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ECHO II – Traditions in Transition

ECHO II is a European cultural project that aims to invite artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, graphic design, fashion, and craftwork to create original artworks inspired by the following selected local traditions:

  • The sea in Spetses (Greece),

  • The mountain and religions of Smolyan Town (Bulgaria) ,

  • The lake in the Prespa region (Northern Macedonia), and

  • The life of the factory workers of Győr (Torula-Győr, Hungary).

In the context of ECHO II, local traditions are perceived as dynamic and evolving processes that shape and are shaped by the lives of local communities. This means that traditions are recognized as constitutive elements of cultural identities but are not considered "objects" that need to be retained unaltered and protected via musealisation. In this light, ECHO II takes a critical stance towards established but unfruitful perspectives that restrict innovation and creativity and consists of an opportunity (a) for artists to highlight and renew local traditions through contemporary artistic creation and (b) for the local communities to self-reflect and, hence, reconceptualize and revitalize their own traditions within the framework of European cultural heritage.

Main activities

Inter Alia, in close cooperation with the not-for-profit organizations Sfera International, Open Space Foundation, and Pro Progressione, will organize:

  • four (4) art residencies in Spetses (Greece), Smolyan (Bulgaria), Prespa (North Macedonia), and Torula-Győr (Hungary), in the context of which the participant artists will get in touch with experts and representatives from the local communities, explore the selected local traditions, and create their own original artworks; and

  • four (4) local art exhibitions in the above-mentioned locations, in the context of which the artworks created during the art residences will be exhibited and presented to local audiences.

With the guidance of PostScriptum, Inter Alia will digitize and record the artistic creations to offer an open-access digital collection and repository on "Traditions in Transition". PostScriptum will also be responsible for the digital strategy of ECHO II, to maximize the digital footprint of the project, to bring wider audiences in contact with contemporary European artistic creations, and to empower the participant artists and other professionals from the cultural and creative sectors through webinars, allowing them to face the challenges of the digital shift and thrive in their sectors.

Balkans Beyond Borders will organize the final event of the project, the Gala of Curiosities, which will take place in the context of the BBB Short Film Festival 2021 and will bring together professionals from the cultural and creative sectors from around Europe to discuss the issue of "Traditions in Transition." In addition, GLAM Hack will design and offer two custom workshops for professionals and amateurs to learn and experiment with how to reuse and remix the open content of the ECHO II digital collection and repository for their own research, educational, and creative purposes.


ECHO II is inspired by the pilot project ECHO: European Cultural Heritage Onstage (2018-19), which was implemented in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

ECHO focused on the Dark Cultural Heritage of the Balkans and invited artists to create original artworks after exploring the events of World War I (Macedonian Front) and World War II (Novi Sad Raid) and their impact on the local communities of Bitola (North Macedonia) and Novi Sad (Serbia).

More Info

The project started on September 1, 2020, and will end on June 20, 2022.

If you want to learn more about ECHO II, you can:

  • Contact Nikos Pasamitros by emailing and/or Revekka Kefalea by emailing

PostScriptum, in the context of the digital strategy and outreach of ECHO II, announces a series of three (3) webinars providing insights and tools to empower artists, heritage professionals, cultural managers, and civil society organizations in the digital era.