The European Cultural Heritage is a unique melting pot of different cultures. "United in diversity" - that is the declared motto of the EU and a guiding principle of this unique community of nations. At the same time this motto bears a task for all Europeans, to create a synergy of cultures, to regard each single culture as a valuable part of the unique community in the context of other cultures. Increasing the awareness of this precious cultural diversity contributes to the development of a shared identity in Europe.
The EliCCon-project aims to explore the rich cultural diversity of europe and raise awareness about its high value for our common life. The focus is on the lived cultural heritage: the values, the traditions, customs and habits. The more the people in Europe will learn from each other, the more fears and prejudices against other cultures can be reduced and valuable synergies can arise. Nowadays learning about lived cultures in Europe requires to consider also cultures from non-european countries, that are practised in Europe and the change of cultures in the course of time.
The project teams from Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and UK will explore the lived cultural heritage in their societies. They will photograph or film examples of the lived cultures, making interviews with people and organisations that practise traditions. The teams will present the results with exhibitions, intercultural encounters, films and other digital and artistic means. The audience are the project teams, their large networks as well as education providers, associations, companies and people of all ages outside the project.
The exchange between the countries is of particular value. Because people have a certain idea of strangers, which makes it easier for them to classify others. Such stereotypes are mostly inconsistent with reality. Through the mutual exchange of information about the lived cultural heritage of the respective countries stereotypes can be reduced enormously. The active exchange of cultures through non-formal and informal learning contributes to the growing together of the European states and to the fight against nationalism and xenophobia.
The project teams will conduct four transnational webinars, where each project partner will present examples of the lived cultural heritage in his country. The recordings of the webinars will remain available for free to all people. The results of the project are summarized in a free e-book (OER) in order to ensure the sustainability of the project.