News & Events


CoHERE was showcased as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) events  at Newcastle University on 3rd and 4th July. The event brochure is available here:

Heritage Encounters Booklet    


Conference 1 - Critical Heritages and Reflexive Europeanisation

Our first conference  was held on 28th and 29th September 2017, at the Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin. The conference was a joint event with our 'sister' Horizon 2020 project, TRACES. If you would like to learn more about TRACES, their website is: . ‌ 



Conference 2 - Who is Europe?


Our final conference was held at POLIN, Warsaw on  22th  and  23rd November 2018.  

The video recordings of the keynote lectures are available on-line at:

The audio recordings of the whole conference can be found here.


Kick Off Meeting

The CoHERE project Kick Off meeting was held at Newcastle University on April 7th and 8th 2016, attended by the project partners.

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Workshops, Seminars, Living Labs, Exhibitions

WP6 workshop on food as heritage, 2 - 3 February 2017 at Piazza San Giovanni in Monte in  Bologna.

WP1 workshop on theoretical and political problematics of valorising European heritage, 9 March 2017 at Newcastle University London campus.

WP3 workshop on tourist potential of heritage festivals, 20 March 2017 at Dynamic Eart in  Edinburgh.

WP5 workshop on 'Geography Matters', 23 - 24 March 2017 at Institute for Primary Educa1on Teachers in Athens.

WP2 workshop on history and heritage in European responses to crises, 2 May 2017 at European University Institute in Florence. 

WP1 living lab , 15 October 2018 in Brussels. 

WP3 Seminar on impact of heritage festivals, 17 August 2017 at Cēsis New Castle, Latvia.

WP4 Living Lab & Exhibition of reflective outputs, 21-22 September 2017, Copenhagen.

WP2 workshop on curating and representing colonialism,  30 November - 1 December 2017 at Museum Volkenkunde, Netherlands.

WP4 workshop on new futures for interactions with European heritage , 30 January 2018 in Leiden, Netherlands. 

WP5 workshop on Education and heritage in multicultural Europe, 9 March 2018 at Moesgaard Museum, Denmark.

WP6 workshop 'The Taste of Diversity', 2-3 march 2018 at UNIBO Department of History and Cultures, Bologna.

WP6 Public Event 'The Taste of Europe' , 26 June 2018 , Casa Artusi

WP2 exhibition on European identities and multi-culture ,  14 February – 3 March 2019, Amsterdam

WP1 Living Lab public event at POLIN

WP4 training workshop on research methods for envisioning the future, 25 January 2019, Newcastle University, UK.



A preview performance of  the Folk Oratorio Rivers of our being is available here.  

As part of the activities carried out within the Work package 3 “Cultural forms and expressions of identity in Europe” Valdis Muktupāvels (Latvian Academy of Culture) wrote the score for an oratorio engaging critically with European heritage and identity through  multi-medial performances using traditional and contemporary forms. The performances took place on 30th November 2018  in Newcastle and 1st Decemeber 2018 in Edinburgh. 

Below we offer information about composer Valdis Muktupāvels and musical samples of Valdis Muktupāvels’s previous compositions.

Valdis Muktupāvels (1958) is a scholar, composer and musician. He has received his Doctor of Arts (PhD) degree in 1999 with the dissertation "Systematics of Latvian musical instruments". He is Professor of ethnomusicology and Director of the Baltic Sea Region studies MA programme at the University of Latvia, corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences. He is researcher at the Research Centre of Latvian Academy of Culture. He has been guest professor in many European and North American universities.

Valdis Muktupāvels' fields of expertise – Latvian and Baltic traditional and modern music culture: historical and social aspects, traditions and change, musical instruments, culture and identity issues. He has authored and coauthored five books and more than 50 articles, published among others in such editions as The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Journal of Baltic Studies, The World of Music, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion and others.

He is one of key figures of folklore revival movement in Latvia, he has contributed to the revival of traditional musical instruments, and has promoted preservation and dissemination of the heritage at home and abroad.

Valdis Muktupāvels is composer of choral, instrumental and film music, and he is renowned for his mysteries Viena pati Jāņu zāle (2010) and Nemus sonorum. Skaņumeža mistērija (2008), oratorio Pontifex. Pārcēlājs (2004), albums of traditional and modern psaltery kokles (2002) and bagpipe (2000 in Latvia, 2002 in U.K.) music. Among the films with his music are Litauen – grünes Herz Europas (NDR, 2008), Dina (J. Podnieka studija, 2005), Lettland: Wildnis zwischen Russland und Riga (NDR, 2003).

Valdis Muktupāvels is awarded the fifth class Order of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (2001) and twice the annual National Grand Prize in folklore (2003, 2005).


Selected recordings by Valdis Muktupāvels:

  • Trejdeviņi koklētāji (2016). Lauska CD 063
  • Ozols. Oak (2015). RSQ 4
  • Valdis Muktupāvels un draugi. Karsta bija Jāņu nakte. Saulgriežu maģiskā saspēle (2012). Micrec MRCD 490
  • Skaņumeža mistērija. Mystery nemus sonorum (live recording, 2008)
  • Vairas dziesmas (2008). Lauska CD 21
  • Valdis Muktupāvels. Pārcēlājs. Pontifex (2005). Latvijas Radio LRCD 047
  • Valdis Muktupāvels. Kokles (2002, 2nd ed. in 2016). UPE CD 043
  • The bagpipes of Latvia (2002). ARC Music Productions EUCD 1692
  • Ensemble Rasa. Lettonie: musiques des rites solaires. Latvia: music of solar rites (1995). INEDIT W 260062


Musical samples:

1. Meditācija dzīrēs mēra laikā (Meditation in banquet during the plague epidemic), choir Sōla, conductor Kaspars Ādamsons

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‌2. Irklis I (Scull I) from the oratorio “Pontifex. Pārcēlājs", Latvian Radio choir, string group, conductor Sigvards Kļava
3. Pontifex Maximus, from the oratorio “Pontifex. Pārcēlājs", Latvian Radio choir, brass group and tympani, conductor Sigvards Kļava