As part of the Teenage Ambassadors across Europe Project, the Project Partners are working to develop the tools and methods used in the first 2 years of the project.
One of the tools developed was the TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting which was also used at Teatercentrum in Denmark. The Danish Teenage Ambassadors then met teenagers attending Bobri Festival of Culture and Art Education 2019 (Slovenia) – http://www.bobri.si/ The Slovenian teenagers did not know each other but over two days of preparation for the TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting, and by attending shows and cultural excursions with each other, they came together as a group.
The preparation required for Teenagers participating in the TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting requires a balance of playing games, the Teenagers getting to know each other, and Teenage led discussion and reflection on the topic free from adult interference. The Danish Teenage Ambassadors who had previously participated in a TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting supported the Slovenian Teenagers during the preparation process and during the actual event.
Overall, the group had a great experience and enjoyed the challenge of sharing the TEEN Kitchen Table Format with other Teenagers. It was discovered that more needs to be done in supporting the new group in framing the TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting, for example in emphasising their role as hosts. It is important the host group greets and seats participants and also explains the rules of the discussion to the participating audience.
After the February TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting in Ljubiana the Director of BOBRI festival, Tadeja Pungerčar, was been invited to the MESS Festival 2019 (Yugoslavia), and so the development of the TEEN Kitchen Table Meeting discussions continues.
Naja Birke, Teatercentrum in Denmark