International youth club “Solveig” was created on the base of Karelian-Norwegian society in 1999.
The aim of the club is to organize international youth cooperation: realization of transboundary projects, which are made for youth; organization of cultural, educational, ecological, and journalistic international events and festivals.
Nowadays the club consists of 120 members in Russia and 70 members in foreign countries.
The club works in 7 directions:
- international (meetings and communication with foreigners, travels, education abroad);
- cultural (representing of Karelian and Russian culture for foreigners, organization of festivals);
- international journalism (education, practice and internships in foreign mass-media);
- ecological (ecological actions, projects related to environment);
- human rights (publications, international conferences, defense of youth rights);
- indigenous people (preservation of culture and traditions, seminars, theatre);
- youth enterprise and tourism (educational tourism).
During the past 12 years long-lasting partner cooperation with Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish youth organizations has been established. The club assists in reception of youth groups coming to Karelia and represents Karelian and Russian culture abroad.
The meetings take place two times a month, and representatives of different countries take part in them.
The club has also participated in several drama projects. Among them International youth musical and theatrical festival “Golden Keys” (in 2000,2003, and 2006) and International ecological festival “Let’s Defend the Earth’s Beauty” can be named. During the past 10 years the club have staged several performances in Russian, English, and Norwegian: “Opplevelse på historisk grunn” (”1703. Peter the Great and Kornelius Kruis”), ”Per Gunt”, ”Kalevala”, ”Troll’s smile”, which were put into stage in Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The club “Solveig” is a Russian partner in the project of International youth theatrical-historical camp “Travel into History: 200 years of Finnish autonomy” (2008-2009). The major directions of the work of the camp are history, theatre, video, and press. The moderators are well-known Finnish producers, historians, and journalists. The participants are young people from four Finnish cities (Helsinki, Juvaskyla, Turku, Lappeenranta) and from Russia (Petrozavodsk).