The organisation team VKF-Workshop Hungary, represented by Galina Manyutina (27), Jan Engelhardt (27) and Nikoline v. Nieding (26), conducted a workshop at the Hungarian palace Amadé-Baj-záth-Pappenheim in Iszkaszentgyörgy in May 2018.
Since the fall of communism, the "Verein zur Kunst- und Kulturförderung in den Neuen Ländern", or VKF in short, founded by young people, has organised workshops on threatened monuments. At the workshops, up to 60 enthusiastic volunteers come together over a long weekend to help
with their own hands to preserve the monument. There are always three main goals: the best possible preservation of the monument, the support and encouragement of the people who take care of the monument and make it available for a public purpose, and the cultural exchange with the government.
What is special about the VKF's work is that people of different origins and ages come together to actively contribute to the preservation of a cultural monument in a place that they do not live in themselves and usually have only just got to know.
For the first time and with great success, this workshop was organised and carried out in Hungary by the young people of the VKF. In addition to the property search, this included discussions with the owner and the monument office. It had to be determined which work would be done, which materials would be used for walls and which colors windows or doors would be given. In the same way, qualified craftsmen and quarters had to be organised for the numerous participants. Sponsors were sought to cover the costs as well as a professional cameraman for a video documentation, which was premiered in Berlin on 20.06.2018 as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit.
The focus of the VKF's work in the coming years will be on Europe and youth. The VKF would like to organise an annual workshop in East Germany and one in the eastern neighboring states in order to make a contribution to the European integration. Since the members of the VKF have been getting older since its foundation, the association sees its second important task in continuing to inspire many young people to work on our cultural heritage.