Sophie Michelin, Founder, ArtCamp International in Hungary
- 11 Jun 2020 12:30 PM
Lately she was inspired by her daughter to go on a new adventure and create an ArtCamp for 8-12 years kids in Hungary.
A summer camp in Tihany where local and expat children can explore art and nature, leaving the digitized world behind.
1. Where did you grow up?
I grown up in Budapest, but till age of 40 I was always living abroad exploring and learning other cultures.
2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I love Hungary, coming back to my roots. Still I have very strong connection to Southern Europe, Italy, France. So when I retire, maybe Corsica.
3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
Talking this beautiful and sacral language and sharing thoughts about Hungarian art, history, music which could hardly understood by a foreigner.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
The architecture is so colorful. I just love to walk on Budapest streets and wonder around the houses inside or outside. Find a facsinating gate or a lovely balcony with well thought sculptures.
5. What is your favourite food?
I am a chef & sommelier, so deciding about favourite food is hard. I like the balance of sweet-salty-sour in my dishes.
6. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
Tihany. I love the small hill, where each day I can hike up and look down to the Balaton. I also enjoy that there are all type of sport activities you can do around from water sports to even flying.
7. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I wanted to be an orchestra leader, still I would love to be around music. The ArtCamp concept went fast further that my daughter dreamed, next year we will integrated other arts as well, such as music, dancing or theater.
8. What was your inspiration to create the camp?
My daughter is an artist. She loves to do any artwork. We have participated many kids activities around the city. Only the ones which was done by mothers, who learned certain techniques were quality ones. So I realized if I wish to have a great ArtCamp to my daughter, I need to create the program with moms and high level Art teachers at the same time, then the camp will have a great balance.
9. Where did you spend your last vacation?
In Corsica, we loved the island, and I definatly will go back there.
10. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
I can resist mostly anything, it is more about a decision in my mind do I need it or not. I am learning to do and have what I need and not what I desire. We have our planet and our future to take care, and the smallest step could be that we all start to focus on our consumption being more consious.
11. Red wine or white?
I am a sommelier, but lately I started to have regular sickness from wine. So I would say could be white or red, but deffinatly biodynamic.
12. Morning person or night person?
Absolutly a morning person. I like to get up early and drink my tea when the city just gets up.
13. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
For me, Education starts to be the biggest concern, specially in Hungary and Europe. I believe that Western World has a deep heritage on knowledge, culture. I can see we forgot to teach these to our kids in schools.
They do not know anymore who was Bach, Puskin, Ibl Miklos and what was their heritage not just through their art but also how they lived their lifes. I am afraid we forgotten what makes us human and if we do that we won’t be able to be human to each others, to our nature and our planet. To be socially responsible we shall be enough educated.
14. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
My son is 19 now, and I think he is a great kid, not just smart but also with a high emotional intelligence.
15. What would you say is your personal motto?
For me, life is a learning journey to understand where we come from and go away with the satisfaction: „I did as much as I could to make the world a better place.”