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For another year, Russia celebrated the annual festival ‘Philosophy as a way of life’ – dedicated to commemorate World Philosophy Day – with the motto ‘Searching for Harmony’. The New Acropolis Chelyabinsk branch participated for the first time with a program of activities entitled ‘The human being in search of harmony’. Via different types of art (cinema, theater, music) participants undertook an unusual journey through time and space. How can we find harmony with ourselves, with people and with the world around us in our difficult and tumultuous time? Trying to answer these questions, participants turned into characters from the book The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry, traveled to Florence during the  Renaissance period and even became … sea-gulls from the famous story by Richard Bach. At the end of the event all participants united for a final song. The event was attended by a large audience, as well as by the head of the Department of Philosophy from one of the most prevalent universities of the Urals region.

Philosophical performance called “Human being is searching for harmony”. Philosophical performance called “Human being is searching for harmony”. Philosophical performance called “Human being is searching for harmony”. Philosophical performance called “Human being is searching for harmony”.

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On a Sunday, volunteers of New Acropolis in Nizhny Novgorod along with children from a boarding school, manufactured shovels, among other things, for the removal of snow.

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Open mic attracted a lot of talented and sincere young people. Anything original was welcome – poems, prose, song, dance – though participants were asked to keep whatever it was that they did to 7 minutes.

We closed out the night with conversations about love over tea.

 

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An evening dedicated to the reading of short stories by O. Henry. This activity was presented for the first time and turned out to be a very creative experience. Texts appeared on a big screen and after reading them, participants began a debate. The activity focused on the meaning of each story, on the main ideas, as well as on the analysis of the characters. Participants tried to relate to the characters and understand the reasons for their actions.

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The human being has always sought answers to the most relevant questions. One of the most important is the meaning of life. Do all our victories and satisfactions, our pain and our doubts have meaning? What is the point of life? Should we look for it? And if it exists: how can we fill our life with meaning? What advice can be given us by the wise persons of the past and of the present, from Socrates, Confucius and Seneca to Leo Tolstoy, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Viktor Frankl?

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The mural of The School of Athens is only one of the four that make up the series of la Stanza della Segnatura, a room to sign documents in the Vatican. The room was designed and decorated by the great Raphael, who extrapolated philosophical ideas into paintings. The symbols of the center of the roof pertain to the supreme ideal, source of the major archetypes of Plato: truth, justice, good and beauty. These ideas, represented by four figures, are captured in the paintings on the walls. The School of Athens corresponds to the wall of Philosophy and refers to Truth. A talk was held on the philosophers depicted in the mural, their ideas and basic concepts.

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New Acropolis organized this trip to various countries and eras, to recognize the culture and traditions of different nations of the world. During the first part of the evening folk dances took the stage. Folk dancing is always an attempt to get closer to nature, to understand its laws and remain in harmonious interaction with it.
It consists of dancing together, hand in hand, and it is not necessary to be a professional, and is therefore accessible to everyone!

The second part of the evening was dedicated to the Renaissance. Generosity, beauty, elegance, gravity are the qualities that distinguish the dances of this period. Modern dances were very much part of this joyful evening as well!

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