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Clara Puech

2019/20 Ioannina

Clara was born in Paris. In 2002, after studies in urban planning, a master’s in local development and European Voluntary Service safeguarding rural landscapes, she decided to move from the French capital to Ioannina, the capital of Epirus in Greece.

Working as project manager for European programs, she was designing and managing cooperation programs in the field of cultural heritage for more than 10 years before joining the team of a Greek parliament member. All together, her experience so far has convinced her that cooperation, capacity-building, local empowerment and participatory process are key aspects in local development.

Seizing the opportunity offered by the START program in 2019 to reinvent her career path, gain knowledge and explore tools to put the local community at the heart of the city; Clara seeks to experiment with gaming approaches and encourage the local population to actively play with the history of their city, discover the "treasures" surrounding them and write common stories. Her objective: to turn the local community into the ambassadors of their city, follow her traces and discover Ioannina's potential.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

Ioannina Treasure Hunt

The Ioannina Treasure Hunt proposed project aims at creating an open-air game with the help of the local community that will allow the inhabitants to discover their neighbourhood and the visitors the city of Ioannina in a fun and interactive way. The project aims to using the treasure hunt game to 1) mobilize the local community around a common cultural activity that will encourage them to explore the spaces and the history of their city, 2) support the cooperation amongst the local community to produce the final product, 3)
make the city a treasure hunt both for the inhabitants and the visitors.

Host Institution


Die VILLA is the sociocultural center in the heart of Leipzig. Every week, more than 100 activities and events take place here - in great variety and for all ages.

More than 90,000 visitors come to the house per year. Almost half of these are children and young people, a quarter is seniors. The proportion of people with disabilities or with a migration background is above average in Leipzig.

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