Lead partner: Groteska (Poland)
Artform: Performing arts, Cultural heritage
Year funded: 2006
Funding strand: Annual funding
Community grant: €150,000,00
St Patrick's Festival (IE), Theatre Maskaron (CZ), Heart of the Dragon, Wales (UK), Teatro do Elefante (PT), Arlekin Theatre (PL)
The main theme of the project ‘The Great Dragons Parade - European Myths and Legends’ was the common European heritage of myths and legends about dragons across Europe. By working in partnership and exchanging experiences, the project sought to develop a methodology to involve children and young artists in projects showing Europe’s shared myths and legends.
The aim of the project was to bridge different cultures by working together to experience mutual cultural heritage. Stage performances were organised using dragons as a leading theme. Street parades and plays on water, based on myths and legends of the participating countries, were developed for a wide audience.
The project included workshops for artists, teachers and children, which brought people from different cultural backgrounds to work together on familiar themes. It opened up the mythical history of the continent for people to share. People participated in the project in an active and creative way. The performances involved children working with professional artists.
The project resulted in the production of three shows presenting European legends in the Czech Republic, Ireland and Poland. There were approximately 600,000 participants in 6 countries, and an even broader audience was reached through an Internet broadcast of the event in Krakow.