MEET UP! Youth for Partnership

Freedom of expression, climate change or LGBTIQ+ rights – young people have a voice and use it increasingly to stand up for their rights!

The situation of young people in the Eastern Partnership countries and Germany is very diverse: the war in Ukraine, demonstration for EU candidacy in Georgia or climate protests in Germany – more and more young people strive to be heard and want to change their societies for the better.
The MEET UP! Youth Conference "Power of Youth" brings together 60 young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine to discuss current questions of the young generation, to empower them in their engagement, and to provide a platform for exchange and inspiration.

The conference will take place in Tbilisi from September 21 to 25, 2022. 

General overview

subject to change

Wednesday, September 21

3:00 - 6:00 pm 

Registration and Check-In
@Fabrika Reception
6:00 - 9:00 pm         Welcome by the EVZ Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office
Dinner, Get Together, Workshop Registration
@Jungle Room


Thursday, September 22

8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 am    Opening of the Conference
@Jungle Room
09:45 - 12:30 pm


"The Power of Youth - Young People's Engagement in Times of Crisis: Achievements, Challenges, Empowerment."

Young people play an active role in current civil society movements around the world. During the fishbowl discussion, experts and young people discuss young people's motivation to get engaged, topics that interest them, and challenges or limits they see to their engagement and activism. 

Speaker: Julia Luther (German Federal Foreign Office), Maria Wilke (EVZ Foundation), Nino Mikhanashvili (Youth Agency, Georgia), Leyla Jabbarzade (Common Sense Youth Organization, Azerbaijan), Marius Balan (Young Expert Team, Republic of Moldova)
@Jungle Room

1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
@Jungle Room
2:30 - 6:00 pm

Intensive Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1: Go Fake Yourself – How Disinformation and Fake News work and how to counter them.

Host: Felix Weiß, DRONI

Fake News are globally a relevant topic and are nowadays also an essential part of modern warfare.

But what are Fake News actually and how do they spread? What prominent examples are there in different countries? Why are we ourselves prone to Fake News? And how to debunk them?

This workshop explores related terminology, alongside with practical examples; shows how language in media shapes our perception; presents different tools for fact-checking and reflects with the audience the personal media consumption critically.
@Green Room

Workshop 2: Migration and Refugeeism. Challenges and approaches.

Host: Prokhar Navitski

Giving the participants more context about voluntary and forced migration through the number of engaging activities and discussion in reflection groups.
@Class Room

Workshop 3: Bringing Memory Alive - Legacy of Contemporary History as Resources for Active Citizenship.

Host: Irakli Khvadagiani, SovLab

The heritage of contemporary history, the different levels of history - nation building in Georgia under the rule of the Russian Empire, the first democratic republic, the Soviet Russian occupation regime and totalitarian rule - leads us to deal with direct and moral responsibility and to understand the heritage of citizens who built a democratic statehood and struggled for its protection. The workshop will present the experiences and different approaches of Sovlab, bringing back memories of our recent past and using them as a resource for education about the history of democratic culture and how to deal with the legacy of the totalitarian past.
@ Jungle Room

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Coffee Break

@Jungle Room

6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner & Orga
@Jungle Room
7:30 - 9:00 pm Optional Evening Program

Friday, September 23

8:00 - 9:15 am Breakfast
9:30 - 10:15 am

Lightning Talks
@Jungle Room

10:30 - 12:30 pm

Compact Workshop Sessions

Compact Workshop 1: Art as the Tool for Change.

Host: Giorgi Rodionov, Untitled Tbilisi

Throughout history, art stood out as one of the most important tools to bring changes in sociopolitical structures or developing general human rights.
How do we see the role of art in the modern world, where contemporary life and art are mostly blended with each other?
The workshop will discuss and explore the ways how we can use our artistic practice, as artist, curator, or institution to promote equality, the care of our planet or peace-building between communities.
@Green Room

Compact Workshop 2: You can Change it! 

Host: Tinatin Gholadze & Mariam Lomidze, Entrepreneurs Association

During this session, we would like you to feel the real power of youth, to feel that you are the ones who are able to change something!
This is a forum theater, so you will not be just a spectator, but will have an opportunity to be involved, act as a personality and create the desired ending.
The case will be connected to youth challenges and gender stereotypes. We will think, discuss, share and perform. Join us, and let's change together!
@Jungle Room

Compact Workshop 3: Be the change  - How to Become an Activist.

Host: Dr. Ana Trapaidze, Dighomi Meadows

In this workshop, the host will guide participants to explore eco-activism from different angles - from personal to social - through real cases and first-hand experiences. The workshop will help participants find a way to express themselves and work for a better common future. 

@Class Room

1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
@Jungle Room
2:30 - 6:00 pm

Intensive Workshop Sessions

Intensive Workshop 1: Study Visit to Martkopi Youth Center - The best practice of Crowdfunding.

Host: Gvantsa Tvaliashvili & Medea Pavliashvili, Martkopi Youth Center

The session is dedicated to sharing crowdfunding practices from the village of Martkopi where young people united and planned a series of different activities in order to collect money and create their space - Martkopi Youth Centre for their developing.
During the study visit, you will see the above-mentioned
youth centre which is currently under construction will meet the local government representative and local youth who did crowdfunding they will share pictures and videos from their creative and inspiring activities.
@Marktopi Youth Centre

Meeting Point: 2pm Fabrika Lobby (transfer with shuttle bus)

Intensive Workshop 2: Self-care as part of empowerment.

