Given the experience of “ECHO: European Cultural Heritage Onstage”, “ECHO II: Traditions in Transition”, and “ECHO III: For Memory’s Sake”, the project tries to tackle the issues of visibility, networking, employability and opportunities to enter the art market for new European talents. When it comes to the use of heritage as an inspirational source, It builds on the values of the European (European Year of Cultural Heritage and its legacy, New European Bauhaus) and glocal (critical heritage discourse) perceptions of heritage.
ECHO Academies (ECHOAc) is a 24-month (1 January 2023 – 31 December 2024) artistic project that aims to foster young and emerging European talents in the fields of comics (in Greece-GR), fashion design (in Bulgaria-BU), music (in North Macedonia-MK), photography and architecture (in Hungary-HU) by using heritage:
- Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Theatre-GR,
- Traditional Folklore Costumes of Rhodope region-BU,
- Ritual Songs-MK, and
- Urban Industrial Heritage of Budapest 1860-1960-HU)
as a means and inspiration for their work.