Updated: Fri 29.Jan 2016
We in Europe are building bridges across the boarders
Monday 04.April 2016
A very rewarding aspect of our Society is the possibilities of international contacts and exchanges.
At the Europe Regional Conference in Borås 2015 many contacts over the boarders were made. European DKG members with its different languages and cultures finds it very stimulating to continue contacts made by inviting to learning events on various topics over the boarders.
Epsilon chapter in the Netherlands has strong bonding with the Delta Chapter in Germany and is lately with Alpha chapter in Estonia.
Finnish Zeta chapter and Estonian Alpha chapter are also having exchanges as well as Chi chapter in Sweden with the Delta chapter in Norway. The start of the sister chapters took place at different occasions like at a Regional Conference, a Europe Forum meeting, a Convention or a Celebrating event.
In November 2015 Iceland celebrated its 40th birthday and in September 2016 Gamma in Finland also had its 40th birthday celebration. Swedish Omicron is having its 30th anniversary and in May the Netherlands is having its celebration of 40 years.
These occasions always have excellent speakers, good food and performances of very talented artist. In Iceland opera singer Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir with Hrönn Þráinsdóttir on the piano entertained and Finnish Gamma chapter combined its own celebration with an homage to Jean Sibelius who was born 150 years ago. Some of his music was performed by excellent pianist Leena Immonen.
In these days many DKG members are also involved in building bridges to the migrants and asylum seekers that now are coming to Europe in large numbers.
Several DKG members in Sweden and Germany, where the number of migrants are very high, are discussing how their chapters can be involved and to help. Some retired members in Sweden are now teaching Swedish as a foreign language and some are meeting up at “Language coffee shop” where conversations are being held. Some chapters are trying to find ways to connect with female migrant teachers in order to exchange school experiences and building bridges across cultures and boarders.
The Delta Chapter in Germany are trying to build bridges through an integration project for refugees and no refugees in Arts with the title: “A Place to Paint/Playing Paints”.
Europe Regional Director