AMIEurope

AMIEurope – Art Migrations Into the EUROPEan Cultures

The topic of the project is the history and culture of European peasant societies in XIX and XX centuries, portrayed from the artistic point of view and taking into consideration the generational differences. The project also raises the question of the social changes in Europe, including the issue of village-city migrations. The participants of the project will conduct field research in order to point the similarities and differences that occur in this societies in Europe in the space of years and analogies to the contemporary occurrences. The results will be presented in an artistic way. Art plays a major role in the project as a mean of expressing individual identity and belonging to the local community and also do underline the common values.

PROJECT AIM

The project encourages the cooperation and mobility of artists who will accompany three groups of young people from Europe (Italy, Spain, Poland) in the journey through the similarities and differences of European cultures.

Programme: Culture 2007-2013 Cooperation Action (Strand 1.2.1)
Duration: 01.05.2009 – 30.09.2011
Coordinator: Comune di Rionero in Vulture (Italy)
Partners:

  • Ajuntament de Sóller (Spain, Majorca)
  • Associazione culturale Tetes de Bois (Italy)
  • University of Lodz, Poland

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TARGET GROUPS

Direct: artists, youth, social and ethnic minorities, cultural experts, educational institutions, young people endangered by the risk of social exclusion.

Indirect: private and public tourist and cultural operators (artistic groups, local authorities, cultural associations, museums, higher education institutions), general public.

On the one hand, the project promotes interculturality and a sense of European citizenship, on the other, it aspires to stimulate the development of local societies through:

  • bringing closer the realities of town and country by creating the network of connections between the cultural heritage of these territories;
  • consolidation of cultural identity on the local level and expansion of European identity on the foundation of interculturality;
  • promotion of local cultural resources that are also interesting in the communitarian dimension;
  • promotion of the local development through social participation.

Project participants are to follow the traces of culture in the rural areas that are still to be fund in the local cultural identity. The goal of the project is to show through art, how the evolution of our identity has been defined by the transformation from rural to urban culture. This will enable to reach the sources of many cultures and ethnic groups that used to inhabit Europe and enriched the continent with their beliefs and traditions. Rediscovering the world of rural tradition and culture is essential, so that the further development of mankind and culture, civilisation and economy, is coherent with our origins. It is important to redefine the concept of urbanity, as the cities are the main development engine and the fundamental source of cultural identities.

The project participants are mainly young people, youth is also thought as the project’s target group. They will be engaged in research on traditions, customs and generally perceived cultural identity of the rural communities. Other issues relate to the problems with social inclusion of migrants. It touches the disappointment of their stay in the “promised land” and hard work taken up in order to improve their conditions of living or to save enough money to come back to their homeland. It is important for the youngs to know these issues, as there exists the connection between the past and the present relating to the difficulties in facing and accepting the diversity on the political, social and personal levels. The evolution of mass culture is unifying European societies, despite the fact that the continent is extremely diverse. At present each city exists within the multicultural pot comprised of various ethnic groups. The activities intended to balance the social inequalities are very often contradictory and thus not efficient, and school education is not capable of providing the knowledge in the intercultural context.

PROJECT CHARACTERISTICS

The characteristic of the project is the usage of art in many contexts:

  • as a tools to search and express similarities and differences in time and places;
  • as a way to promote social policy;
  • as a catalyst for the local development;
  • to promote interculturality and the sense of belonging to community.

The project relates mainly to culture and the concept of interculturality. Artists and the local community will be engaged in activities. They will help to promote the intercultural exchange and cooperation in the field of culture through research on the rural societies in Poland, Spain and Italy. For young people the project will be both, a personal experience and a form of vocational training, which equips them in the ability to promote the cultural heritage. The research on cultural and historical similarities and differences combined with social changes will be carried in relation to time as well as place. The result of the cooperation between the youth and artists will be an interpretation and artistic presentation of these similarities and differences.

