AESOP is an Erasmus+ capacity building for youth project which aims to develop the capacities of youth workers to utilize story-telling techniques and local community assets related with oral tradition in order to promote local development. The project recognises intangible cultural heritage (and especially oral tradition) as a very significant potential source of development. Therefore, it focuses on issues as storytelling, entrepreneurship, theatre techniques, social entrepreneurship, community based tourism, cultural management, marketing of cultural heritage related projects etc.

The project has organised two capacity building seminars, addressed to youth workers, a guide for youth workers, research for the identification of the relevant cultural heritage assets and an e-learning course in order to inform youth workers on the possibilities to use oral traditions as a source for local development.

The project has also organized a local event, based on story-telling in each country and has developed a number of open educational resources for the youth workers.

As a result of the project, the youth workers and young people involved have developed significantly their skills in relation with the use of intangible cultural heritage as a source of local development and social inclusion for marginalized people.

The project is included in the framework of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and is implemented by 5 partner organisations from 4 countries and 3 continents (Greece, Spain, Brazil, Vietnam) which represent theatre and cultural organisations and organisations active in the field of youth bringing in this way together the two groups. It is coordinated by Aeroploio – Topos Allou theatre from Greece. Besides Action Synergy, the partnership involves also Uxio Novoneyra Foundation from Spain, Cooperbom Turismo from Brazil and CSDS from Vietnam.

More information related with the project, can be found at the project’s website and facebook page

You can follow the progress of the project through the following posts:

Five days full of culture and tradition in Athens for AESOP

AESOP Training Seminar in Vietnam