Young artists revive heritage and legends at Refresh + Production Week

Published: 10.12.2021

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Young artists revive heritage and legends at Refresh + Production Week

The Refresh+ Production Week, as part of the Refresh + 2021 project, is funded by Creative Europe and coordinated by the Association of Historic Towns of Slovenia with the support of partners from Romania, Spain, Finland and Croatia. The goal is to encourage young people to learn about cultural heritage, which brings new ideas for artistic creations.

Young artists revive heritage and legends at Refresh + Production Week

In November, the Refresh+ Production week took place in Koper, as part of the Refresh + 2021 project. The project is funded by Creative Europe and coordinated by the Association of Historic Towns of Slovenia with the support of partners from Romania, Spain, Finland and Croatia. The goal is to encourage young people to learn about cultural heritage, which brings new ideas and creative potential for artistic creation and new works of art. Multicultural and interdisciplinary cooperation within the project draws inspiration from the cultural heritage of the environment.

The main goal of the Refresh + 2021 is to build the capacity of the cultural and creative sector and contribute to guiding new generations of European artists in strengthening their capacity to promote independent artistic careers and positioning themselves in the international market. 

In the artistic-creative week in Koper, young artists under the guidance of a mentor, art director Dr. Mateja Palčič Puzzer, learned about the rich history of Koper, which was their inspiration, encouragement and guide in the preparation of a new work of art, interdisciplinary performance of the legend of jellyfish, the legend according to which the city of Koper was created.

The Legend about the Creation of Koper

According to tradition, the goddess Athena wore Medusa's head on her shield. Poseidon, the god of the sea, is said to have indignantly pursued Pallado-Athena because she overtook him and gave the city its name and carried the head of his beloved Medusa on his shield. During the escape, Athena wanted to rest on the banks of Rižana, where she was overtaken by Poseidon. Athena fled, but the waves of the sea took away her shield, which was supposed to turn into a rocky cliff in the shape of a shield, on which the city later grew. Because the shield was covered with goat skin, after the Greek Egis, the city was named Aegida and then Capraria.

The premiere performance of Meduza is a new interdisciplinary work by top young artists, Adriana Damian – Cezara (Romania), Urška Medved and Uršula Vratuša Globočnik (Slovenia), Cristina Pellicer Gomez (Spain), Marika Schulte (Finland) and Mia Štark (Croatia), which gave visitors an exceptional artistic experience of exploring their youthful artistic expression in the field of eternal cultural heritage of Koper.

As part of the creative week, also a round table discussion entitled "Should an artist also be a manager" took place. The participants discussed the thin line between artist and manager, who must be able to present their work and creation in an increasingly competitive art market.

The implementation of the Refresh + creative week took place in cooperation with the Municipality of Koper and the Public Institute for Youth, Culture and Tourism Koper and the regional branch of the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities Koper.

Information, photos and text provided by the Association of Historic Towns of Slovenia

 

 

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