Playing Identities, Performing Heritage is an EU-funded project that seeks to investigate the relationship between cultural heritage and new European identities through the medium of performance.

Across 2015/2016, four groups of drama students from the UK (University of Kent, Canterbury), Romania (University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca), Lithuania (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius), and Spain (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona) worked in partnership with young directors from a country other than their own to make a set of collaborative performances on national social, political and cultural issues, through various processes of fieldwork and experimentation across the four countries and in Italy (University of Siena). In July 2016, the performances were shown as part of Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro, Tuscany.

The final phase of the project invites documentary makers, students of film, theatre lovers, audience members and whoever wishes to take part, amateur or professional, to submit films to take part in the Playing Identities mash-up competition. The mash-up competition is a chance for the project’s archive to find a new life, new people and new visions through documentation: instead of montaging our material from inside the project, this is an open call to people from outside to re-imagine and rework our video and audio material into new works that document the project while also leading it into new directions.

The films will serve both as documentary materials chronicling the Playing Identities, Performing Heritage project and as documentary/art films in their own right. No previous knowledge of the project is required, and authors are encouraged to approach the task in the key of a creative response: while using the original themes and documentation from the project, participants are also free to incorporate other video material and other ideas. Authors can submit films of up to 30 minutes in three categories, for prizes up to 1.500 Euros. Films will be judged by an international jury composed of scholars and professionals in theatre/performance and film.

The competition deadline for submissions is December 20th 2016. Further information, rules and regulations, registration and access to archives here:

For questions, please contact Dr Flora Pitrolo from University of Kent (, Dr Stefano Jacoviello ( and Dr Massimiliano Coviello ( from University of Siena.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your films.