All quiet 2012

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Almost a hundred years ago, Europe was at war. The German Army opened the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining military control of important industrial regions in France. Following the race to the sea, both sides dug in along a meandering line of fortified trenches, stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss frontier with France. This line, the Western front, remained essentially unchanged for most of the war. One of the great battlefields of the Western front was the south-western of Flanders (Belgium). All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. The literal translation of "Im Westen nichts Neues" is "Nothing New in the West," with "West" being the Western Front; the phrase refers to the content of an official communique at the end of the novel and has become a colloquial expression meaning stagnation, or lack of visible change, in any context: "There was nothing new to report on the Western Front". Almost a century later, in 2010, the idea was born to set up a project of cultural heritage by the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. This project was called "All quiet on the western front", referring to the meaning of the book, but also as a call to never be quiet about this part of our history. In 2014 - 2018, we continue this project for youngsters living in: Belgium (2014), Europe (2015-2016), World (2017-2018).


-              to make youngsters curious about how democracy and peace grew in Europe over the last century
-              to make youngsters think about peace nowadays, how they see peace-development in the future
-              to have interesting discussions with each other, learn to use arguments for debates
-              to have fun together during an interesting exchange in Belgium


In 2012, these activities were included in the pilot project:

- visits to the trenches, cemetaries, museums, remembrance ceremony... guided by an 'authentic' WW1-soldier
- a visit to the European institutions in Brussels & a debate with members of the European Parliament.
- workshops: audio / video / music / word (making your own video, song, poem,...)
- sport & leisure activities  

These videos give an impression of the pilot project in 2012.

Video 1 : call for participants (sign up now)

Video 2 : All quiet on the western front (footage during the exchange)


For the future edtions, we give our partners full participation in the development of the programme.

Call for participants

The focus will be placed on youngsters, 16 - 20 year old, living in Belgium (2014), Europe (2015 - 2018), worldwide (2016 - 2018). Depending on the number of organizations (delegations) that want to join, the number of participants for each region will be set (35/40 places available). Each delegation is accompanied by 1 responsible (18+).