Plegma’s approach is to enable citizens to become actively involved in cultural events, form cultural networks to an exchange of know-how. The organization provides continuous training to cultural managers and organizes an award-winning traditional dance festival on Skopelos, on a yearly basis. It also coordinates a series of open discussions on various Aegean islands, throughout the year.
The grant regards the creation of an intergenerational program on the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos, Syros and Andros. The program involves bringing together children and elders on a regular weekly basis, through a framework of three topics, namely stories, games and personal experiences. The program’s aims are on the one hand, for children to record the oral history of their islands and learn from the elderly, and in turn for the elderly to hone their creative skills and combat social exclusion by being a part of these intergenerational workshops. Under the guidance of educational personnel, children will meet with elderly islanders in order to collect stories, games and personal experiences. These narratives, which will act as a trigger for the development of visual works by children, will be recorded and the children’s creations will be published in a special publication that will be printed and distributed. In the particular case of Skopelos, the program will be enriched through one additional topic: nautical history.