The Project in a Nutshell
This project is run by five organisations in five European towns. Each supports young people in exploring local cultural heritage and helps them share their opinion about what this heritage means to them, how they see the future of cultural heritage and how it could be shown on a map that displays special itineraries in these towns for those who are curious about the local 'taste' of that settlement. Via several local and international meetings, interviews with locals, a research by online questionnaires and a closing conference, the project team will develop and share a deeper understanding of their local and European cultural heritage and also the ways they connect themselves to it.
Europe for Citizens, Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
2.2. Network of Towns – Reveal YouropEaN Cultural Heritage, ENriCH
European culture, due to its diversity & richness can signify an unprecedented source of knowledge. It is important to rediscover, use prudently & promote cultural heritage & values established by European nations & communities mainly among Y&Z generations who are, among others, having serious phone separation anxiety thus approaching to old traditions with certain doubts.
The aim of our project ENriCH is to support local decision makers & mainly young citizens in revealing the European identity & common values in their history & cultural heritage. Thus, ENriCH aims to reinterpret the European cultural heritage through dialogue of youth & decision makers. Thereby, the overall vision of ENriCH is awareness raising & recognition of cultural heritage at European level; strengthening the cognition of democratic decision-making & dialogue between youth & decision makers, thus fostering active citizenship & participation in democratic decision making. Morover, it aims at facilitating intercultural & intergenerational dialogue at local & European level about European heritage & the future of Europe.
I. Opening meeting: Sept 2018
II. Preparatory activities: 09 2018-01 2019
- set up of national groups: 8-10 young people, 2-3 local decision makers and or operative colleagues, 2-3 members of local cultural/youth/civil organisations - meeting on a monthly basis to prepare and follow up ENriCh events (creat city walk routes, prepare the map, making interviews)
- online surveys in each partner settlement: opinion of youth on their approach to cultural heritage, participation in decision making processes, citizenship and awareness of European values - event's thematic walks
- making the interviews: by the local youth members of national groups: collecting stories about cultural heritage of the city from elder generations
- preparation of city walk routes, first tested during ENriCH events, then made publicly available as alternative sightseeing walks, USE-IT (based) maps in each partner city
- welcome video created by national groups - uploaded to ENriCH youtube channel before the event
III. ENriCH events: 02-10 2019
- delegation from each partner: local decision makers, youth, representatives of a civil organisation
- innovative and participative methodologies
- aim of workshops:
- to present partner cities' contribution to the richness of European culture
- to examine what partner cities received from Europe (impact of European events and stories)
- to examine how the perception and attitude of the future generation have changed relating to these values, to their Eun identity
- intercultural aspects, European dimension targeted via the specific festival/day of the event
- testing prepared city walk routes
IV. Synthetizing results 10. 2019–02 2020
- online survey again with same issues as during preparatory phase, to analyse opinion of youth after the project events
- final publication: printed and online, summarizing the results of the surveys, etc, free to use USE-IT based online map of partner cities, policy recommendations. In English and in partners' languages
V. Final conference 25-26.02.2020.
- indoor-outdoor art and city knowledge competition about knowledge collected thru the YouropEaN Cultural Heritage events
- final publication and results of the project presented for local, national and EU stakeholders
Expected outcomes of the project
- innovative methodologies supporting the investigation on how the major European events affected partner cities and rediscovering local heritage contributing to common Euan CH
- promoting the idea "think European and act local": transnational dimension and active involvement of people at local level, making them conscious EU citizens
- building better network between partners, supporting intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding
- to contribute to citizens' understanding of the Union, its history and diversity: all YouropEaN Cultural Heritage events, with the support of culture, as a common language, with city walks, flashmobs, debates. Different aspects of CH at local and EU levels help the discovery of cultural and linguistic richness of EU, importance and milestones of EU integration, contributing to higher level of tolerant, respectful, multifaceted EU identity
- to foster European citizenship, improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level: 3rd event in Veszprém: the Europe Day event will be a platform for flashmobs and interactive games to foster citizens' willingness to go express their opinion and broaden their knowledge about active citizenship (especially important in 2019, being the year of European Parliamentary elections)
Specific aims targeted:
Union policy making process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level: awareness raising on volunteering: info about EVS and long-term volunteering in another EU country. Each YouropEaN Cultural Heritage event will result in recommendations on the topics of the events, the future usage of the cultural heritage concerned and steps needed at policy level: summarized in final publication and channelled to decision makers
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: Project Partners will use EYCH2018 logo and dissemination channels.