Summary by Interarts
BIRTH CULTURES is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe Culture Programme (2014-2020) that contributes to preserve and transmit, through arts and culture, birth and maternity traditional knowledge and practices as part of European intangible cultural heritage. The project is implemented by Interarts (coordinator, Spain) in cooperation with Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Austria), Frauenmuseum Merano (Italy), Gender Museum (Kharkiv) and in association with the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) (Italy), the European Centre for Cultural Organization and Managment (ECCOM) (Italy) and Birth Café Campaign (Germany), as associated partners.
The project will run from November 2019 to April 2022.
According to the German associations’ Birth Café Campaign and Hebammen für Deutschland (Midwives for Germany), when it comes to pregnancy and birth the existing lack of instruments, such as historical research and exhibitions, does not enable for these topics to become accessible to different publics and audiences.
Against this background, BIRTH CULTURES has the following specific objectives:
The project is based on the acknowledgment that socially engaged art represents an effective way of processing, explaining and promoting topics of particular social value but also of engaging audiences through a participative approach. By sharing and providing information or topics of discussion, it will foster a deeper understanding of the issues tackled and of the necessary emotional intelligence to process them. The project aims to achieve this by developing the following activities:
Duration of the project: 30 months.
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Here Stefania Pitscheider-Soraperra, director of the Women’s Museum Hittisau, explains the progress of the exhibition and what it is going to look like.