They wanted to create a point that would ensure the connection, friendship, compassion and mutual acceptance of all people, regardless of their differences, ways of thinking and belonging, by learning and accepting the mental components of their national structure. International expansion of the project in 2012 with the International Day of Friendship – “Crow’s flight”, designed by Anka Kolenc.

Partner organizations from seven countries are involved in the project (in addition to Slovenia: ItalyFranceAlbaniaBulgariaSwedenSpainGreece). The project is intended for international cooperation and the creation and establishment of a permanent network of “HEART POINTS” with features that emerge from the noble mission of GEOSS. Each international cultural heart point will be a creative center in which cultural events will be planned, created, executed and performed, cultural events that will promote heart values ​​such as acceptance of diversity, understanding, humanity, friendship and solidarity, hearty integration while preserving and promoting their identity , compassion and sustainable survival on Earth – at the personal, national and international level. With the network Heart of Europe, HE-ART we will create an example of cultural tourism, and in each of the partner countries, establish pulse of the heart point that will work for the town, city, for the country, and for international cooperation and integration, which has a special mark in the year of European cultural heritage. Among other things, we will also address the problems of youth, unemployment, globalization, immigration, European citizenship, Euroscepticism, stigmatization of emigrants and other problems with which our lives are interwined.

Project goals:

  • Implementation of 6 international project events
  • Awareness and dissemination of the precious heart values ​​of GEOSS
  • Identify your cultural heritage and identity
  • Create an example of cultural tourism
  • Create 8 international cultural heart points
  • To create an exemplary identity of European citizenship
  • Write a brochure on the establishment of international heart points in 8 countries, namely: in Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Sweden, France, Albania and Italy
  • Creating a website
  • Translation of all project products into English and all partner languages
  • Sign a memorandum on permanent and sustainable international cooperation with 13 project partners

 Project activities:

  • Organization and technical and substantive preparation for the implementation of six project events
  • Professional support in the development of eight international heart points
  • Writing articles on projects and events
  • Professional lectures,
  • Documentary recording
  • Recording and presenting the film Jemima
  • Creating a chat quiz
  • Creating a website
  • Preparation of the project calendar for 2019
  • theatre workshops,
  • art and sculptural workshops,
  • presentations,
  • tourist guidance,
  • Tours,
  • Round tables,
  • expert talks on project implementation,
  • critical analysis,
  • interactive tours of films and work productions,
  • active participation in international festivals,
  • translation of content into English and all partner languages





The first event in Vače was attended by 37 international guests from seven countries: Albania 9, Bulgaria: 6, Greece: 5, Sweden: 2, France: 3, Italy: 8 and Spain: 4.

There were 102 local participants.

A brief description of the activities: All of the partners presented their countries, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, cultural heritage, national symbols, identity, and culinary arts. We gained knowledge about each other and about specific problems that affect the country of each individual partner. We learned about Euroscepticism and the importance of art, volunteering, and mutual understanding in times of crisis in order to overcome the stigmatization of immigrants. NGOs became acquainted with immigrant integration strategies. Partners also learned a lot about GEOSS as an example of good practice for friendship, for peace, and for mutual understanding. With the interactive artistic presentation of the cultural heritage of the ethnological village of Slivna, we became acquainted with an example of cultural tourism. By presenting culinary art, discovering natural heritage, history, and art, we came to identify a  way to connect with other people to prevent stigmatization. We watched the film Here Comes Jemima, which is thematically related to this, and made a draft of the project logo. We determined that we want a European citizenship in which all the identities of the European nations would be represented.




Participation: The second event in Greece was attended by 37 international guests from seven countries: Albania: 12, Bulgaria: 7, Slovenia: 6, Sweden: 2, France: 3, Italy: 5 and Spain: 2

There were 104 local participants.

A brief description of the activities: We have deepened our knowledge and understanding of Larissa, of Greece, and of our host. Under the direction of the Mata-Malam Theater, we created a short film about compassion. We learned how a cultural event can promote European values, such as: mutual understanding, acceptance, compassion, friendship. Our experiences and cooperation at the Pinios River Festival revealed to us how we will design cultural and tourist events in order to point them thematically towards the purpuse of the Heart Point: to lead them, through the presentation of their own identity and cultural heritage,  towards international integration, compassion, friendship, and cooperation. In tourism development, which has not yet fully developed in Larissa, it would be an initiative for the further development of cultural tourism, which would be the foundation of Larissa’s Heart Point. We watched the film Here Comes Jemima and supporting recordings of the project collaboration in the authorship and direction of the Mata-malam Theater, and learned about various forms of art for expression in the course of an intercultural dialogue.




