‘The Time and the Place: Culture and Identity in Today’s Europe’, is series of concerts and creative events from a Europe-wide choice of artists which aims to present and reflect on the findings of the first set of Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) projects to be funded, which are now drawing to a close.
To be held at King’s Place in London on the 31 May and 1 June 2013, the festival will feature artistic responses, performance events, film screenings, panel discussions and exhibitions presenting the findings of the HERA projects.
These projects, which were co-funded by the AHRC, aimed to establish modern cultural identities in a rapidly evolving Europe. The unique series of performances to be presented will focus on two key ideas – how the past relates to the present and how creativity can lead to new forms of innovation. The artists taking part reflect their cultural roots across a large and varied landscape from Northern Scandinavia to Eastern Europe.
As an example, one of the performers, Budapest Bár, is a world class gypsy band inspired by the evocative and eccentric Budapest café culture of the 1920s and 30s. The band, very popular in their native Hungary, return to London to open the festival following a highly commended performance last July for the BT River of Music festival. The second day of the programme will see the projects themselves presenting their findings in a series of interactive and participatory activities.
HERA is supported by a consortium of national arts and humanities research councils, and exists to push the boundaries of research at an international level. This joint research programme which funded the projects endeavours to show why the humanities have profound importance in our lives today as they respond to questions that cannot be easily tackled by the hard sciences. Ultimately, projects aims to contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human today in an ever-changing world.
Further details of the event are available at:
Details can also be found at the HERA website (http://www.heranet.info/final-conference-and-humanities-festival) where more information about the Network and projects funded is also available.