Empowering European youth: EPIC-WE Coordinator Rikke Toft Nørgård shares insights

In a groundbreaking initiative funded by the Horizon Europe Research & Innovation grant from the EU Commission, ‘EPIC-WE: Empowered Participation through Ideating Cultural Worlds and Environments: youth imagining, creating and exchanging cultural values and heritage through game-making,’ aims to revolutionize the way Cultural Heritage Institutions, Creatives Industries and High Education Institutions collaborate with young citizens to create games that reflect and celebrate European culture. The project involves a cross-European consortium consisting of 12 partners from Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, and Belgium led by Dr. Rikke Toft Nørgård from the Danish School of Education at Aarhus University acting as project coordinator.

She states “Games can be used by young people to express themselves culturally, artistically and aesthetically. And cultural institutions can use games to empower young people’s participation in and relationship to culture – including young people who don’t necessarily see themselves as being part of European culture or cultural organizations.”

With a background in digital games and a decade of experience in researching and developing formats for empowered participation within the arts and humanities, Nørgård is well-equipped to lead the EPIC-WE project. She envisions the project as a catalyst for fostering empowered participation among young people as co-creators of European culture.

For a deeper insight, read the full interview with Associate Professor Rikke Toft Nørgård here.

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