FESTIVAL OF SPRING
On the occasion of one of the Jewish feast of Purim, which was celebrated this year on the 12th of March, the members of the Jewish municipality Banja Luka and the representatives of the Jewish Cultural Center (JKC) organized a cultural manifestation named ꞌꞌFestival of Springꞌꞌ, in cooperation with the Association for the Promotion and Advacement of Tourism, Art and Culture ꞌꞌAUPTUKꞌꞌ Banja Luka and the Center for Education and Work with Children and Youth "MIS" Banja Luka .
Within this manifestation, on the 9th and 10th of March were organized educational and environmental workshops named ꞌꞌRecycle Gameꞌꞌ by the Center of Education and Work with Children and Youth "MIS" Banja Luka. Participants of the first workshop, children from the ꞌꞌMISꞌꞌ, supported by the president of the Association for the Promotion and Advancement of Tourism, Art and Culture ꞌꞌAUPTUKꞌꞌ, Milenko Lakic, and the president of ꞌꞌMISꞌꞌ Suncica Laguza, presented their skills – how to create interesting works of art thanks to materials intended for recycling. On the 10th of March, guests from the second workshop were children from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation "Dr. Miroslav Zotovic "and residents of the Institution Children's Home "Rada Vranjesevic".
Suncica Laguza, representative of the Center for Education and Work with Children and Youth, "MIS", thanked to administrative members of the Jewish Municipality Banja Luka, to the JKC for invitation, for making kids from the center being a part of Purim celebration, so as to show how artwork could be created not only with the help of a brush and paint, but also of materials for recycling.
''Ten years ago we started to work with ''Majorettes of Banja Luka'', that were then operating under the auspices of the Agency ''Primera'', respectively Association of Citizens ''Primera''. We had a great cooperation with the city. There are a lot of activities which were supposed to be in charge legally, so we made a decision to unite all our activities and thus we formed the Center for Education and Work with Children and Youth ꞌꞌMISꞌꞌ. We organize carnivals, festivals and all related to the children, what is very approachable in this moment and, what is more, children are willing to work and we have a possibility to support that. We have plenty of volunteers who educate themselves with our help. We also have models and some of them are already working beyond the borders of the country. We are satisfied with collaboration with the Agency "Midikenn" from Zagreb, whose representatives give us support in our activities. Majorettes are our pride (small ones, big ones, classic ones, sport ones). Every year we go the European Championship and in 2016 we took part in the global competition. It is always important to get into some round. And that there is a continuity in action."
When it comes to organizing a workshop entitled "Recycling Games", our interlocutor explained that the idea originated a few years ago during the participation in an artistic colony.
''One friend demonstrated us all things that could be created by recycling and he has just had an exhibition in Belgrade. Then he donated us a workshop where we were educated with children. We have many ideas. Now we have been doing artwork from the remains of toys and some other materials which constitute waste, but it was not so easy, believe me."
The main ceremony regarding Purim was organized on the 12th of March by bringing together participants of the event on the Krajina Square, organizing a costume ball and walking on the streets of Banja Luka, what made citizens delighted. This was followed by cultural and entertainment program in the Hall of the Youth, where participants were addressed conveniently by Djordje Mikes, director of the Jewish Cultural Center (JKC). Performances of ''Majorettes of Banja Luka'', members of the Children's Choir ''Vrapcici'' and of young actors from the Children's studio ''Roda''. When it comes to members of the central manifestation, it is also important to mention the Association of Women with Disabilities ''NIKA'', KBS ''Castra'', the Institute of Modern Music Education ''Opus conmusica'', members of Kindergarten ''Zvjezdica'', wards of the Public Institution Children's Home ''Rada Vranjesevic'', of the Center ''Zastiti me (literally: ''Protect me'')'', members of the Cultural and Educational Association of Ukrainians ''Taras Shevchenko'', The Association of Macedonians and the Association of Jews, and the Center for Education and Work with Children and Youth "MIS" Banja Luka. At the end of the program, the representatives of institutions, organizations, artistic associations, were awarded with the Certificate of Commendation for participation in organizing the event called "Festival of Spring".
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