Legends on circular ruins is a project by Astragali Teatro-Eufonia, supported by the European programme "Creative Europe" for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The project features the implementation of artistic residences and of an international conference, from July 2018 to March 2019, in five archaeological sites, in Italy (Rudiae and Castro, in the province of Lecce), Spain (Segovia), Romania (Constanta) and Albania (Nivica). The sites and their history will be at the center of the activities through the collaboration between artists, archaeologists, operators of cultural heritage, communities. The project partners are the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Salento (Italy), the National Theater of Constanta (Romania), the 'Alicia Alonso' Dance Foundation of 'Rey Juan Carlos' University of Madrid (Spain), the International Theater Institute - UNESCO (France) and the National Coastal Agency (Albania). The interventions in the places will be site-specific and crossed by the presences, by the traces of mythological and historical figures such as Medea, Enea, Quinto Ennio, Ovidio, Maria Zambrano and many others, present in these places. Legends on circular ruins is based on the conviction that tangible and intangible cultural heritage is a resource that unites peoples, highlighting their crossings and syncretism, reviving memories and stories, regenerating, through the 'past', a deeper view of the present and of the future.
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The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage. Cultural heritage shapes our identities and everyday lives. It surrounds us in Europe's towns and cities, natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is not only found in literature, art and objects, but also in the crafts we learn from our ancestors, the stories we tell to our children, the food we enjoy in company and the films we watch and recognise ourselves in.
Cultural heritage has a universal value for us as individuals, communities and societies. It is important to preserve and pass on to future generations. You may think of heritage as being ‘from the past’ or static, but it actually evolves though our engagement with it. What is more, our heritage has a big role to play in building the future of Europe. That is one reason why we want to reach out to young people in particular during the European Year.
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