For one wonderful week every year in the summertime one song sounds from every corner of the romantic Burg Ludwigstein: “Viva Europa, viva Burg Ludwigstein e viva musica…”. Young people (mostly in folk dance groups, choirs or music groups) from different European countries meet at Burg Ludwigstein and present their songs and dances during this special week.

–>Groups of the Eurowoche 2018
–>Poster of the Eurowoche 2018
–>Program of the 60. Eurowoche 2018
–>Working Groups of the 60. Eurowoche 2018

 

We are very happy to welcome the following groups from 28 July to 04 August 2018:

Belarus (Minsk):

Folk group VALACHOBNIKI of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts


The vocal-choreografic ensemble “Valachobniki” was created in 1979 and has united the students of the Belarusian Folk Songs Chair of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. It consists of 30 musicians, singers and dancers. The members of the group are always in the search of new perspectives. Annually they arrange folklor expeditions in which they collect the samples of the traditional music. The best examples of the Belarusian folkor regularly enrich the repertoire of the ensemble. The concert programs of the group are full of verity and vividity. They consist of masterpieces of different genres and style trends. The Folklor heritage of the Belarusians and other Slavic Peoples are represented in the repertoire of the ensemble in ethnografical and stylized sounding. Regularly the group shows its concert programmes in the Republic of Belarus. For many times it went on tour in Russia, France, USA, Spain. The group became laureate and prize winner of different international festivals and competitions in Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.
Information about the University:
The Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts was set up on the basis of Minsk University of Culture which started its activity in 1975. Specialties, which are at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts – “Culturology”, “Literary work”, “Social work”, “Directing holidays”, “Social pedagogy”, “Social and cultural activities”, “Folk art”, “Conducting”, “Haragrafichnae art”, “Рop art”, “Singing”, “Library science and bibliography”, “Museum business and protection of historical and cultural heritage”, “Art criticism”, “Decorative and applied arts” “Wind instruments”.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valachobniki/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEOwnmIktaqPQ1bNpYxDbig

Poland (Koscierzyna):

Zespól Folklorystyczny KASZUBSKIE NUTY




Everything started with a girl’s choir:
In 1987, the Girls’ Choir of Koscierzyna, Poland, participated for the first time in the European Youth Week. The contact intensified and friendships did not stop at the then existing border with the eastern block! In 1991, Koscierzyna again participated in this formation at the Euroweek. Later on, the dancers and musicians of “Kaszubskie Nuty” got involved in the Euro weeks in 2001 and 2006. In addition to mutual private visits among the respective members, the “Ludwigsteiner” followed an invitation to Koscierzyna in 2011. Since then, members of the Polish group have been active in the “Arbeitskreis”, the organisation behind the festival .

Scotland (Edinburgh):

Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society






Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society (Edinburgh, Scotland)
The Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society, often called “New Scotland”, was established in 1947 and since then has become one of the oldest still existing university dance groups in Scotland. What once started with traditional Scottish music and dances developed to a group with a diverse repertoire over time, adopting its dances also to the music of “Harry Potter” or “Doctor Who”. Over decades, “New Scotland” participated in many international dance festivals, including the recent Pikkeling Festival in Aalst, Belgium, in 2016, and the Dunedin Festival in Edinburgh in 2017.
In 1996, “New Scotland” climbed the castle hill for the first time with its pipers and Highland dancers in their Kilts to take part in the 40. European Youth Week and captured the hearts of the audience and the members of the Arbeitskreis. “New Scotland” was infected quickly with the so called “Euroweekvirus”, which is why it returned two years later and then again for the 50. Euroweek. In 1999, the „Ludwigsteiner“ accepted an invitation to Edinburgh. To this very day, we are still linked with this group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eunscds/

Estonia (Tallinn):

TLÜ rahvatantsuansamble SOLVEDAJA


Firstly, the Tallinn University folk dance group “Soveldaja” is a group of young people mostly aged between 18-25 who are looking forward to different kind of folk festivals to show and to see the variety of folk world. The group performs both folklore and author dances. Depending on the occasion they dance to live music but also use recordings of traditional and contemporary folk music.
Secondly, the group has taken part in several international folklore festivals over the years. The latest ones have been Festival Internacional de Folclore ‘Celestino Graca’ in Portugal 2015, Fétes de la Vigne de Dijon in August 2016 and OD CELJA DO ZALCA in Slovenia in September 2016, Festival Mondiale del Folklore in Italy in 2017. In years 2013, 2015 and 2016 Soveldaja participated in Vöru Folklore Festival in Estonia. Soveldaja has regularly taken part in big folk dance events in Estonia and neighbouring countries.
Besides events described, Soveldaja has participated in competitions for staged folk dance and won several awards. In Dijon they were also awarded as public favourite group.
Facebook: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soveldaja
Homepage: TLÜ rahvatantsuansamble SOLVEDAJA

Germany:

Die Ludwigsteiner


The Ludwigsteiner are the dance and music group of the hosts. The dancers come from various regions of Germany and the Netherlands, which is why they can meet only a few weekends a year to rehurstle. For the 60th anniversary of the Euro Week, The Ludwigsteiner has put together a program with highlights from the last 25 years. The dancers are accompanied by a five-member music group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/viva.europa/
Homepage: Die Ludwigsteiner

 

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Program of the 60th European Youth Week 2018

