Out of War Experiences – Hope for the Future
University of Lincoln
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University of Lincoln, UK
Banca della Memoria ONLUS, Italy
Elliniki Trapeza Anamniseon, Greece
Michael Culture- Belgium
National Technical University Of Athens - NTUA, Greece
Threshold Studios Ltd, UK
The motivation of WE-Hope is to promote multiculturalism through sharing experiences of surviving conflict across generations, thus bringing ‘old’ Europe and ‘new’ Europe closer together in a common framework of hope for the future. We will build an interactive website/repository of stories, told by those who experienced conflict during the Second World War and by those who have fled conflicts more recently. Bringing these stories into dialogue will contribute to a recognition of shared experiences that can promote a sense of common humanity and citizenship.
There is also an additional intergenerational dimension, an intended dialogue between elders and younger generations. We will encourage engagement in various ways. Firstly, we will create an artwork inspired by the stories and by the Cantastoria tradition, which will visit sites across Europe, engaging audiences and promoting inclusivity thereby coming together. Secondly, we will create educational resources for informal and formal learning, which will be available on a dedicated website. Through these activities, multiple audiences will add and reuse/share content.
We will work with migrant and refugee communities and other underrepresented groups in order to valorise their multiple voices in the making of a common European cultural heritage. Finally, to celebrate the achievements of the project and to create a lasting resource for our many participants and the wider public, we will produce and make available a video documentary of all activities. We will seek to contribute to strategies for inclusion based on cultural heritage, and to this end will produce research based on our findings.