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The 4D Culture team has released the 5th newsletter

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Read about the 4DCulture project’s developments in our 3rd newsletter

The 4D Culture team has released the newsletter for February 2024

Read our first newsletter and discover exciting project developments

Final

The final meeting of the project took place on March 14th in Yambol, Bulgaria, whre all partners had the chance to delve deeper into the technical, social and educational aspects of the 4DCulture project. Discussion was mostly directed towards issues concerning the project’s further development and certain steps were mapped in order to ensure its sustainability.

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On January 29, 2024, a highly productive online meeting was held, attended by all partners. Discussions covered various aspects of our project, including updates on the development of the VR applications. In-depth conversations were devoted to further promoting the 4D Culture open online courses (MOOCs) to a broader audience. A comprehensive overview of the current project status led to the formulation of a strategic plan for the next steps. Additionally, meticulous attention was given to finalizing the details of the upcoming series of events, the announcement of which we eagerly await.

Stay tuned for upcoming updates on our ongoing journey.

In Athens, Greece, the Hellenic Dance Academy Lygkistes on December 21, 2023, hosted the Multiplier Event—a blend of culture, education, and global connection. 

We focused on two things: showcasing the progress of our project, especially the MOOCs on our website and the 4D culture platform, and exploring traditional costumes and dances from Greece and Bulgaria. Attendees actively participated in discussions and a hands-on dance workshop. What made this event special was its hybrid format, allowing people worldwide to join online. We also broadcasted it live on Facebook for a wider audience.

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Significant Updates from Our 8th Partnership Online Meeting!

We had productive discussions about our project and even learned about the progress of our VR application. We discussed the promotion of MOOCs, the 4D Culture Network, and the development of content on our platform. We made important decisions about project development. We also discussed the final details of our series of events that we are very excited to announce to you.

Stay tuned for updates on our journey!

On December 1, 2023, an Info Day was held on the campus of the University of West Attica, where the results of 4DCulture were presented. It was a unique opportunity to share the successes and innovations achieved so far and to further disseminate the project.

During the event, two key pillars of the project were discussed, providing information about the “4DCulture Virtual Platform” and the MOOCs available online through the platform. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to unveil and test the VR application.

The “4DCulture Virtual Platform” is the epitome of innovation and technological progress, offering a multi-dimensional educational tool. Through this platform, knowledge and practices from different fields are integrated, creating a rich learning environment.

The online MOOCs offered serve as another means of disseminating the project’s knowledge and expertise to hundreds of students and professionals around the world.

The VR project application reflects the team’s commitment to elevate education to new levels, inspired by the principles of cultural geography and the possibilities offered by VR technology.

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Significant Updates from Our 7th Partnership Meeting in Greece!

We are pleased to present key highlights from our recent meeting, marked by highly productive discussions and invaluable exchanges.

Our agenda featured in-depth deliberations on the development of our project’s deliverables. Moreover, an insightful presentation showcased the noteworthy progress of our VR application, the Virtual Online Platform, and its content. Additionally, we received crucial guidance on promoting MOOCs for our project and enhancing our outreach to the wider public.

Throughout the meeting, we arrived at pivotal decisions regarding the forthcoming steps for our Multi-Actor Network.

While we have achieved noteworthy milestones, a significant workload lies ahead. Stay tuned for ongoing updates on our journey.

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The second summer school of the 4DCulture project took place on the picturesque island of Andros in Greece. The event brought together more than forty participants from different European countries. The University of West Attica (UNIWA), with the contribution of the Hellenic Dance Academy Lygkistes from Athens, organized the workshops. The primary focus was on analyzing the project’s main objectives, tasks, and results.

During the summer school, a vibrant cultural exchange unfolded among groups from diverse backgrounds. Participants from Portugal, Lithuania, Germany, Bulgaria and Greece immersed themselves in traditional dance classes, sharing their unique dance styles and techniques. The event also provided a platform to showcase traditional costumes from Germany, Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria and Lithuania, with informative explanations about their regional significance and distinct features.

An exciting highlight of the summer school was the presentation of the 4DCulture virtual online platform. Participants had the opportunity to delve into a virtual reality environment, equipped with special glasses, to learn and experience traditional dances. They also accessed detailed information about different traditional costumes through the platform.

Also, a very constructive meeting was held with the Mayor of the island, where the developments of the project and the workshops of the summer school were discussed. Throughout the event, valuable data was collected to guide future steps and facilitate the completion of various project tasks by the collaborating partners. The summer school proved to be a fruitful endeavor, fostering cultural appreciation, academic growth, and unforgettable memories for all involved.

