Within the framework of the Ancient Greek Drama pilot of the VAST Project, partner FESTIVAL staged a contemporary adaptation of the ancient Greek drama Antigone by Sophocles. Through this performance and case study, the Athens Epidaurus Festival investigated questions regarding the way core European values, such as freedom, democracy, equality, tolerance, dialogue, human dignity, and rule of law, are related to the present, the role of ancient drama in relation to the communication of values, and the way that values are perceived and interpreted by theatre artists and audiences in modern society.

The performance of “Antigone” by Sophocles

The research was based on a mixed methods approach, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methods and addressing the perception of values by theatre artists, as value communicators, as well as by audiences, as value recipients and final co-authors of meaning. In what concerns qualitative methods, eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with theatre artists (the director, the dramaturgist, the set and lighting designer, the costume designer, and four actors in key roles), and two focus groups were held with audience members. Concerning quantitative methods, an audience questionnaire based on 33 variables was prepared and circulated during all three performances, and it was answered by a random and representative sample (15,06%) of the audience.

Post-performance discussion between theatre artists and the audience

Research results demonstrated a strong engagement with values by both theatre artists and the audience. At the same time, both groups coincide in their positive assessment of contemporary ancient drama adaptations as a means of addressing values in the present. Antigone’s spectators, in particular, clearly display the features of the “knowing” audience, while a multivariate analysis demonstrates the significance of age and professional or educational involvement in theatre regarding the perception of values and ancient drama adaptations.

The Athens Epidaurus Festival presented its research results at the AIMS Conference in a paper titled “Televising Antigone? Understanding the political values of ancient Greek drama in a contemporary media environment”, at the Reconnecting & Recovering Conference, in a paper titled “The values of democracy and the politics of adaptation: Remaking Sophocles’ Antigone in a contemporary political and media landscape” and at The Off-Screen Conference  in a paper titled “Democracy on and off screen: Political values and discursive oppositions in a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone.”


VAST’s project partners Fairy Tale Museum of Cyprus and NOVA University of Lisbon launched a new online survey about the Experts’ Perceptions of Values in Fairy Tales.

The survey’s goal is to explore how values found in fairy tales are interpreted and communicated through various activities and exhibits. Moreover, the survey aims to understand experts’ and stakeholders’ needs regarding the digital tools that could help them in their work to analyse and communicate values.

To access the survey, visit this link https://platform.vast-project.eu/cultural-heritage-experts-experiences/ and choose your preferred language at the right of the page header.


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 https://platform.vast-project.eu/vast-platform-requirements-for-theatre-professionals/ 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 https://platform.vast-project.eu/research-cultural-institutions-role/ and choose your preferred language at the footer of the page.




Partner, NOVA University of Lisbon is rolling out an online survey of the way that values are communicated and received in Folktales, one of the VAST pilots. This survey is the second VAST research survey and currently the NOVA researchers have launched a pre-test survey that aims to assess perceived morality and emotionality on a set of fairy tale excerpts. The participants will be university students and general public in Portugal and the survey will be conducted only in portuguese.

The survey will be accompanied by posters that will be put up in the NOVA campus and a communication campaign in social media has also been created.