Ten Sing Seminar 2015 in Ulsteinvik, Norway

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From the 27th of July to the 2nd of August, 150 Ten Singers between the age of 14 and 18 were gathered in Ulsteinvik, a small town in Møre og Romsdal, to attend the Norwegian Ten Sing Seminar. The seminar is a one week course where you experience a week of Ten Sing work, and improve your leader skills. You participate in special groups, such as drama, guitar, dance, sound and lightning technique, social commitment, and so on. In addition to acquiring new skills at the special groups, you learn a lot more participating in different programme activities during the week. Some of the activities where choir, Sporty, Focus Hour, Singspiration and Thought of the Day. At the end of the week, all the hard work resulted in a big concert with the theme “Be yourself, stand up for others”. Friends and family could come and see what we learnt and prepared during the week.

The Ten Sing Seminar had a different theme each day; open, brave, evolving, fair and safe. These themes were presented at Singspiration in the beginning of the day and brought up again during Thought of the Day. Singspiration is a “waking up” group activity where you sing and get ready for the day. Thought of the Day was led by the leaders at the seminar. They talked about their personal experience with the theme, how we might feel about it and the session ended with a prayer. It was a nice way to end an eventful and fun day.

Personally I loved the seminar. It was my first time attending the Ten Sing Seminar. I was really scared in the beginning. To get to Ulsteinvik I had to take a nine hour long bus ride with the other participants, and I sat alone with music on my ears scared to talk to anyone. On the way back I had troubles choosing where to sit, and who to sit next to, I wanted to talk to everyone. Yes, it was hectic but it was a one of a kind-week, and I only have positive things to say about it. There`s just this great feeling after attending something with YMCA-YWCA. There`s always a great community. Everyone is accepted and the people are really nice and kind hearted. If the seminar could last a lifetime, I would easily attend.

– Sofie Sleipnes (15 years), member of Ås Ten Sing

All photos by Christian Svabø