The Legend of Great Birth was a project implemented in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It aimed to promote common European heritage in relation to creation myths through the use of theatre.

Lead Partner

Theatro Aeroploio, Athens, Greece

  • Smashing Times, Ireland
  • Action Synergy, Greece
  • Fusion of Arts, Romania
  • AIDA Fondazione, Italy 
  • Stella Polaris, Norway
  • Stowarzyszenie Teatr Krzyk, Poland.
Funding Strand

Cooperation Projects under European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Community Grant



Smashing Times (Ireland) was one of seven partners involved in The Legend of the Great Birth (Legrebi), a European cooperation project funded by Creative Europe and implemented in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Legend of the Great Birth is a Creative Europe transnational project that explores, through the use of performance, a common European mythological heritage - the Myth of Creation. 

The 'Legrebi' project resulted in an original theatre performance, created with input from all project partners, and based on creation myths or legends of creation from each partner country. The play incorporated elements of mythological traditions from across Europe – including elements of Greek, Latin, Celtic, Nordic, and Slavic cultures.

The mythological stories are diverse yet also share common similarities, promoting a reflection on the ‘united in diversity’ motto of the European Union and an exploration of a common sense of European belonging. Performances took place in six countries across Europe,  Greece, Ireland, Romania, Italy, Norway and Poland, performed in a range of languages. 

Smashing Times also presented a Legends of the Great Birth Céili Dancing and original Storytelling performance at the City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival on 20th December 2019 at TU Dublin Grangegorman campus.  

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