Host: Tamar BebiaOlga Kikava, Association Merkuri

During the workshop you can learn more about the combination of methods and tools for self-empowerment, working on traumas and stress reduction and prevention of burnout.
We will work on the following issues:

  • body scanning as tool of mindfulness meditation
  • using movements for improvement of self-esteem and expression emotions.
  • Preparing personal motivation cards
  • Reflection

The main aim of the workshop session is for the participants to improve their self-care skills.This experience may be a precursor to their mental well-being.
@Green Room

Intensive Workshop 3: Presentation of Queer Voices Film Festival.

Host: Maxim Cirlan, MOLDOX

Have you wondered how is it possible to organize a queer film festival in Eastern Europe? Would you be open to include in your program activities some queer-topic aspects and you do not know how? At this interactive workshop you will find out how film can be the best medium to address some important human rights issues, to build a community and to create impact. Maxim, the director of Moldox and Queer Voices film festivals in Moldova, will talk about his experience of running human rights film festivals. 
@Jungle Room

Intensive Workshop 4: Clear the air: dealing constructively with conflicts in groups.

Host: Michael Cramer, Klären und Lösen

In the first part of the workshop we will work out how conflicts might escalate and how to prevent escalation. In the second part I want to show you some useful techniques how to deal with conflict situations and to practice some of these techniques that are helpful for a constructive way to deal with differences or disagreement as well as for conflict.
@Class Room

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Coffee Break
@Jungle Room

6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner & Orga
@Jungle Room
7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Space. Talks, exchange of ideas, project presentations by participants for participants.
@Jungle Room

Saturday, September 24

8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast and Handing Out of Lunch Boxes
10:00 - 1:00 pm

Walking Tours

Walking Tour 1: City Quest – Play and Explore!

Guides: Tina Gholadze & Melita Phachulia

If you would like to discover one of oldest districts of Tbilisi, among them Chugureti, Marjanishvili, Agmashenebeli avenue and nearby places, explore history and culture, find hidden hints and perform funny activities, then join an exciting journey with us, compete and win prizes!

Meeting Point: Fabrika Lobby 10:00 am

Walking Tour 2: Participation through Demonstration.

Guides: Sophio Bachilava, Irina Jvarsheishvili & Kristine Gongadze, Civic Education Teachers Forum

City walk "Participation through Demonstration" is aimed to introduce and reanalyze the power of "voices", underline the role of civic activism for democracy and to examine how demonstration can be used for enforcing responsible entities to make positive changes. The mentioned city walk is based on recent historical events and important social issues from Georgia and contains six main stops. Besides providing verbal information, different types of materials can be applied while using the methodology.

Meeting Point: Fabrika Lobby 10:00 am

Walking Tour 3: Untitled Tour.

Guide: Giorgi Rodionov

It is a tour that tells the story of how untitled Tbilisi was established and what is the main methodology on bringing art as the bridge between communities and as the way to open up the discussions on human rights and equality in the region of the South Caucasus.
Participants will see not only the current exhibition in the space but also walk around the area of Isani district to find the hidden spots that are almost fully forgotten by people.

Meeting Point: Fabrika Lobby at 09:40 am for the shuttle bus.

Walking Tour 4: Tbilisi old city walking tour

Guide: Nika

The tour is provided from the local expert and Tbilisi-lover Nika, who is passionate about the city, its history and the good energy, emotions and inspiration it gives. You will discover the old city of Tbilisi from a different perspective, including interesting historical facts and incredible stories. During the tour you will see Freedom Square, Tbilisian courtyards and the oldest house in the old town, several important monuments and other significant places.

Meeting Point: Fabrika Lobby at 09:40 am for shuttle bus to Freedom Square

Walking tour 5: Backstreets of Tbilisi.

Guide: Zura

Alternative route of Tbilisi with interesting legends and hidden places. Starting from Fabrika through German Settlement, passing along flea market with cozy pedestrian streets of old town, discovering backstreets, courtyards and Tbilisi street art. Amazing architecture and history of Tbilisi will be told by Zura.

Meeting Point: Fabrika Lobby 10:00 am

1:00 - 6:00 pm Free Time
6:30 pm  Dinner & Closing Event
@Jungle Room

Sunday, September 25

8 - 9:30 am Breakfast (For anyone leaving early, Fabrika will provide breakfast packs).
9:30 - 11 am Check-Out and Departure


Our Team (on site)

Selbi Ataeva

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-23

Anna Gleser

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-32

Merle Schmidt

Specialist Advisor

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-34

Helge Theil

Senior Project Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-60

Young Expert Team

Address and Contacts

Hostel and Event Location Fabrika:

8 Egnate Ninoshvili St.
Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tel. +995 5931 12684 (from September 19 to 25 )
Tel. +4915118102514 (from September 5 to 19)

The MEET UP! Youth for Partnership program is financed by funds from the Federal Foreign Office and the EVZ Foundation