Welcome to the CULTURATI Horizon Europe RIA Project Newsletter, your gateway to the latest insights, developments, and innovations at the intersection of culture, technology, and research.


Crafting a Global Hub for Cultural Heritage and Arts

At the heart of our project lies the creation of an inclusive platform—a digital haven to celebrate and share knowledge about cultural heritage and the arts. Through close collaboration with our esteemed partners in Spain, NIMBEO and the University Carlos III of Madrid, and in Germany with IOTIQ, our combined efforts have been focused on developing both the backend and frontend of this groundbreaking system.

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Empowering Teams for Content Creation Excellence

Director of Training Leads Dynamic Workshop for Partner Organizations. In a bid to revolutionize the cultural and creative landscape, CULTURATI recently rolled out a series of content creation training initiatives, marking a significant milestone in its endeavor to reshape the cultural narrative. The workshop witnessed a remarkable display of collaborative spirit and active participation from attendees.

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Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Culture

In a groundbreaking stride at the intersection of technology and culture, the Horizon Europe project CULTURATI is forging ahead, marking new frontiers and redefining the landscape of cultural engagement. The project’s latest developments, heralded by its proponents, signal a remarkable journey marked by collaboration, innovation innovation, and a dedication to pushing boundaries.


Shining in the Spotlight of Turkishtime Türkiye AR-GE 250 Report

In a momentous achievement, our Horizon Europe Project, CULTURATI, funded by the European Commission, has earned a distinguished feature in the esteemed Turkishtime Türkiye AR-GE 250 Report. 

Titled Europe’s Eyes on Bilkent Projects, this report brings to light CULTURATI’s innovative endeavors and its significant impact within the expansive realm of cultural and creative initiatives.


Exciting News from Ankara TravelEXPO

Ankara, November 18, 2023 – The Ankara TravelEXPO came alive with excitement as it played host to a pivotal moment in the cultural landscape. Amidst the buzz of local artists and vibrant displays, the spotlight shone brightly on CULTURATI, the Horizon Europe RIA Project poised to revolutionize the cultural and creative industries (CCIs).


Exploring Porvoo's Rich Heritage and Innovation

Porvoo is replete with stories and connections, linking multiple layers of art and artifice, landscape, nature, industry, creativity and daily life. The CULTURATI project aims to tap into creating personalised games and routes, tailored to the knowledge level and preferences of individual visitors. 

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Lucera 2026: Embracing a Cultural Renaissance

Nestled in the Monti Dauni of Puglia, Lucera, one of five case study sites across the project which will trial the implementation of the CULTURATI technology, has recently emerged as a cultural focal point with its compelling candidacy dossier titled “Lucera 2026: Crossroads of Peoples and Cultures“.


Postcards from Porvoo - A city worth seeing even in the dark

Celebrating its fifth edition on February 9-10, 2024, this extraordinary light festival promises an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike. This year’s edition promises to be a feast for the senses, showcasing Porvoo’s rich cultural heritage through a mesmerizing interplay of lights and shadows.Porvoon Valot invites you to explore the iconic landmarks of Porvoo. 

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Workshop on "Preparing a Successful Proposal for Horizon Europe" Draws Praise and Gratitude

Vienna, Austria – Amidst the vibrant atmosphere of the EuroCHRIE 2023 Conference, hosted by the esteemed FHWien der WKW University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, a workshop on “Preparing a Successful Proposal for Horizon Europe” left attendees inspired and equipped for future endeavors.


IOTIQ - Pioneering Innovation in Collaboration with CULTURATI

Elevating the Sensorial Experience. Working closely with our pilot sites, Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum (RMK) and Ankara Governorship, we are proud to announce the finalisation of sensors selection for both locations. The careful consideration and collaborative effort invested in this process will enhance the experience for visitors, adding a new dimension to cultural exploration.

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Connecting the Dots: stakeholder engagements propel CULTURATI

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to revolutionize the way we engage with and celebrate cultural heritage and arts across Europe. It is with immense pride that we highlight the significant role that stakeholder meetings have played in shaping the path of our ambitious journey.         

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IOTIQ's pioneering pilot site investigations

With unwavering determination, Ankara Governorship has joined hands with Bilkent University and Ankara Governorship to usher in a new era of cultural exploration. Our mission is nothing short of transformative—enriching visitor experiences while safeguarding the treasures that hold our collective history.   

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UK contingency meeting at Blenheim Palace

After our successful launch in Ankara, CULTURATI took flight with a captivating contingency meeting at Blenheim. Gathering the three UK partners to share early thoughts on this dynamic research and innovation action that includes key stakeholders, cultural experts, and pilot sites, including Blenheim Palace.   


Merging Smart Solutions with Heritage Sites

“CULTURATI is a smart space project that perfectly aligns with our expertise in smart space solutions, both in closed spaces like museums and open heritage spaces. […]
AI will play a pivotal role in CULTURATI. For us, at IOTIQ, a smart system is one that decides independently without user intervention. Our goal is to automatically define content and plan guide routes, making our spaces truly smart and using human resources efficiently.”

Özer Aydemir, CEO, IOTIQ

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Empowering CULTURATI NIMBEO's architectural innovations

At the heart of our commitment was the design of a robust and scalable system architecture—an intricate web that forms the bedrock of the entire CULTURATI solution. With unwavering focus, we meticulously formulated an architecture that not only meets the demands of the project but also paves the way for future expansion.

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The Order of the Star of Italy to the Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Rahmi M. Koç Museum General Manager Mine Sofuoğlu was awarded the “Italian Star Order” by the Italian Embassy and received the title of knight. We are happy to be together with our Italian partners Foggia University and Meridaunia in the CULTURATI project, which was supported within the scope of the European Union’s “Horizon Europe” program.

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CULTURATI's inspirational meet at Rahmi M. Koç Museum
A confluence of visions

In the midst of the vibrant spirit of Istanbul, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum stands as a living testament to the rich tapestry of our past. Within its walls, history intertwines with innovation, forming a captivating narrative that speaks to the heart of what CULTURATI aspires to achieve. The museum’s diverse collection mirrors the very essence of our collaborative endeavor.   

Launch Meeting in Ankara

The journey of CULTURATI began with an inspiring launch meeting held in Ankara during the vibrant season of spring. 

The event was attended by more than 100 guests, including the Finnish Ambassador H E Ari Mäki, and Italy’s Cultural Attaché Maria Luisa Scolari. Rector of Bilkent University Prof Dr Kürşat Aydoğan, Deputy Governor of Ankara Turan Yılmaz, and Prof Hasan Mandan, President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) delivered the opening addresses. The speakers highlighted the international significance and cutting edge nature of the project, which will use state-of-the-art technology to build resilience back into a cultural heritage sector that was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.