Comune di Castiglione del Lago – ITALY – Coordinator

STEMMA COMUNE GThe Municiapality of Castiglione del Lago is a public entity located in Umbria close to the Trasimeno Lake, area full of history and heritage since the Etruschian Age. The town was very important during this period but also during middle age and overall during the renaissance. Nowadays the town has many landmarks that testify to the presence of different societies for many centuries. Among them the Medieval fortress, the Renaissance Palace and all the medieval and etruscan walls that sourround the old town. In 2015 the Municipality inaugurated the European Office on occasion of a “Europe for Citizens” project that gathered more than 200 people coming from all around Europe to work and take part in events focused on culture, social entrepreneurship and European active citizenship. The main activity and objectives of this European Office, established at the Municipality of Castiglione del Lago in 2015 are:
– to offer an information service for citizens to bring them closer to the European Institutions and make civic participation more active in community decisions.
– to offers diversified information, training and design services according to user’s needs.
The activities are focused to raise awareness among youth organizations, educational institutions, adult education centers and ngo’s, in order to provide operators and volunteers with some tools to improve communication. We believe that participation in the proposed project will encourage mutual knowledge and networking.The Municipality is very active in the field of culture and heritage organising events related to the historical identity of the town. This identity has its roots in the Etruscan age, period in which the town was very powerfull together with the near Tuscan cities (Siena, Chiusi, Montepulciano). Among the main events organized by the Municipality there are the international folk festival, the festival of Spring and the international festival of historical groups that livens up the city with old (medieval and renaissance) costumes.
The town was very powerfull also during the renaissance age, era that gave us the highest number of landmarks (Palaces, churches, etc…).
This year the Municipality got from the Minister of Culture the right to use the logo of the “European year of heritage”, which means that all our activities will be advertised in the MIUR website. Conferences, events, theatre, concerts, historical re-act, exhibitions, all kind of events will be developed to continue a tradition that saw the Municipality of Castiglione del Lago very active in the field of Culture.
Our area is full of historical heritage and a project like that is the occasion to spread years of works to value this heritage. We consider our Municipality as an open-air museum: walking around the old town centre, you can breathe etruscan, medieval and renaissance atmospheres admiring the many buildings still existing.

Piazza A. Gramsci 1, 06061 Castiglione del Lago (PG)

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MPMM – Maison du Patrimoine Médiéval Mosan – BELGIUM

logo_couleur-mpmmThe Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan is situated in a huge ancient and renewed Spanish House located in a village close to the city of Dinant, with many social houses and poor families. The aim of the institution is to valorize the medieval heritage of the valley and the mosan region. The museum is also an interpretation center where visitors are guided through multisensorial activities to discover the evolution of castles, cities, religions, industry, citizenship etc.
Our project has been awarded with the Europa Nostra price (EU cultural Heritage price) in the category “Heritage Sensibilisation, Valorisation and Education”. This reward helped us to disseminate our project in and outside the region.
Tourism is the most developed economic activity in the region, thanks to beautiful natural sites and historical background.
Our museum welcomes schools, families, associations and… many tourists.
The visitors are invited to discover the permanent and temporary exhibitions and to participate in the different activities that the house organizes: workshops, youth and adults internships/trainings, events etc.
The association cooperates to regional and local wide projects gathering other organisations (public or private) in charge of heritage, culture, environment, sites valorisation, European partnerships, tourism etc.
The staff consists of 8 workers – archaeologists, historians, administratives, environment worker. +/- 20 people support the MPMM action. They are members of the Board, of the Scientifical Committee, or resource persons from the City and other ngo’s or non profit associations.

Place du Bailliage 16, Bouvignes, 5500 Belgium

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Dinant Creatve Factory – BELGIUM

