The two main goals of the SYMBOLS project are the exchange of cultural and creative works, and the facilitation of greater access to culture.
Avilés Municipal Foundation for Culture (ES)
Communauté de Communes du Nebbiu (FR); Genoa Municipality (IT); Dundee and Angus College (UK); Limerick School of Arts & Design - LIT (IE); Maribor Cemetery (Slovenia – Presidency of the ASCE - Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe) (SE).
Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects
SYMBOLS “Culture of Death & Cultural Life: New Audiences and Creations around European Cemeteries”, led by the Fundación Municipal de Cultural of the Avilés City Council, is an international cultural cooperation project co- financed by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme.
The two main goals of the project are the exchange of cultural and creative works, and the facilitation of greater access to culture. In order to achieve these goals, funerary symbols are used as a common subject and source of inspiration between the project partners and the artists involves.
Testimonial from Irish Partner
'Having worked on the Creative Europe project SYMBOLS since it's inception in 2014 until the projects close this January as artistic director, I can now say it has been a challenging and expansive experience. The project had a strong focus on printmaking as a cultural art form for disseminating information, which married perfectly with the ethos of SYMBOLS developing a pan European database of codes used in cemeteries. The project employed 40 artists across the visual and performance arts and saw for the first time ever in Europe, professional dancers responding to the prints made by the visual artists selected to participate in this project. The rich and diverse influences from the artists' responses representing Ireland, Scotland, Corsica, Belgium, Italy, France, Slovenia and Spain, highlighted the differences and similarities of the evolution of funerary culture throughout Europe and the need for every society to communicate the language of death and through this the ephemerality of life.'