Project: Cultural Heritage and Improvised music in European Festivals

Acronym CHIME
Duration 01/01/2014 - 01/01/2017
Project Topic CHIME is a ground-breaking transnational research project, led by an experienced cross-disciplinary team, which explores how changing relationships between music, festivals and cultural heritage sites renegotiate established understandings and uses of heritage. CHIME aims at: - Exploring the uses and re-uses of cultural heritage through jazz and improvised music festivals; - Interrogating the relationship between music and place, considering the impact of jazz as heritage and through heritage; - Developing a typology of festivals and heritage sites, drawing on case studies from different European contexts; - Using festivals to examine the boundaries between tangible, intangible and digital heritage; - Investigating interrelated research themes using cross-disciplinary methods, developing new tools and approaches to the sustainable use and management of cultural heritage; - promoting further international festivals and heritage studies research by establishing a high impact Knowledge Exchange and co-production activities, working in partnership with 10 Associated Partners. CHIME generates high impact outcomes for groups including policy makers, festival organizers, the broader heritage sector and the general public.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
A mapping study and typology of jazz festivals and heritage sites in Europe, drawing on case studies from different European contexts, and exploring the history and development of festivals, from Southern Europe in the 1940s to their pan- European form today. • A toolkit addressed to heritage and festival managers, accessible to a large audience: The Grow Your Own Festival initiative (GYOF). This toolkit was also developed into a CHIME App in 2016, revealing a lot of data about the mediation of festivals in digital space. This App is currently at the final stage of development for commercialisation. • The GYOF initiative led to the development of an annual one day festival event in Birmingham, delivered in partnership with MAC Birmingham and the Surge Orchestra. This event will have a significant impact on the multi-cultural arts scene of Birmingham. • A Travelling Exhibition entitled A History of Dutch Jazz Festivals in 30-some Objects produced in partnership with the Dutch Jazz Archive, disseminated at a range of national and international events, and available via a published booklet, downloadable from the project website.
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Call JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 University of Salford Coordinator United Kingdom
2 University of Gothenburg Partner Sweden
3 University of Amsterdam Partner Netherlands