UNEARTHING THE MUSIC is a collaborative project that unites five organizations from five different European countries, all actively interested in the history and in the stories surrounding experimental music in Europe, particularly in countries and regimes where the conditions for creative freedom were hardly met throughout the second part of the 20th century.
We aim to shed a new light on creative and forward-thinking music made under non-democratic regimes in the later half of the 20th century in Europe (building upon a previous version of the project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme), tackling fundamental European values such as freedom of expression and of movement (both of people and ideas / artistic works), in a time when roughly half of what is now the EU and the whole European continent was bereft of such basic rights, putting in the spotlight shared historical experiences through the re-visitation of important artistic and cultural legacies.
The project focuses on cooperation between different types of cultural organizations and individuals throughout Europe, with the aim of exploring, documenting, disseminating, interpreting and highlighting the significance and importance of a yet under-appreciated aspect of European cultural heritage, while at the same time establishing a dialogue between that legacy and contemporary artistic and social aspects that will foster new creations and new reflections.
By gathering music, videos, articles, testimonies, opinions and investigative studies on an online resource center, as well as promoting awareness and discussion over this issue, we aim to contribute to understanding to what extent and how it was possible, over the diverse regime grips on the arts in the different countries covered, to live in a creative mindset, to develop self expression through innovative music-making, and to contribute to such an European Identity staple as is its creative, adventurous and genre-bending music happening right now.
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