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Horizon Europe project HEPHAESTUS

Heritage in EuroPe: new tecHnologies in crAft for prEServing and innovaTing fUtureS

© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
Idea. Concept. Rationale.

The Hephaestus story

Hephaestus was the God of fire, of all the crafts, arts, and technology. He protected, cared for, and kept alive the flame in the volcano, which was used for forging metal and other works of great skill. Hephaestus was the protector of craft-makers and technical knowledge. It was from his teachings, mythology tells us, that we learned those marvelous crafts house building, wood and metal work, longlasting pottery, weaving, and cloth making that first enabled us to live in peace with nature, protecting us from the environment, giving us our history, culture, and future. We will extend these teachings.

© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
Research. Preserve. Innovate.

The aim of the Horizon Europe project Hephaestus

The aim or our project is to research, preserve and, at the same time, innovate craft sectors to deliver a cutting-edge, creative, and sustainable technology-driven economy based on cultural heritage.

We are committed to make an impact



Incorporate traditional crafts techniques with cutting-edge technologies as an ambidextrous Janus Head.


Open up new dimensions and opportunities of using digital technology for the preservation and restoration of cultural goods


Provide opportunities for innovating business models to produce new and high-quality products


Contribute to the creation of new markets, novel forms of entrepreneurship, and collaborations between crafts and cultural and creative industries.

HEPHAESTUS base is several years of consortium partners' research and development

Within this project, the partners bring together their experience and knowledge expertise to create a unique approach towards the innovation of traditional craft sectors. The consortium has to consider several challenges to keep craft relevant in the digitalised and globalised world to contribute to the growth of European craft sectors, realise the full potential of art as cultural heritage, and promote it as a driver of sustainable innovation.

HEPHAESTUS will set up the craft as an enabler of a European sense of belonging through continuous engagement with society, citizens, and economic sectors and by creating better protection, restoration, and promotion mechanisms.


© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
© Illustration by Funny Livdotter & Mötesplats Steneby
Team of experienced and competent professionals

HEPHAESTUS consortium

The project consortium brings together 9 partners and 4 associated partners representing 5 countries – Denmark, Faroe Islands, Italy, Latvia and Sweden.

Fablab Venezia was born in 2014 as a digital fabrication laboratory
Università Degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
BOFA under the Regional Municipality of Bornholm
SIA WIT Berry (WIT) is a small digital marketing and communication company based
Confartigianato Vicenza
Confartigianato Vicenza
Recap of the Horizon Europe project

HEPHAESTUS 2-day kick off

Two challenging and wonderful days of the Horizon Europe project Hephaestus kick off marks the dawn of a new chapter for both the consortium partners and the talented craft makers in Europe. The vibrant atmosphere of the two-day kick-off event was filled with anticipation and excitement, showcasing the immense potential for innovations that lie ahead.

The HEPHAESTUS two day kick off was held in Venice, Italy by the consortium communication and dissemination partner Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.