The NATUR project is instigated as part of the European Union’s Year of Cultural Heritage and will build on the partner’s work connecting Nordic Artists with one another and the UK to creatively explore shared stories, culture and heritage. It will deliver a series of new artworks, across music, visual and performing arts to activate the archives and promote our shared culture through major festival presentations.
The first NATUR project will broadly interrogate 7 themes through the archives of each country that shaped and continue to forge a shared Northern identity - folklore and language, merchants, fisheries, industrialisation, conflict, oil, and women's history. Establishing the NATUR network through both narrative and working partnerships it will enable archives to more efficiently work with creative industries and support communities in accessing and creating international identities from the shared heritage of five deeply connected countries. By enabling artists from each country to undertake residencies with overseas partners it will trace the stories that fall between the gaps where one set of archives, memories and tales ends and another, over the water, begins.
Throughout 2018, the EU will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage. Cultural heritage shapes our identities and everyday lives. It surrounds us in Europe's towns and cities, natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is not only found in literature, art and objects, but also in the crafts we learn from our ancestors, the stories we tell to our children, the food we enjoy in company and the films we watch and recognise ourselves in. #europeforculture