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As of 09.06.2018

Participating groups:
 “Kaszubskie Nuty” from Kościerzyna, Poland
 “Rahvatantsuansambel Soveldaja” from Tallin, Estonia
 “The Ludwigsteiner”, Germany
 “Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society” from Edinburgh, Scotland
 “Valachobniki” from Minsk, Belarus

Saturday, 28.07.2018 Opening
12: 00-13: 00 Arrival of the groups
14:00 group leader reception, Landgrafenzimmer
15:00 Welcoming the participants, internal opening of the European Youth Week on the open-air stage in front of the castle and presentation of the groups
18:00 dinner
19:00 Departure of the groups to Witzenhausen

20:00 Opening ceremony with all groups in the marketplace in Witzenhausen

Sunday, 29.07.2018 European Day
07:30 Awakening by workgroup members
10: 00-12: 00 Presentation Purpose, content and objectives of the Eurowoche with a tour of
the castle for the presentation of the working groups
13:30 departure of the groups to the outside appearance

15: 00- approx. 19:00 Event with all groups in Fürstenhagen,
including dinner

21:00 open dancing in the Meissnersaal
24:00 Handover of keys to the Polish group

Monday, 30.07.2018 Polish Day
07:30 Awakening by “Kaszubskie Nuty”
09: 30-10: 30 singing together, learning Polish songs and short presentation of the Polish group about Poland
10: 30-12: 30 working groups
17: 30-18: 30 learning Polish folk dances together

20:00 public evening event of the Polish group “Kaszubskie Nuty”

then open dancing in the Meissnersaal
24:00 Handover to the Estonian group

Tuesday, 31.07.2018 Estonian day
07:30 Awakening by “Rahvatantsuansambel Soveldaja”
09: 30-10: 30 Singing together, learning Estonian songs and short presentation of the Estonian group about Estonia
10: 30-12: 30 working groups
17: 30-18: 30 learning Estonian folk dances together

20:00 public evening event of the Estonian group “Rahvatantsuansambel Soveldaja”

then open dancing in the Meissnersaal
24:00 key handover to the workgroup members

Wednesday, 01.08.2018 German Day
07:30 Awakening by the children of Europe
09: 30-10: 30 singing together, learning German songs and short presentation of the working group members about Germany
10: 30-12: 30 working groups

13: 30-19: 00 Excursion to the border museum followed by a drive to Göttingen (sightseeing and shopping)

16:30 Meeting of all working group members on the interim balance sheet and
Long-term planning in the Knight’s Hall
from 19:00 food from the Far East under the archway
21: 00-1: 00 Discoparty in the Meissnersaal with DJ Eric and DJ Tobi
24:00 Key collection to the Scottish group

Thursday, 02.08.2017 Scottish Day
07:30 Awakening by “Edinburgh University’s New Scotland Country Dance Society”
09: 30-10: 30 Singing together, learning Scottish songs and a short presentation of the Scottish group about Scotland
10: 30-12: 30 working groups
15: 00-17: 00 Burgolympiade
17: 30-18: 30 learning Scottish folk dances together

20:00 joint public evening event of the Scottish group “Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society” and the club’s own group “Die Ludwigsteiner”

then open dancing in the Meissnersaal
24:00 Handover of keys to the Belorussian group

Friday, 03.08.2018 Belorussian day
07:30 Awakening by “Valachobniki”
09: 30-10: 30 singing together, learning Belarussian songs and a short presentation of the Belarussian group about Belarus
10: 30-12: 30 working groups
17: 30-18: 30 learning Belarusian folk dances together

20:00 public evening event of the Belarussian group “Valachobniki”

then open dancing in the Meissnersaal
24:00 Handover of keys to the committee of the working group

Saturday, 04.08.2018 Closing Day
07:30 Awakening by board members of the working group
09: 30-11: 30 Results presentation of the working groups
11: 30-12: 30 Commemoration of the war victims with wreath-laying at the cemetery

14: 30-19: 00 Ceremony for the anniversary week and “Eurokirmes”
Public closing event with the performances of all groups and presentation of results of the working groups

19:30 dinner

from 21:00 internal closing event and celebration in the castle courtyard

Sunday, 08/05/2018 departure day
07: 30-09: 30 Breakfast
then departure of the groups


Daily appointments (exceptions are listed above):

08: 00-09: 15 o’clock Breakfast
12: 30-13: 30 Lunch
18: 30-19: 30 Dinner

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
17:00 group leader meeting in

Working Groups Eurowoche 2018

European Youth Weeks
Castle Ludwigstein e.V.
Since 1953 at the Jugendburg Ludwigstein
www.eurowoche.org

 Boomerang construction (chimney room)
Head: Volker Steinbacher

 Creative workshop (yard, in bad weather conditions Knights Hall)
Management: Kathi and Johanna Klauer, Mieke Schreurs-Stevens (Band weaving)

 Forging (outdoor area)
Head: Raphael Klauer

 Choir (snow-room – 1st hour):
Head: Heike Diehl

 Orchestra (snow hall – 2nd hour)
Head: Peter Baumgartner

 Sports (outdoor area in front of the Hansteinbau)
Management: Dorothea Klauer and Alex Schmitt

 Improvisation dance (Meissnersaal – 1st hour)
Management: Guus van Kan

 International folklore dance (Meissnersaal – 2nd hour)
Management: Guus van Kan

 Lindy-Hop (Enno-Narten-Bau)
Leaders: Katrin Oertel and Boris Naumann

 European for beginners (outdoor area on the Söller, in bad weather conditions Landgrafenzimmer)
Management: Susanne Simonsen and Helga Alter