On September 13th, 2021, the initial meeting of the project “#EUDefenders -Reloading European Cultural Heritage through digital storytelling and media literacy” was held. Its purpose is to promote European cultural heritage in times of Covid-19, as well as to enhance greater European awareness among youth to understand their responsibility to preserve it.

In its first phase, the project includes research activities such as a mapping of cultural organisations and good practices in cultural management during the pandemic. A virtual survey will also be launched to find out the barriers to access to cultural heritage and the level of cultural participation. To finalise this stage, focus groups will be held with young people, youth workers and cultural agents to find out their requirements on how to promote cultural heritage through digital tools. This research process will crystallise in a toolkit and in a digital magazine on European cultural heritage, specifically focused on Spain, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. Both intellectual products will be tested in the second phase of the project, in transnational trainings and local workshops for the acquisition of competences in digital storytelling and media literacy. Finally, this European initiative will end in early 2023 with a European Cultural Heritage Fair that will take place in the city of Salamanca. In this event, the findings of the project will be announced, as well as presenting new ways of creating, managing, disseminating and consuming creative and cultural products in times of pandemic.

“#EUDefenders -Reloading European Cultural Heritage through digital storytelling and media literacy” is coordinated by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, in collaboration with Biderbost, Boscan & Rochin (Spain), Fundación ASPAYM Castilla y León (Spain), CEIPES (Italy), Rosto Solidário (Portugal) and More Mosaic (Sweden). This project is co-financed by the Erasmus + program of the European Commission