POLIPHONY – COLLECTION OF DISSAPEARING EUROPEAN HERITAGE

POLIPHONY is a collaborative research project involving traditional and contemporary music and performing arts to discover, record and promote the disappearing cultural heritage of Ukraine. The main goal of the project is to digitalize and archive the last living peasant music in the remote areas of Ukraine and to present it Europe-wide by using contemporary tools of music and performing arts.


PROJECT MANAGER: Timea Szőke

 

PARTNERS: Miklós Both, Ördögkatlan Festival (HU), Ivan Honchar Museum (UA), Di mini teatro (FR)

 

GOAL OF THE PROJECT

The overall aim of the project is dual:

1.      

To collect, preserve and digitalize the rapidly disappearing cultural heritage of the peasant and folk music in the marginalized villages in Ukraine where among the elderly inhabitants we can still find songs that are carrying a few hundred years of fascinating tradition.

2.      

Draw attention to the importance of intangible cultural heritage in the contemporary society by presenting a good practice methodology which shows folk music in its cultural context.

 

PROJECT ELEMENTS

Open calls

Launching an open source online archive

Open workshops

Research

Fieldworking trips

Tour

 

OUTCOMES AND IMPACT OF THE PROJECT

Intangible

 

In line with our ambition to discover, preserve and promote the disappearing peasants culture in Ukraine we develop a special approach to traditional music, which does not consider it as an isolated entity but a cultural context - by presenting not only the music itself but also the different stories, traditions and customs surrounding it using contemporary tools - which will build a bridge between traditional and contemporary culture. During the programme we will also encourage cultural organizations, policy makers, individuals and artists to experiment with this strategy by learning about and experiencing the effect and impact of our approach.

 

PROJECT PERIOD

START OF THE PROJECT: 2017 Summer

 

END OF THE PROJECT: 2019 Summer

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