European Project: The Legend of The Great Birth

The Legend of Great Birth is a project implemented in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.Its aim is to promote, through the use of theatre, the common European mythological heritage, specifically in relation to the Myth of Creation.

Mythology is a very important part of the intangible cultural heritage of Europe. It consists of a complex system of stories that are transferred from generation to generation and form a very significant basis for the identity of a country. Mythology hides the deep and rich past of different peoples, their traditions, and in the same time it forms their future. It influences the formation of a social consciousness, and acts as a connecting element between its citizens. It is an ark that hides its traditions, its customs, from metaphysical, pagan elements to customs of everyday life up until our present times.

The project is going to present around 60 performances in total based on a common scenario that includes elements of the mythological traditions from all over Europe (Greek, Latin, Celtic, Nordic, Slavic, Dacian). This common scenario is going to be brought to the stage in six different countries and performed in local languages by local actors.

The structure of LeGreBi is built around a central event, which is the theatre performance around mythology as intangible cultural heritage, together with many other activities. The programme of activities consists of various sub-events that address many forms and many categories of audience. These events are support events that are going to be organised inside the theatre (such as costume exhibitions, visual art creation, workshops, etc.). There will also be support tools that can be used also outside the theatre, such as a web portal and a publication focusing on the myths of creation and underlying their common elements.

The project is also going to develop an e-learning course in order to build the capacity of the professionals. The project is coordinated by Aeroploio Theatre and is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme. The project partners are Smashing Times, IrelandAction Synergy, GreeceFusion of Arts, RomaniaAIDA Fondazione, ItalyStella Polaris, Norway; and Stowarzyszenie Teatr Krzyk, Poland.

To visit The Legend of the Great Birth project website, click here.