“CultureLabs” has started!

As of April 1st 2018, a new exciting project has started: “CultureLabs” is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Framework Programme and will explore how culture and heritage can be instruments for social inclusion.

CultureLabs will develop a digital platform to support those heritage institutions such as libraries, museums and theatres who wish to work with communities from immigrant, refugees or migrant backgrounds to share cultural heritage and understanding. A quick description of the project’s aims can be found here.

Nine partners will work collaboratively across six countries and particularly on four case studies, two in Italy, one in Finland and one in the UK. This is a new approach to social engagement with new citizens and it’s about sharing information and culture both ways; with new residents learning the cultural heritages of their new homes and sharing information about their own history with their new communities. CultureLabs will support participation in culture and the primary focus will be on approaches that build positive awareness about communities’ own heritage and memories, and engage their members as bearers and producers of culture.

 The CultureLabs platform will be used to enable community participants to document, share and reconfigure their own cultural content. Digital technology will be used to create dialogue between communities and it will be designed with the end-users in mind.
The project’s official kick-off took place in Athens on April 12-13 2018, hosted by the project coordinating partner, the National Technical University of Athens. Other partners together with SHU are the European Forum for Migration Studies at the University of Bamberg (Germany), Singular Logic (industry, Greece), Platoniq (social enterprise, Spain), Fondazione Sistema Toscana and COOSS (cultural cooperatives, Italy), Museovirasto – The Finnish Heritage Agency (public heritage body, Finland), and the People’s History Museum (UK).

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