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We are excited to announce our upcoming summer school in Greece that will take place from June 22–26, 2023, on the beautiful island of Andros!
We are searching for 25 motivated individuals who are excited to participate in this transnational training activity and take advantage of the invaluable educational opportunities available.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:
    •    Be over 18 years old.
    •    Be covered by EU health insurance.
    •    Belong to the 4DCulture multi-actors network and its target groups.
    •    Have successfully completed one of the project’s MOOCs.
    •    Possess advanced knowledge of English (C1).
    •    Effectively demonstrate their interest and motivation to participate in such a transnational training activity.
    •    Be open to learning and interacting within a multicultural and collaborative context.

Among successful applicants, priority will be given:
    •    to people that fall within the fewer opportunities categories,
    •    to those who have never enjoyed an Erasmus experience before (first-time participants).

The workshops will take place at the Primary School of Gavrio, Andros, 84501, while travel, accommodation and food expenses are not covered by the programme but are the responsibility of the participants.

Please read the full invitation bellow

In order to participate, please fill this form.

The 2nd Multiplier Event: the 2nd Info Day on the European project 4DCulture was held on March 9, 2023 at the Faculty of Technics and Technologies of Yambol, Trakia University, Bulgaria. Over 30 face-to-face and over 30 online participants attended the event. The participants have been from historical and art museums, folklore dance groups, universities, high schools, freelance designers and artists, computer engineers, etc. Prof. Zlatina Kazlacheva, the leader of Trakia University team, introduced the main goal, activities and intellectual results. She accented on results of the activities of Trakia University team. The ethnographer Dinka Angelova gives a lecture on the traditional costumes from Yambol region. Prof. Kazlacheva presented the MOOC “Traditional costumes as a part of the cultural heritage”. Accos. Prof. Zlatin Zlatev and Assoc. Prof. Stanka Baicheva presented the folk dances from Trakia ethnographic area and the possibilities for their digitization. Dr. Julieta Ilieva, Dr. Petya Dineva, Prof. Kazlacheva, and the scenographer Petko Naydenov showed textile and fashion designs, and applied art works based on the application of elements, shapes and ornaments of the folk costumes in with authors. The Info Day ended with discussion on the presentations, exchange of information and demonstration of traditional costumes, folk dances, and contemporary designs and arts based on the folklore.

Video record of the 2nd 4DCulture Multiplier Event is available at: https://youtu.be/JuzsZgSq_Ts

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Prof Yordan Kyosev from Technische Universität Dresden presented on November the 2nd, our research project “Dress up, Dance and Digitally Dive into Culture” the International Conference on Technics, Technologies and Education (ICTTE) 2022.  Prof. Kyosev discussed long dancing sequences scanning with Rokoko Suite as motion capturing. He also reflected on the challenges emerging from scanning folklore costumes due to the elaborative ornaments that the folklore costumes bare.

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The 4DCulture team met for the second transnational meeting, this time in Porto (Portugal) on 17th of October. In the meeting, the Consortium reviewed and discussed some improvements of the Output 1 (O1): State-of-the-art review of traditional costumes linked to folklore dancing. The 4DCulture Virtual Online Platform was presented to the team. The team have defined the macrostructure of the MOOCs as well as the next steps for the VR Application via motion capturing.

Great and fresh news are coming!

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The 1st Summerschool of the project 4DCULTURE took place in Dresden, Germany. The event was attended by more than thirty participants from Greece, Bulgaria and Germany, including the folklore dance school Thea Mass from Germany and the folklore dance group Lygkistes from Athens, the high education institution of TUD (Technical University of Dresden) and ITM (Institute of Textile Machinery). The main goals, tasks and results of the project were analyzed. Also, participants were guided through the workshops of ITM (Institute of Textile Machinery). During the next days, a cultural exchange between groups of different origins took place, as dancers from Germany, Greece, and Bulgaria, along with students from TUD, participated in dance lessons. Apart form that, traditional costumes from different regions of Germany, Greece and Bulgaria were presented and regional particularities were explained. Finally, a digital acquisition of the traditional costumes data, and the movement of traditional folklore dances (in digital skeletons) took place in the ITM facilities. During these days, data was captured in order to feed next steps, regarding the creation of the platform and the VR experience.

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The 1st Multiplier Event: 1st Info Day of the project 4DCULTURE took place in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 29th of September 2022. The event was attended by 30 participants from various museums, folklore dance schools and groups, high education institutions, etc., and took more than 5 hours. Daiva Mikucioniene, the leader of Kaunas University of Technology team, opened the event and presented the main information about the project’ mission, aims and tasks, results which will be developed in the frame of the project. After the opening, there was given extended lecture about daily and festive Lithuanian traditional costumes in the 19th century and the 1st part of 20th century. Also, demonstration of such costumes from different Lithuanian regions was presented and regional differences were explained. In the last session of the event, historical evaluation of traditional dances in Lithuania was presented and illustrated by video records of the most famous folklore dances. The participants had opportunity to learn main steps of traditional dances. After all presentations, extended discussion of participants, presenters and project team members was organized.

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