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With October 1st 2014, some of our members will officially start a new project that they have successfully submitted for EU funding.

SYMBOLS is a follow-up of a previous and very successful project EUCEMET, although with totally different kind of pilot activities and target groups.

The previous project already strengthened the importance of monumental or significant cemeteries, as witnesses and exhibitors of the European socio-cultural diversity, History and artistic movements, as well as the relevance of burial ceremonies and traditions. It highlighted that, through their structure (architecture, sculptures and mausoleums, green areas, churches, etc.) many cemeteries are a clear demonstration of the artistic evolution of the continent, mostly between Romanticism and Modernism (19th and 20th Centuries).

SYMBOLS is thus based on the key results of these exchanges of experience and research works, that have gathered many proposals to improve the accessibility and understanding of cemeteries. Specifically, we have selected the 4 basic and more recurrent conclusions, closely linked to the objectives of Creative Europe, in order to work and prepare the present application:

a) The need to work with new audiences, in particular the younger generations (youth public awareness) and people with disabilities, and opportunities derived from the cemeteries to offer them a different approach to European culture.

b) The need to investigate and learn more on our common elements/heritage found out all around European cemeteries (i.e. symbolism)

c) The need to reinforce the use of ICT and digital technologies to make the heritage more accessible and attractive.

d) The need to generate pluridisciplinar artistic activities in order attract visitors/general audience and to connect the cemeteries with the surrounding existing cultural and creative offers (products and services).

In order to fulfill such objectives, the partners of SYMBOLS have designed the following multidisciplinary and complementary cooperation activities:

1) The creation of an inventory of joint/common architectonic and artistic elements of European Cemeteries (symbols, sculptures, etc.) and their dissemination.

2) Discovery activities for and with younger generations & creation of new discovery routes on common European symbolism in cemeteries, including its integration into the existing Augmented Reality Browser application (ARTOUR).

3) Adaptation of the Augmented Reality Browser (ARTOUR) application to the needs of blind audiences.

4) Creation of a Joint Multidisciplinar Exhibition around “symbols” (with prints, music & dance), through 2 short-term joint residences of artists, and circulation of the results throughout Europe.

5) Workshop1 and 1st Manual of Good practices on new audiences (Young people)

6) Discovery activities for and with people with disabilities (blindness & deafness)

7) Workshop 2 and 2nd and 3rd Manuals of Good practices on new audiences (Deaf and Blind people)

8) Dissemination activities

Project partnership

Project was submitted by Avilés Municipal Foundation for Culture (Spain), in cooperation with Maribor Cemetery (Slovenia), Genoa Municipality (Italy), Dundee & Angus College (United Kingdom), Communauté de Communes du Nebbiu (France) and Limerick School of Arts & Design (belonging to Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland), the project