Participation: The third event in Spain was attended by 49 international guests from seven countries: Albania: 8, Bulgaria: 6, Slovenia: 6, Sweden: 2, France: 6, Greece: 4 and Italy: 17.

There were 107 local participants

A brief description of the activities:

Participants were introduced to the host country, its history and cultural heritage; the project Heart of Europe, He-art was presented at a press conference; partner organizations partook in the workshops organized by the main partner about their connection with the host country Spain; we took part in the continuation of Stefano Delia’s project “Faces of Europe”; experienced the culinary specialities of the wider Medina del Campo area; and discovered new possibilities of artistic expression for experiencing the diversity of national identities, admiration of diversities, and for compassionate connectivity. Towards this last goal we prepared an international program in the workshops for the event and participated in two festivals: “In Vino Veritas” and “Renaissance Week”. During the round table in front of La Motta castle we tested our understanding of the project Heart of Europe, He-art and refreshed our plans for further work. We finally confirmed the basic form of the logo.




Participation: The fourth event in Bulgaria was attended by 37 international guests from seven countries: Albania: 9, Slovenia: 8, Sweden: 1, France: 4, Greece: 5, Italy: 7, and Spain: 4.

There were 103 local participants.

A brief description of the activities:

The partners got to know the Municipality of Sandanski and its natural and cultural heritage. Through discussions, guided workshops, and presentations, we experienced various forms of of art and artistic genres, which are the tools for the realization of intercultural dialogue. We established a Heart Point of Sandanski that stands at the statue od Spartacus. Heart point will receive support in official matters from the Municipality of Sandanski. Spartak’s freedom-loving Heart Point will perform the basic mission of cultural tourism. The hosting organization organized group discussions and an interesting public debate about the future of Europe, which was based around facts about Euroscepticism, and from which we concluded the importance of involvement of individual citizens for positive coexistence and development. We also contemplated the importance of cultural tourism and of acceptance and cooperation with the understanding our identity while using art.




Participation: The fifth event in Sweden was attended by 48 international guests from seven countries: Albania: 9, Bulgaria: 6, Slovenia: 5, France: 8, Greece: 3, Italy: 6 and Spain: 11.

There were 103 local participants  

A brief description of the activities:

The hosting partner presented ideas for a permanent Heart Point in Sweden, located in the outdoor museum of rural Swedish cultural heritage, near Orkelljunga. The mission of this Heart Point is the promotion of peace, friendship and cooperation, and overcoming stigmatization. We solved the worksheets on the history of Sweden and Orkelljunga, while learning about the cultural heritage of Orkelljunga. At the round table we discussed possible employment strategies for young people to promote their interest in cultural activities and to develop various competences for employment, and active volunteering. The Europe Direct speaker presented us some new aspects of the functioning of the EU. Throughout the event, we also developed a joint, international theater piece, which reflected a critical experience of the status quo that hinders a better quality of the European identity. The performance was very successful, we made an amateur film from it, and it was performed to the public on the last day. At the event conclusion, the partners also gave an evaluation of the event.




Participation: The sixth event in Italy was attended by 31 international guests from five countries: Albania: 4, Bulgaria: 7, Slovenia: 15, Greece: 1 and Spain: 4.

There were 110 local participants  

A brief description of the activities:

With interactive professional guidance and artistic vision, the host partner presented the most important points of the cultural heritage of Rieti, the navel of Italy, regarding cultural tourism. The Secondary School in Rieti presented to us a direct example of the integration and social inclusion of youth in this process. We also learned about typical products from local companies, the best wines and food of the Sabine region.

In relation between the leading and the host partner, we received some important information in the interactive lecture on how to establish cultural tourism and how to create a common European identity, while maintaining one’s own identity with accepting and admiring diversity. At the public event we presented the Project Heart of Europe, He-art, and signed a Memorandum on Permanent and Sustainable Cooperation, which was translated into the languages of all partners. We have also accepted the approximate plan for permanent project activities and the strategy for project expansion.



