Work Package 7: Engagement with young people’s cultural practices

[Months: 4-30]

Partner Institutions: DU, PILAR, CRRC, MSGSU, UPFCulture CovUKBA, SPPU, HAW HAMBUR

CHIEF’s approach to cultural literacy and enhancing inter-cultural dialogue aims to improve understanding of how the grass-root practices, attitudes and concerns that constitute young people’s everyday cultural participation, shape their perceptions of cultural heritage and European cultural identity. WP7 examines a wide spectrum of young people’s cultural activities embedded in local contexts and driven by young people’s own perception of what is culturally significant to them. The emphasis is on participants’ self-produced cultural and heritage understandings. Informal groupings of young people will be accessed to study their utilisation, negotiation and adaptation of public space for artistic, sporting and creative activities (e.g. Barcelona’s informal music festival and skateboarders’ use of Coventry’s historical quarter). The analysis of data will be informed by theoretical ideas concerning the commons (urban spaces in common use are often shaped by the official interpretation of history, architecture and identities and seen as emplaced cultural heritage), the use of common space and place, and how young citizens understand their rights to the city. Central to the research undertaken in WP7 is a ‘bottom-up’ approach to cultural heritage-in-the-making through close attention to the sites and cultural practices that hold meaning to young people.