Mini-Munich, Germany

August 9, 2012

Inspirational visit to the city run by children.

Leila has just returned from Mini-Munich – a bi-annual event hosted at the Event Arena in Olympiapark, Munich.

For over 32 years , Mini-Munich has been the largest holiday program for children aged 7 to 14 in the City of Munich. Today, it is one of the most famous cultural and educational projects for children in Germany, and a model for over 100 play cities around the World, including Japan. It was incredible to see over 2,000 children create and run their own city, complete with science labs, a radio station, artist studios, and businesses inspired by the childrens entrepreneurial spirit. Children even designed, got planning permission and built their own outdoor structures! The city is shaped by the children, changing its character, pace and functions. It takes over 200 members of staff to run the event, including science professors, architects, carpenters, florists, sport practitioners, journalists and a small group of volunteers. The project is spearheaded by the incredible Margit and Gerd, who have overcome so many obstacles (with unwavering optimism) to deliver a platform for children to truly have their own public space.




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