“Is it still possible to speak about identity in a strongly globalized and contaminated context, marked by uprooting, mobility and migration? The re-emergence of nationalism reveals a new urgency concerning the sense of belonging that contradicts existing cultural hybridization.”

These and other issues will be discussed at the international seminar in Florence, organised by The Murate Contemporary Art Projects and the European University Institute on Thursday –  November, 22.

The event aims aims to provide insights, analysis and reflections about global identity dynamics, with particular attention to cultural production, the hybridization of languages ​​and postcolonial narratives.

The day is also an opportunity to examine the Europe and its cosmopolitan identity, the relationship between art, global and local dimension as well as the relationship between art and modern cities.

See the programme and the speakers on: http://www.lemuratepac.it/en/global-identities/

Uncovering the Hidden Heritage of Europe

With 98 stories submitted, the European Heritage Stories is one of the key initiatives of European Year of Cultural Heritage. By presenting Europe’s hidden heritage gems, it enables a wider recognition of less known heritage places and objects, highlighting the remarkable work of local heritage groups.

Moreover, the grants programme that will be available to ten selected stories is a way to support the ideas that can change Europe’s heritage landscape.

Specifically, the Call for European Heritage Stories is a pilot initiative intending to identify the European Dimension of heritage sites and heritage work undertaken by the communities in Europe. It refers to past or existing “stories” that communities would like to share and potentially develop into a project to further contribute to their communities.

The Call is one of the key initiatives within the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018, organised under the two slogans: “European Year of Cultural Heritage: The Art of Sharing” and “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. In the framework of the joint vision of shared European values, the Call is also open to the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award winners and the European Heritage Label sites.

Source: www.europeanheritagedays.com/Home.aspx

CultureLabs - Meeting in Barcelona

Last 3rd and 4th of July, CultureLabs consortium gathered in an intense and productive two-day workshop at the huge ex-industrial-now-cultural “creation factory” Fabra i Coats in Barcelona.

The two-day meeting helped CultureLabs to be shaped as an increasingly more coherent project, in which actors share a common language and know each other’s understandings and goals for this three years journey.

The workshop has been conducted and defined the methodology and working methos around which the project will be structured: user-centered design, agile development, and co-creation to the environments of social innovation through Cultural Heritage.

The sessions were framed under the metaphor of cooking vocabulary used by CultureLabs: participants were building projects as if they were recipes, which made it much easier in terms of ingredients (anything needed for a collaborative project to turn out tasty and well prepared); addressing the needs of different target audiences.

The work finalised three examples of social innovation and social inclusion presented as recipes: Platoniq’s “Moving communities”, People’s History Museum’s “Community curating” and COOSS’s “Human library”; helping how to translate the different actions into a recipe.


Further information about the meeting was collected in our “Resources” section: please see the Workshop Facilitator’s Manual and the Ignition Workshop Report.


The Medici touch: exhibition shows how Florence fell for Islamic art

A range of educational proposals aimed at visitors to the Galleries, with particular attention to the Florentine public and new citizens, who will appreciate an extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage coming from the Islamic countries of the Mediterranean up to Persia.

This initiative promoted by the Uffizi Gallery is a sign of the continuity of exchanges and contacts between the Tuscan capital and the Islamic world in its many facets since the Middle Ages.


The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC) in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) and the International Committee for Regional Museums (ICR) have launched their joint project Migration:Cities | (im)migration and arrival cities


The project is strongly related to migration and the current refugee crisis. How was the project born? What are its main aims?

The project Migration:Cities was organically born a couple of years ago in late 2014, when CAMOC decided that City Museums and Migration would be the theme to reflect on throughout 2015, the year CAMOC Committee celebrated its 10th year anniversary.  Read more

An “intercultural vision” of some masterpieces of the Uffizi Galleries

“Views from around the world” narrates the meetings of different cultures at the Uffizi Galleries.

The project is an opportunity to compare perspectives from several countries, a step towards building an intercultural dialogue.

“Views from around the world” discloses feelings, thoughts and memories originated from the encounter between art and people of different cultures, suggesting singular perceptions, enriching the cultural heritage and promoting an intercultural exchange.

With the purpose of fostering the social role of the museum, this project is the result of a research that involved local associations and citizens of different backgrounds.

People from different cultures offer their point of view, sharing a different way of seeing and experiencing the museum and its heritage.

Source: Galleria degli Uffizi

Culture Labs: image from kick-off meeting

What is CultureLabs?

CultureLabs is an Horizon 2020, funded under the Societal Challenges pillar, with the aim to develop novel methodologies and ICT tools that can facilitate the organisation and wider deployment of participatory projects for social innovation through cultural heritage.

CultureLabs’ case studies and pilots focus on different immigrants communities and seek to build bridges between their grassroots living culture and institutional cultural heritage.


How to build and encourage social innovation? A brief “cooking” lesson

The first step is to identify the needs of institutional stakeholders as well as of immigrants and the kind of resources – “ingredients” that will be collected in the CultureLabs and experimented/implemented during the pilots.

After collecting ingredients, the project envisages to define what a “recipe” should comprise and what kind of digital services can assist the succesful organisation of such recipes. How do partecipatory activities enable social inclusion? How to encourage it through cultural heritage?

Of course, there are “chiefs” that have already made existing recipes. In this regards CultureLabs would thank the participants of our kick-off meeting, speakers representing REACH project and Greek organisations active in the Cultural Heritage and social innovation fields:


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