logo creative factoryDCF is a one year old non profit organisation whose main goals are to support young artists to develop their professional activity and that in a heritage environment – castle, old brewery, church, gardens, museum and other places of interest. The first project consisted in the creation of a play by W. Shakespeare : “The two Gentlemen of Verona”, performed in Brussels in the “Horta style” covered court of a school (Institut St-Jean-Baptiste – St-Gilles), in Namur in the “Empire Hall” of the “Brasserie François” and in the Bayard Hall of the Cultural Center of Dinant. Seven of the nine actors left the Conservatorium of Brussels five years ago and have many difficulties to develop their employability. Two musicians (still studying at the Conservatorium) and two technicians (ending their initial training in Audio-Visual) were also involved in the project, under the direction of the artistic manager of the association. The second one was a mixture of music (piano – the artist works half-time as a doctor and half-time as a componist/musician), song (young singer), magic (with a young magician) and storytelling about Ch. Perrault fairy tales (3 young actors). It took place in the Collegiale of Dinant, a wonderful witness of the religious heritage. Four new projects are on the tracks, among which :
– the play “Railroad” proposed by the Dutch partner as a theatre training in English about World War 2 (C1)
– a music festival at “La Citadelle de Dinant” with a body painting show, an exhibition of young painters or photographers…
– a monologue (Eros Médina) about racism and the question of gender-feminism,
– a play about the French Revolution (Les Deux Charlotte).
The association is under the leading of a Board of 10 young volunteers + the president, with specific expertise in management, finances, social aspects, communication etc.
The artists are selected according to their job challenges, talent quality and working motivation.

Rue Haute, 1 – 5500 Dinant Belgium

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Society of Cretan Historical Studies / Historical Museum of Crete – GREECE

Logo museum CreteThe Society of Cretan Historical Studies (SCHS) was founded on 7th October 1951, with the aim of “supporting and promoting Cretan studies in the fields of archaeology, history, ethnography, language and literature from early Christian times onwards”.
The above aim is served via the following activities:
a) Founding and running the Historical Museum of Crete in Heraklion, and the Menelaos Parlamas Museum of Rural Life and Theano Metaxa-Kanakaki Weaving Collection, a branch museum in Piskopiano, Hersonsisos.
b) Holding temporary exhibitions, conferences and events.
c) Publishing works relating to Cretan studies.
d) Organizing educational programmes and activities.
The Historical Museum of Crete (HMC) was founded in 1953, charged with recording, preserving, documenting and promoting all forms of material evidence of Cretan history (artifacts, archive material etc.). HMC’s activities include: designing and holding permanent and temporary exhibitions; running educational programmes; organizing scholarly / cultural activities (lectures, film shows); collecting, recording and digitizing archive material.
In parallel with the above, since its foundation SCHS has carried out wide-ranging work to the benefit not only of historical monuments (e.g. the Basilica of St. Mark in Heraklion was restored at the Society’s expense), but also to the benefit of scholarly research, such as recording the unknown chapels of Crete and establishing the Cretan Place Name Archive, which includes 20,000 place names from all over the island.
With regard to promoting academic research, SCHS also has valuable work to its credit, via its publications and by hosting colloquia and conferences. The latter include the International Cretan Studies Congresses, which have become an institution of global renown.
The Society of Cretan Historical Studies is governed by a seven-member board and its stuff is consisting of 16 people of various expertise. The scientific stuff consists of three curators (a historian, an ethnologist and a librarian) responsible for the Museum collections and the head museum educationalist.

Sofokli Venizelou 27, 71202 Heraklion Greece

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Transversal Theater – NETHERLAND

logo trasversal teatreThe Transversal Theater Company explores performance, aesthetic and cultural modes and theories that are vital to theatre, performance, and media studies as well as to the creation of theater that ventures curiously, provocatively, and expansively to reflect on important social and political issues. Our approach is multifaceted and interdisciplinary. In addition to creating performances, we write academic books and articles, offer worshops on acting and other aspects of theater making, and organize conferences. Throughout our work, we not only engage research across the arts and humanities, but also from a variety of other fields, including cognitive neuroscience, robotics, and mathematics. The primary aim of Transversal Theater is to connect young scholars and artists with experienced academics and theater professionals, and, in effect, to foster exchanges, collaborations, and opportunities to learn, share, and explore new ideas, techniques, and insights. Transversal Theater has toured productions, given lectures, and taught workshops in fifteen countries altogether.
Transversal Theater has experience in intercultural theatre partnerships and in workshops. During the European Polytheatre project we worked together with several companies from different European countries in a similar way as we will with the Art Factory project. Different organizations will host each other and exchange knowledge and culture, ultimately also creating performances together. More recently, Transversal Theater collaborated with The Freedom Theatre in Palestine, which taught the participants from Transversal a great deal about working together with vastly different cultures, and how to find middle ground and create something valuable together.

Adelaarsweg 15 – 1021 BN – Amsterdam – Netherland

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