  • Seven permanent and sustainable international heart points of cultural tourism with arranged locations, promotional material and indicative content of the action
  • A brochure on establishing HEART POINTS
  • Memorandum adopted by 13 international partners on permanent and sustainable heartly cooperation
  • The Heart of Europe, HE-ART web site
  • Thematic project calendar for 2019
  • A satirical pedagogical film for teenagers and adults on immigration, titled Jemima
  • A template for a talk quiz with starting points from the film Jemima
  • 6 documentary films of project events from Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Sweden and Italy
  • A rich project archive

Financing data: PROJECT HEART OF EUROPE – HE-ART, financed by the European Union within the framework of the EUROPE FOR CITIZENS programme under Action 2. 2. The Network of Towns, in the framework of this project, 6 international events were organized.


Hej all! 

It’s finally reached that time, the time for me to go home to Australia, a lot has happened over the past year, i’ve learnt so much, made heaps of new friends, taught, laughed and lived.

I had a wonderful bunch of experiences in and outside of Sweden with IFALL, while the organisation was shaky at times, we pushed through as a team, and that’s something i think i have definitely learned over the year is that i can rely on my team and i should put more faith in people working together. 

We have achieved so much together, finishing and attending projects, hosting meetings, training, teachings, learning, reading, speaking, and always FIKA!

I’m not sure what i’m going to when i go back to Australia, but something I can say for certain is that i will never forget what has happened here in Europe, and I look forward to coming back before too long.

Signing off (for now) Adam Eleftheriou!     

Hejsan,det har gått bra hittills


Jag är Elina och jag skuggar/praoar hos Adam. Jag tror att det kommer att bli kul att få veta hur man gör på IFALL den här kommande veckan, men vi får se hur det går när man har Adam som mentor… Det har gått bra hittills tror jag. Jag har fått prova på att jobba lite och äta med “kollegorna”. Vi kommer ha cirkus om någon timme.
Jag förväntar mig att det ska kännas som en vanlig jobbvecka, så att jag får reda på hur det är att jobba.
De lokalerna vi kommer vara på är på IFALLs kontor, lillhallen, Forum park och utbildningscentrum.
Jag har redan fått lite reda på hur det är på IFALL för att jag var en del av den innan. Jag var också på Caprifolen och gjorde voltige med Minna Slotthedern och Maria Nilsson.
När jag inte är här och skuggar så går jag på Solängskolan nära Strandhem. Jag tycker att skolan är okey men det är skönt att komma ifrån den ibland. Jag går i åttan just nu så jag är snart klar med grundskolan. Jag vet inte riktigt vilken linje jag vill gå på än men det tror jag kommer att lösa sig.

LENO EVS in Örkelljunga

Hello Everyone! It’s Damla from Turkey. It’s my second EVS in Sweden! Since I had a lot of experience with Ifall, I wanted to spend my 11 months here in Örkelljunga. I was working as a project coordinator in Turkey and have been in various Erasmus projects and wanted to improve myself more. Here, I have a chance to be with different intercultural background people! Even now, I am in the office with my friends who are from Australia and France! I am going to work for LENO (Leave No One Behind) project and help other Erasmus KA2 projects and local activities. LENO is a project about social inclusion through art, music, dance, circus, etc. and I am proud of the be part of it. We have even a soundtrack! Don’t forget to google and listen to it!

I studied International Relations in Ankara and I am more into the practice rather than theories so I like to combine two and learn more. Since I am studying social sciences, I prefer working with people a lot. I am here to improve my skills like language, non-formal education methods, Erasmus world, cooking :), learning more about myself and more. The place that I live is so quiet that you can listen to your soul and understand more of yourself. So I prefer meditating when I have free time on weekends but that is not the only thing I like. In addition to this, I like reading a lot, cooking, watching movies, riding a bicycle, playing table tennis, and spend some time in a sauna with friends! Very Swedish 🙂 Hopefully, I will also jump to the lake after sauna. I am not brave enough now 😀 Furthermore, the sauna is not the typical thing only. Here is more! First one is Fika! I mentioned in my first blog that 2 years ago if you can find it on google but if not I am sure that you will research more after I did a summarise. If you add love, friendship and coffee break together, it becomes Fika! Swedish people and I love it. It is a great time to gathering all people and eat snacks, cookies, fruits and drink various drinks. It is really up to you. But just let you know, it is not a personal thing that you are alone. You need to be with people and start to talk about weather 😀 Like UK, here is also raining a lot. Weather is so crazy that 10 minutes ago it could be sunny and then suddenly here comes the rain again after the early in the morning. But still so peaceful and full of forest or green places! As a person who lived in an apartment since the time from birth, I highly recommend everyone to try and live in a small cottage or someplace to nearby green areas. It takes all my negativity and makes me feel full of love and happiness. If you don’t have any chance to live in a place like that which is so normal, don’t forget to go to the picnic and entertain yourself more!

