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The  Oralities Project is an initiative under the European Culture Programme 2007-2013 and involves an international partnership between the municipalities of Évora, Idanha-a-Nova and Mértola (Portugal) Ourense (Spain) Ravenna (Italy) Birgu (Malta ) and Sliven (Bulgaria), joined in a vast program of cooperation and cultural exchange based on common aspects of the European communities, highlighting particularly Southern European  musical tradition (both in its traditional as well as classical  side) and oral tradition (folktales, folksong-books, collection of romances and life stories). Between 2008 and 2012 a regular programme will be developed in all partnership cities (Music Festivals and Circuits, Oral Tradition Cities Network). The municipality of Évora, as leader of the project, will create a Resource Centre of Oral Tradition.


The Oralities Project seeks to establish a permanent and balanced relationship between tradition and modernity. This option consists in working the orality in its various forms of communication from verbal to musical soundscapes.


The oralities were and are amongst the most important components in the formation of human communities with regard to their essential structure as is the case of production/reproduction of language, culture, behaviour and attitudes.


Today orality, within a new framework of globalised cultural references and almost unlimited technological tools continue to be an essential factor for intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, to the global development and to create and strengthen the components of European citizenship.


This project aims to enhance the immaterial cultural common heritage of Southern European territory from its identity and memory components based on centuries of cultural matrices.


The two orality components designated subject of this project are: Southern European Music (traditional/ popular, early, renaissance and baroque) and the oral tradition (life stories, folktales, folksong-books and collections of romances).





• Circuits and Festivals of Traditional Music

• Circuits and Festivals of Early, Renaissance and Baroque Music

• Resource Centre of Oral tradition

• Oral Tradition Cities Network

• Conferences


The Circuits are music meetings in which the artistic and musical languages of the different partners are shared. To perspective and encourage the rising of new traditional sounds able to evoke other forms of creation, new groups and a vaster exchange in this area. Only four cities participate in each circuit, the city hosting the event and three more partner cities.


Besides the music circuits, the Oralities Project promote each year a Three Cultures Festival (Festival of Early Renaissance and Baroque Music) and a Festival Music of the South (festival of traditional music) seeking to be an impact initiative, of greater dimension and more diverse groups and participants. All partner cities participate in these Festivals.


With this project we intend to create a Resource Centre of Oral Tradition that applies the tools and technical and scientific supports needed to systematize, preserve and promote knowledge and traditional cultural practices. The Resource Centre is housed in Évora and has an online digital platform.


Annually, in one of the municipalities of the partnership Oral Tradition Cities Network happens during which a series of events take place: meeting of storytellers, seminars on the oral tradition; puppet performances; and so on.


 In the scope of this project two International Conferences of the Oral Tradition will take place. The first edition to be held from 11th to 13th November 2010 in Ourense and the second in 2012 in the city of Évora.






  • Circuits and transnational networks of cooperation and cultural exchange
  • Establishment of a Resource Centre of Oral Tradition and an online digital platform
  • Edition of music CD’s of the groups involved in the project
  • Edition of an Anthology of Folktales from the cities of the partnership
  • Creation of a Pedagogical bag of Oral Tradition
  • Card of Cultural Tourism for the Oralities Project