SIGNIFICANCE OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • High European added value
  • Coherence with the specific objectives of the Culture Programme
  • Innovation and expertise
  • Social impact of activities
  • Cooperation and integration
  • Dissemination of results
  • Accessibility of results
  • Long-term impact of the project
  • Efficient management and quality assurance

THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITES

KNOWLEDGE: SEARCHING OUR MEMORIES

The aim of the research in the project is to record the similarities and differences in the space of time and generations in rural societies and the search for the European identity through the identification of intercultural links in Poland, Italy and Spain, both in the past and today.

People involved: the youth, artists, sociologists, historians, general public.

Activities: gathering information on the daily life, customs, traditions of the rural communities, documentation and analysis of collected information, objects, pictures. The information will originate from the interviews with the members of multigenerational families living in the country.

INNOVATIVE INTERPRETATION: THE ITINERANT EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORY

Goals: artistic interpretation of collected information and materials.

People involved: young people and artists from three partner countries (12 students from each country , artists and elderly people will take part in each laboratory).

Activities: development of the artistic ideas by the participating youngs (three groups, each comprising of 12 youngs) based on the results of the field research.

THE EVENT: ITINERANT VILLAGE FESTIVAL

People involved: three groups of young people preparing works of art, young people active in the field of tourism together with the professionals engaged in the organisation of the festival, artists, local communities.

Activities: organisation and participation in the Itinerant Village Festival

PARTNERSHIP

TOWN OF RIONERO IN VULTURE, ITALY – COORDINATOR

Rionero in Vulture is located on the eastern slopes of the Vulture mountain. The area is famous for Aglianico vineyards and its natural beauty, such as springs, ancient forests, numerous animals, birds and unique species of butterflies. The Monticchio lakes are prised as exceptional wonders of nature. The historic tradition of Rionero is connected with Giustino Fortunato, a politician and essayist who actively engaged himself in the southern question and Carmine Crocco, a famous bandit, who led the army of three thousand man in the period of Italian unification. The town was almost completely rebuilt after is had been stuck by an earthquake in 1694.
Source: www.comune.rioneroinvulture.pz.it www.aptbasilicata.it

REGION OF SÓLLER, MAJORCA, SPAIN – PARTNER

The town is located in the central part of the Sierra de Tramontana. Its origins go back to the Arabian rule on the island. The best way to discover the city is to walk through the cobbled streets admiring the facades with semi-circular arches and patios with orange trees. The examples of the most characteristic architecture on the island are houses built at the turn of the XIXth and XXth century by emigrants, who came back to Majorca after growing more prosperous abroad. Their style can be described as colonial or modernist. The facades were decorated with geometric, iron patterns that are considered real pieces of art. The central part of the city is Plaça de la Constitució, dominated by bars and restaurants. The square is also a place where the shopping street Carrer de la Lluna begins. Port Sóller is located in the large natural bay with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels near. The best way to admire the beauty of the bay is to get a boat ride from harbour.
Source: www.ajsoller.net

UNIVERSITY OF ŁÓDŹ, POLAND – PARTNER

Łódź is located in the central Poland. The geographical and ecological diversity, concentration of plants and numerous wild animals, rare species of birds and picturesque reservoirs make the nature of this region one of a kind. There are many interesting ethnographic areas in the region. They pride on the colourful outfits, the abundance of folk art (weaving, pottery, embroidery) and the living tradition of rituals and customs. There are many active folk singers and groups, story-tellers and fiddlers.

University of Lodz is one of the largest Polish universities located in central Poland, with more than 40,000 students and almost 4,000 personnel in 12 faculties and some interdisciplinary organizational units, such as Centre of Excellence KNOWBASE and High-Tech Accelerator Innovation Centre. The University of Łódź offers 33 degree graduate programs and 134 specializations, a wide selection of PhD programs is also available along with 90 postgraduate studies. The concept of lifelong learning has important place in our institution’s mission. Each year we monitor occurring changes and developments in education. We try to propose forms and contents of teaching relating to the modern, high European standards.
Source: www.uni.lodz.pl
www.regiony.poland.gov.pl

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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