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The Gorica Bridge Speaks

© G. Rodinos
View of the Bridge of Gorica, Berat (Albania)

Within the framework of its global initiative “Culture: A Bridge to Development”, which aims at building on the power of culture as a dynamic force of co-operation and innovation for inclusive economic development, social cohesion, and peace, UNESCO is supporting the organization by the Balkanika Foundation, in cooperation with the Municipality of Berat and other partners from the region, of a new regional encounter in Berat.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture of Albania and Fadil Nasufi, Mayor of Berat, will attend “The Gorica Bridge Speaks”, a new sub-regional “Balkan Bridges Speak” event, on Saturday 29 March 2014 in the historic centre of Berat, a site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2005.

This regional encounter on the iconic Gorica bridge of Berat follows the ones organized in Edirne (Turkey) in 2012, and in Lovech (Bulgaria) in 2013. It is the third of several events within the “Balkan Bridges Speak” project to be hosted across South East Europe to highlight bridges as powerful symbols of unity and mutual understanding.


Type of Event Working group
Start 29.03.2014 10:00 local time
End 30.03.2014 23:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point DAUGE, Veronique
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Véronique Dauge at v.dauge@unesco.org
Country Albania
City Berat
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Culture: a Bridge to Development
Link 2 News
Link 3
Link 4 UNESCO Venice Office

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