Between the 20th and the 27th November 2011, in Budapest, thirty youth leaders met to participate to the Study Session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences”. The Council of Europe had welcomed them into the European Youth Center of Budapest to understand how stereotypes work and how to overcome them in order to find new ways to work with young people and develop mutual understanding between cultures.


        Coming from more than twenty different countries, the participants had many goals in common: overcome their stereotypes by sharing their experiences, become aware of the concepts of human rights and diversity, discover and use Loesje’s methods for creative activism and reflect upon themselves in order to bring back their knowledge to their home countries. To achieve these objectives, many activities were organized by the course facilitators: Agnieszka Byrczek, Menno Ettema, Hussein El Shafei, Hristijan Jordanoski, Hranush Shahnazaryanand and Carola Ståhl. These working sessions were challenging the participants by involving them directly and encouraging them to open themselves to each others.

        The participants were also introduced to Loesje’s creative activism as a method to react against prejudices in a positive and constructive way and as well to stimulate others to take action in their own lives. Twelve posters were created this week with various topics such as gender equality, arab spring, non formal education or multiculturalism. You can find those inspiring posters in the Poster Archive. Because Loesje’s creative tools are made to share and discuss with people, the participants created a street action in the main square of Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér. The action was composed of a dance flash mob, colorful fish with Loesje messages, a banner to sign with the message “Megkülönböztetés: nem, Tolerancia: igen” (in English, “No to discrimination, Yes to tolerance”) and the handing out of Loesje posters in Hungarian and English to the people passing by. The cheerfulness and optimism of the participants will probably stay in the memories of the people present in the square this day.

        The final aim of the study session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences” is to be a starting point for a new project “500 stories”. With the “500 stories”, we want to initiate new creative projects in different countries to empower young people to overcome their stereotypes and afterwards collect their successful stories. This project will be the frame for diverse youth projects promoting tolerance and mutual understanding. The stories will be shared in order to touch more young people and build a network of positive experiences. Stay tuned for more news about the “500 stories” project. 

      Find an article about the study session on the website of the Council of Europe, the description of the study session  Loesje’s website and some more picture of the street action on the blog Belvaros Budapest

    Thanks to all participants, courses facilitators and photographs for the article picture.

  • The Study Session "Why Not Change Prejudices Into Experiences" in Budapest has come to an emotional end but the spirit survives on the poster series created together by all the participants.

    Check them out at the Poster Archive and feel free to download or print them.


    Richard Schut shares with Loesje Int the nice news: 

    This weekend, about 350 filmmakers in Berlin will make a short movie within 48 hours, based on a random genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. This year the 'line of dialogue' comes from .... a Loesje poster!

    Filmmakers will hear Friday 19.00 from which poster. Wanna see their movies? All movies are screened Tuesday 15th November in Babylon Kino, Berlin, starting at 19:00. Info & tickets at

    Das 48 Hour Film Project: Berlin
    The 48 Hour Film Project invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days. 

  • ”Women in power is not a dream but an action plan” was one of the Loesje texts created on the Training of Trainers ”ABCs of Equal Opportunities” in the city of Evpatoria, Ukraine. This training was attended by 23 people from Southern and Eastern regions of the country and, of course, by Loesje.


    The first day was dedicated to the introduction to the topic of the project – unequal representation of women in power, gender misbalances and discrimination in Ukraine.

    During the second day of the training, the participants did creative text writing workshops. Out of this massive creative thinking they got 27 texts on the topic ”Women and Power”. Texts like “Politics is an area for equal opportunities” will become the mottos for their future work.


    Afterwards they covered Evpatoria’s walls with the posters they made. Many people got interested by the texts so they got a chance to discuss the topic on the streets.


    Loesje once again fell in love with Ukraine and it seems it is reciprocal! More than 20 Loesje groups were created and in the last two months many posters were glued on the walls of cities all around the East-Southern part of the country. And it seems that more is yet to come…

  • The days are shorter and the yellow leaves cover every inch of the Berlin streets. What could be better to come to cosy Loesje's Imagination and drink a warm cup of tea while making your brain as hot as a Summer Day during a Creative Text Writing Workshop?

    Tuesday 8.11 at 18h00 in Loesje's Imagination:

    Karl-Kunger-Strasse 55

    12435 Berlin



  • The days are shorter and the yellow leaves cover every inch of the Berlin streets. What could be better to come to cosy Loesje's Imagination and drink a warm cup of tea while making your brain as hot as a Summer Day during a Creative Text Writing Workshop?


  • To all the French-speaking, French-understanding people and to everybody else,

    Our Poster Archive is now updated with French posters from years 2000, 2001 and 2006. Find these new inspiring texts from France and Belgium by selecting 'French' in the language section. Take some time to read them and spread the ones you like...


    À tous les francophones, francophiles et à tous les autres,

    Notre Archive de Posters est maintenant mise à jour avec des affiches en français datant de 2000, 2001 et 2006. Trouvez ces nouveaux textes plein de poésie et de nouvelles inspirations en sélectionnant "French" dans la section "Language". Prenez du temps pour lire ces textes écrits en France et en Belgique et diffuser ceux que vous aimez...

  • The new October poster series was now translated to Spanish. Check our Poster Archive and download or print them.


    La nueva serie del mes de octubre ha sido traducido al español. Puedes verlos y imprimirlos en nuestro archivo de carteles.


  • Last Wednesday, Loesje’s Berlin office was invited as representing a European Volunteer Service receiving organization by the Jugend in Aktion at a day aimed to promote volunteering.

    The day was arranged by the German ministry for family affairs. Safaa, Artur and Rola were there to tell about a volunteer’s role at the Berlin office. We gave two speed writing workshops and recommend EVS to some interested people.

    We also had the opportunity to meet the people that work at Jugend in Aktion who are behind many approved Loesje project applications, and had a nice chat with them.

  • Fresh from Loesje's International oven, the October Series of 2011! Check the new posters in our Poster Archive and feel free to print them.