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Discover the World of people from the Third Age in Europe with DENTA

Thursday, 23 September 2021

The European project "Discovering European Neighbours in the Third Age" (DENTA) is implemented within two years time span by 8 organizations from 4 Danube countries (Germany, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria) and partner groups from France and Italy under the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, KA 2 "Strategic partnerships". The aim was to find out more about the daily lives of people over 60 from different European countries - project partners.

Coordinator of the project that started in the autumn of 2019 is ILEU e.V. from Ulm, Germany. The final transnational partner meeting was held on 6th and 7th September 2021 in Vannes, France were the results of the project work were presented by participants from Bulgaria - Sofia and Russe, Romania - Timisoara, Serbia - Belgrade, Germany - Ulm and Frankfurt, France - Vannes, and Italy - Carbonia, Sardinia.

"This project has been a significant opportunity to deepen our collaboration and mutual understanding between European neighbours. A bridge has been built between generations and between neighbours in other European countries, a bond of friendship was formed, so to speak, from the Black Sea across Europe and the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Encounter and cooperation contributed to reduce prejudices and strengthen the awareness of a common Europe", says DENTA Coordinator Carmen Stadelhofer.

"What has influenced seniors, what moves them, how do they shape their life today?" A comprehensive selection of interviews, pictures and brief video clips created portraits that show daily life, leisure activities, social engagements, but also challenges faced by the people of the third age across Europe. The development of timeline and context helped to understand the portraits in the context of the different social and socio-political conditions of people from various generations living in the different countries - project partners.

Each partner DENTA group conducted in the native language and translated in English at least 15 interviews as part of the project. The learners' groups discussed the selection of interviewees, approaches and methods for conducting the interviews, creative writing methods, etc. Furthermore, the groups discussed and revised the interviews with each other, got to know the members of the other groups and talked about their interviews as well.

From all interviews conducted, three had been selected by each local group to create a video. 24 short videos tell the interviewees life stories, spanning a few decades and ensuring a deeper insight into their everyday life, hobbies, interests, etc. Also, the learners were supported in the process of video creation and were able to produce subtitles for each video in the 6 different languages to help with the comprehension.

In addition to the interviews two types of timelines were developed and available on the project website:

  • historical timeline pointing out events that had directly or indirectly shaped the lives of the interviewees;
  • socio-economic context in each country, which shed light on the situation of seniors in the partners' countries.

Also, the timeline and context information is available in English.

For more information visit the official website of the DENTA project


Carmen Stadelhofer
Schweinmarkt 6 - 89073 Ulm (Germany)
тел: +49 (0) 731-379951-66
email: carmen.stadelhofer@uni-ulm.de