Meet the team behind Brave Kids!

Our Erasmus + Intern, Kelly, had a chat with some of the people working for Brave Kids Headquarters and here is what they answered to her questions:

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Brave Kids Wrocław Headquarters team Photo credit: Mateusz Bral

Malika Murzagali (artist liaison at the Brave Kids project)

Malika grew up in Oskemen, Kazakhstan, in the eastern part of the country, close to the Siberian border. When she was little, she wanted to become a hairdresser when she grew up. Her best childhood memory is travelling in the middle of nowhere with her grandparents, kind of like a nomadic road trip, when she was 3 or 4 years old, trying the local food and having total freedom. The best place she’s ever been is Hong Kong, at the top of a mountain where stood a giant Buddha statue.

The best piece of advice she has received, came from a friend, who said that travelling a lot and staying in a place for no less than six months, makes you see yourself from a different perspective.

When Malika is having a bad day, she doesn’t want to bother her friends. She either goes for a walk, or she practices yoga, or she goes cycling, or she reads a book.

A great book she read recently is “House of Day, House of Night” by Olga Tokarczuk, whereas her favourite childhood book is “Vera and Anfisa” by Eduard Uspensky.

She is never tired of eating ice cream and apart from being a vegetarian, she is open to any food.

“Dreamer” by The Tallest Man on Earth is a song she could listen to all day long and George Steiner (literary critic and essayist, among other things) is the person she would have dinner with, if she could.

The accomplishment she is most proud of, is doing a headstand after three years of practicing yoga.

Finally, she is very excited for the Brave Kids Festival to start, to see the Brave superstars on stage and to see them integrating in their free time.

Serena Aznar (EVS volunteer)

Serena comes from Zaragoza, Spain. Her fondest childhood memory is the summer when she was four years old. She went with her family on a road trip from Zaragoza to Disneyland in Paris in a caravan. She remembers that it was great fun! Best place she ever visited however, is the Alhambra palace in Granada (Spain).

The best advice she has ever received came from her father, who once told her to try and find a job that whenever she wakes up in the morning doesn’t feel like she is going to work.

When she is having a bad day, she prefers to meet her friends and go together for hot chocolate to cheer up. The best book she read recently is “The lonely city” by Olivia Laing and her favourite childhood book is “The Golden compass” by Philip Pullman. She could listen all day long to the song “Holocene” by Bon Iver and if she could have dinner with anyone famous, she would choose Florence Welch.

Serena’s favourite food is tortilla de patatas and she can’t stand any food with cinnamon in it.

When she was a child, she wanted to become a dubbing actress in Spanish, specialised in fake French accents! Her biggest accomplishment so far, the one she is most proud of, comes from her time in the Brave Kids project. Finding and contacting the Colombian group from El Salado, and getting a Spanish group from Zaragoza to join Brave Kids Together in October 2019.

She is excited for the festival to begin, to meet all the kids and see their performances.

Tamar Kelaptrishvili (EVS volunteer)

Tamar comes from Georgia, from the city Akhaltsikhe (New Castle). When she was a child, she wished to become a forensic scientist. Her fondest childhood memory is a Christmas morning when she was four years old. Her mom, dad and sister woke her up to show her a little, chubby and white rabbit running around the living room.It was one of her biggest dreams at that age coming true!

The best piece of advice she has received is that if you want to change your life, you have to first change the way you think. The most beautiful place she has ever been is Rome, Italy. When she is having a bad day, she either talks to her family or she watches a good comedy, to make herself feel better.

A great book she read recently is “The alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and her favourite childhood book is “The diary of Anne Frank”.

She is never tired of eating buckwheat with sour cream and she could never eat snake meat. If she could have dinner with anyone famous in the world, she would choose Yann Tiersen.

The accomplishment of hers she is most proud of is having an amazing family and friends.

Finally, Tamar is excited for the Brave Kids festival to begin, she can’t wait to meet 120 kids from all over the world.

Silvia Travasoni (EVS volunteer)

Silvia was born in Ferrara, Italy, in the Emilia – Romagna region. Her best childhood memory is the time she spent at her grandma’s house between the age of 3 and 6 years old. Except from the colourful memories she has, of playing together in her grandma’s nice garden and playing soccer, Silvia also remembers and cherishes a particular story. How she would walk along the pavement, going to kindergarten, listening to a dog from the other side of the pavement, hidden in a garage, seeing only his nose!

The best piece of advice she has ever received was from someone who told her to try and see the situations as they are. Silvia tends to be idealistic and often gets stuck in an utopian world!

The most beautiful place she has visited was Trieste, in the north-east of Italy, close to the Slovenian border and Gdansk in Poland.

When she is having a bad day (but usually she doesn’t!) she likes to go to the gym to clear her mind.

A great book she read recently was “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and her favourite childhood books are the Harry Potter series, especially the first and the fourth ones.

She is never tired of eating sushi, she finds it beautiful, food for the body and the soul, she loves the philosophy behind it, how it has many different aspects and levels, like art. The one food she could never eat is chicken legs.

She could listen all day long to “Deutschland”, a song from the band Rammstein and if she could have dinner with anyone famous, she would choose Till Lindemann, their lead singer.

When she was eleven years old, Silvia decided that she wanted to study foreign languages and speaking several of them is the accomplishment she is most proud of, along with being able to communicate with different people and knowing different cultures.

Now that the Brave Kids festival soon begins, she is excited to meet the children, talk to them no matter what language they speak, observe how the artistic instructors work and the “kids teach kids” method. She is ready to experience all the colours from all around the world that will come to Wroclaw.

Kelly Papadopoulou (intern)

Kelly comes from Athens, Greece. Her best childhood memory is summer holidays with her parents and sister in the island of Paros, where all she did was being in the beach all day. The best piece of advice she has ever received is always live in the present. Recently, she visited Budapest, in Hungary and it was hands-down the most beautiful place she has ever been.

When she is having a bad day, she usually listens to music, goes for a walk or talks to her loved ones to make herself feel better. A great book she read recently is “Letters to a young poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke and her favourite childhood book is “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

The food she is never tired of eating is rice cooked in every possible way and she could never eat tripe, possibly, although she is quite adventurous with food. A song she could listen all day long is “Trimm Trabb” by her all-time favourite band Blur.

As a child, she wished to become an author of mystery novels because he had a vivid imagination. If she could have dinner with anyone famous, she would choose Meryl Streep. Hopefully she wouldn’t be too starstruck to talk with her!

The accomplishment she is most proud of herself is how she has grown over the years and she is not afraid anymore to speak her mind and stand up for herself.

Finally, with Brave Kids festival just around the corner, she is excited to get to know all these wonderful kids from different areas of the world, and to watch closely how they work with each other.

 

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