The legend of the Enchanted Moira, which is part of the Portuguese intangible cultural heritage, was revisited on the mixed media Digital Literature Installation “MOIRA” by wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 Collective, and was displayed between 23 July and 15 August 2022 at Saint Rocco’s Church, in Tavira (south Portugal).

Dr. Diogo Marques, researcher at partner NOVA University, was one of the artists and curators of the installation. The artwork’s textual component was based on the recorded re-telling of these folktales by female Portuguese embroiderers.

Presenting recent research resulting from the fieldwork recently carried out in the region of Tavira, the installation opens a dialogue with the emerging poetic work while, on the other hand, invites the audience to superimpose its own voice of the records’ (re)interpretation.  As such, this work is expected to have substantial implications for the development of future research at the intersection of folk tales, new media arts, and digital heritage.


A few words about the wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 collective:

In the wake of an experimentalist tradition, initiated with the Portuguese Experimental Poetry (PO-EX) movement at the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, wr3ad1ng d1g1t5 has been exploring the inherent dialectical tension between tradition and innovation, namely in the reinterpretation and recreation of artistic-literary heritage. It is in this context that the collective has sought to combine computational creativity and an approach that promotes the revitalization of intangible heritage, namely through the disruptive use of digital technologies as a means of literary creation and artistic production.

The artwork is available online at the link:

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Credits for photographs: Vito Ughetto and Museu Zer0.



The VΑST project has launched a new online survey, at European level, about user requirements from Theatre professionals, which is led by project coordinator NCSR Demokritos in Greece.

We welcome responses from all Theatre professionals (i.e.: theatre directors and actors, theatre educators, theatrical production companies, scholars, artists, theatrical teams, professionals and stakeholders) with the goal to understand their needs from digital tools that could help them in their work to analyse values, conduct research and communicate these values.

To access the survey (estimated time 10 minutes) visit this link and choose your preferred language at the footer of the page.



The VΑST project has rolled out a pan-European online survey about the role of Museums and Cultural Institutions in the diffusion of values which is led by partner Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienze (IMSS) in Italy.

We welcome responses from all professionals who work in (and with) Cultural Institutions (i.e.: museums, art galleries, cultural spaces) with the goal to understand how these actors (i.e.: museum curators, museum educators, scholars, directors, artists, creative teams and other stakeholders) are involved in the communication of values and their role.

To access the survey (estimated time 10 minutes) visit this link and choose your preferred language at the footer of the page.




Our project will participate in the Fairytales Festival on Kea island in Greece taking place from 22 to 31 July 2022.

The Fairytales Festival of Kea is a well known event that attracts approximately 4.000 visitors each year and celebrates its 20th anniversary. The event is held in the Greek language, it is addressed at families with children as well as adults and hosts professional storytellers, artistic installations, workshops and other activities.

During the festival, and in the context of the project’s research VAST coordinator NCSR Demokritos will hold focus groups with the professional storytellers onsite so as to gather data and extract meaningful insights for the needs of the project.
Additionally, dedicated questionnaires will be distributed to the public from the same VAST task force on the spot to further investigate the public’s perception regarding values through space and time.

VAST project is proud to present the commissioning of a performance in the frame of the world-renowned Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

The theatrical play named Antigone” by Sophocles, the ancient Greek author, was commissioned by partner FESTIVAL for the VAST project needs and was part of its Summer 2022 programme of events. The play was a modern version of the Ancient Greek Drama, adapted to an era in which Media play a decisive role in shaping public opinion.

The performance advocates the relationship between the polis (city) (and its citizens) and power, a timeless question posed by this tragedy. Focusing on the pivotal role of the media in shaping public opinion, the play is set inside a government-sponsored television studio, where all political debates and decisions take place in real time. The Chorus of Elders is re-imagined as a council of politicians representing various aspects of hegemonic discourse, watching, always live, the brutal conflict between secular and moral law.

The play was held in Greek with subtitles in both With English and Greek on the opening night for persons with hearing impairment.

After the performance, two more activities were realised:

After the premiere of the play, on July 5th, a discussion between the audience and the director  of the play, Alexander Raptotasios, and the actors took place on the set with Dionysis Kapsalis as the moderator discussion with the director of the play took place emphasizing on values and their transmission through time.


Additionally, VAST ran a survey, in Greek after the play for three days, in two formats (physically onsite with printed questionnaires and online) to gather data on the public’s opinions on values after they had seen the theatrical play. The questionnaire is available here in Greek:


 VAST project coordinator NCSR Demokritos presented a paper at the International Annual Conference 2022 “Citizenship Education in Divided Times: Building Connections Through Values”, which took place between 26-28 May 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), Dora Katsamori, of VAST partner NCSR Demokritos, presented a paper with the title: “Citizenship Education and Hard To Reach Learners: How to promote values through education” on Friday 27 May. The paper aims to provide a theoretical contribution in the field of citizenship education and the role of education in the fight against social exclusion, using a case study of a Second-chance School. Second-chance Schools in Greece have been established as a tool for dealing with social exclusion, which is attributed to various reasons, however it is often a decision that people make on their own. These schools are addressed to adults who have not completed compulsory secondary education, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary for their social integration. They also strengthen their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Furthermore, the paper presents the students’ approach and perception regarding core European values ​​such as Freedom, Participation, and Democracy addressing the question: “How do students perceive values and what should be the role of education in terms of values communication, taking into consideration the feelings of inclusion and active participation that education should promote?” The research focuses on the field of citizenship education, given that schools are the first small society someone joins. In this small society, young people learn to interact as active members and exercise their rights. However, some students who are characterised as “hard to learn” leave earlier the society of school, a fact that leads them to social exclusion.

A few words about the conference

The conference is jointly organised by the Jean Monnet Network which consists of the Citizenship Education in the Context Of European Values (CitEdEV) and the Children’s Identity & Citizenship European Association (CiCea). This year the Conference focuses on European values and how they are communicated through Education.

The VAST project has produced its first brochure, introducing the project to external audiences with a quick read.

VAST Project, in the context of the Pilot focusing on the Ancient Greek Drama literature, organized an educational activity in the Art School of the Municipality of Peristeri in Athens, on 12 & 15 April 2022.

During the activity, VAST project coordinator G.Petasis and collaborating researcher D.Katsamori of NCSR Demokritos, projected audiovisual material from the Ancient Greek Tragedy “Antigone” by Sophocles to 60 high school students. Then, the students engaged in interactive activities and brainstorming, which resulted in the creation of mind maps interlinking moral values between the past and the present.

With the creative collaboration of the school’s philologists and the students, the activity provided a fresh view of how ancient values emerging from this Greek Tragedy are perceived in modern society today.

Partner Festival presents Alexander Raptotasios’ Antigone by Sophocles, a theatre performance specially commissioned as part of the VAST project. The performance belongs to the series of discussions Antigonisms – THE ANTIGONE CYCLE: Gender, Law, Theatre, curated by Dionysis Kapsalis. Antigone investigates the relationship between the polis and power, a timeless question posed by this tragedy.

Focusing on the pivotal role of the media in shaping public opinion, the play is now set inside a television studio, in an unspecified future, where all political debates and decisions take place in real time. The Chorus of Elders is re-imagined as a Chorus of Citizens representing various aspects of public discourse, watching, always live, the brutal conflict between secular and moral law, with audiences actively participating.