I spent just 2 weeks here and I am happily announcing that changing your environment for a while if you have a chance is something extraordinary and fantastic! I am sure that sometimes I will work a lot that I won’t have time for myself but still, I will try to create time for me! Live is a journey about yourself and surroundings and hopefully, everyone discovers more and more each day and start a new positive life every each day! Take care and stay tuned! Many hugs from a Turkish girl.

PS: I have a Turkish coffee with me, I invite you to Fika with me! Take some biscuits and come and join me. I can also read your future from your cups 😀

Best Wishes!

Tom from the UK: “I wish to meet a bunch of new people and to be able to learn about their individual cultures”.

Hey, my name is Tom and I am from England. I’m 17 years old and currently studying at Easton and Otley College in Norfolk. I have just finished my first year of my diploma in Sports-Health, Fitness and Injury. In my year 2 i will be studying Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation.

Whilst I am here, I wish to meet a bunch of new people and to be able to learn about their individual cultures. I hope to also be able to teach others the skills and knowledge that I possess.

During my free time I like to play a lot of sports especially Rugby. This is because I play for my college and a club-Holt RFC and county. Other than sport I enjoy films, reading and music.

In the future I am hoping that I am able to spread the skills that I will have learnt from this week among other people.

My experiences so far with IFALL!

Hello, there!

This is Lidia and I wanna tell you that my experience in IFALL has changed. Now it has become more complex, where I not only learn and get involved in what I do, but also model myself after what I do. Interaction with children has become more interesting and from which I can understand what they express, not just what they say and show.

Now, my work is about researching for different things, like projects, articles and Sweden! Helping here and being with people from here, and being part of what IFALL is, develops me as a person by understanding and learning that what is being done here is a complex thing where each member and volunteer is a help and a change in IFALL. Doing research and seeing in what IFALL is involved, makes me want to learn about how this world really is and makes me want to be a part of the help that people need. So far, every time was different, with the children and young people but also the office work that I am doing is changing because each time is different. And that makes everything nice and exciting! From doing research, I’m learning about Sweden culture and people, about how Sweden help its people with different needs and how Sweden really is. The work that I am doing is each time a new thing that I learn and that makes the time exciting!

Meet Lidia

Hey! I am Lidia Ichim from Romania. I’m 22 years old and I graduated Social work at University of Petrosani in Romania. I applied for Erasmus+ and now I am in Sweden, practicing for my degree at IFALL. First days here I meet a part of the refugees. We had outdoor activities that made us closer and we had learn about each other. One of the things that we did and I liked was that we had to play a game in which each one has to make a move dance. We had to remember that for every one. Remembering that meant that you care about the other and you want that person to be seen. I think that its what matter in working with the others. To care and be a help for them. Sweden is a beautiful country with beautiful people. I find myself a lucky person for being here. I like being involved in social activities and I consider myself a very optimistic person and that helps me in my interactions with the others. If you want to know more and you’re curious about more, come to IFALL in Sweden!

My Erasmus traineeship!


My name is Marya, I’m 19 and I come from Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

I’m in Sweden because an Erasmus traineeship related on Social Integration. And I’m staying here for 3 months so I hope I can learn and enjoy as much as I can.

On my pasts 3 years I graduated in performing arts because I wanted to do something different and I wanted to burst my creative side. After that I realized that my aim in life is helping others in a more personal way so I entered studying Social Integration.

The foreign countries have always called my attention and luckily English has been a language that I liked since I was little so here I have the great opportunity to improve it.

A side all this I’m a very humble and curious person, I like knowing other cultures, new people and listening to their live stories. I love any kind of music, arts in general and I sing. I’m empathetic too, I do care about what happens to the world, I like sharing with others thoughts and experiences, because there’s where you understand more about live and yourself. At last I enjoy thinking in new ways to evolve as humans in our society. That explains why in a future I would like to study psychology.

I’m waiting to see what I can offer to you!

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