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Start Date: 2015-09-01
End Date: 2019-02-28
Contract No: N/A
Role for TUC/MUSIC: Contractor
Funding for TUC/MUSIC: 150000.0 Euros
Principal Investigator for TUC/MUSIC: Stavros Christodoulakis

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Caravan NEXT comes from the CARAVAN. Artists on the road experience, the results achieved and the needs emerged. In particular, in these years, when the doors to the Social and Community Theatre (SCT) at a European level and a logic network have been wide opened, has arisen the need and the desire to organize the work done and consolidate it into a long-lasting reality with a strong European identity, to think of a new future for the theater, to think over the event and the cultural product starting from seeking a new relationship with the audience ("everywhere theater with everyone"). In addition, many communities of citizens across Europe, aware of the work done with CARAVAN. Artist on the road, have asked to be involved in the new cultural and theatrical activities. Caravan NEXT is the answer to these needs, the need to consolidate the methodology of the SCT (enhancing and innovating what has been created earlier, in the design process), the need and desire to really fit together the work done, not to make of it "just "an experience, but to turn it into a reality


Caravan NEXT is focused on bringing SCT events to cities and town in a way to rethink them as broad open air venues, local art squares connected at European level (GLOCAL level) where citizens, professionals and artists can give life to their own community theatrical events.

Strategic objectives
  1. INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM: developing an Integrated European SCT System for the international exchange of cultural products and professionals, in a durable and sustainable way, promoting collaboration among artists and professionals of SCT in the international arena, with a particular attention to all European areas
  2. AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: consolidate the methodology of the European SCT in order to achieve innovative and transferable format of audience development, with a particular attention to the involvement of new audiences in the cultural field
  3. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: developing the integration between Digital Technologies and SCT methodology to facilitate an audience development process, innovate the artistic events and enhance the interaction between local and international levels
  4. CREATE EUROPE: to promote a participatory and proactive cultural reflection on the theme of "being a European citizen
Specific Objectives
  1. Promotion of community cultural empowerment with a particular attention to the involvement of new groups of the population
  2. To implement and consolidate, through dedicated paths, the skills of professionals on topics of the audience development and use of digital technologies in the cultural field
  3. To implement and consolidate through dedicated paths, the skills of audience on topics of the languages of the performing arts and use of digital technologies in the cultural field
  4. Development of tools in the field of new technologies relevant to the work of audience development, cultural planning, construction and consolidation of networks and international exchange
  5. Creation of a European "Business" model of SCT, by "business model" meaning a system of equitable opportunities to help the SCT grow in Europe and give equal opportunities to exchange to all partners of each country

Both strategic and specific objectives appera to be consistent with the objectives and priorities of the Culture Sub-programme.


The underlying theme of the project, other than the SCT methodology, will be "Feed the Future: European challenges in the second millennium." Caravan NEXT aims to stimulate every individual and every community to reflect on the active role of the European citizen with regards to the social challenges that await us, among these, such as, gender equality, acceptance of other cultures, environmental protection, the role of young people in contemporary society. Through a process of audience development, the professionals and the citizens will decide together the topics around which the cultural actions of the project will revolve, through participated decision-making processes and votes on social networks.
See the project's Press Conference during the Kick-Off Meeting (Idom,Denmark, - 7th October 2015):

Project Publications

(2) Using new media arts to enable project-based learning in technological education

Publication Authors: Moumoutzis N., Christoulakis M., Pitsiladis A., Maragoudakis I., Christodoulakis S., Menioudakis M., Koutsabesi J., Tzoganidis M.
Publication Info: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Athens, Greece, 25-28 April 2017
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(1) Playful creation of digital stories with eShadow

Publication Authors: Moraiti A., Moumoutzis N., Christoulakis M., Pitsiladis A., Stylianakis G., Sifakis G., Maragoudakis I., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: 11th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization (SMAP), Thessaloniki, Greece, 20-21 Oct. 2016
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings


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