24.11.2010 -

Sharing cultural achievements and enhancing future standards

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The meeting of the South Eastern-European Ministries of Culture held at the premises of the Biennale, (Ca’ Giustinian) in Venice, on 20 November 2010 assessed the state-of-the-art of the implementation of the existing agreements on cultural cooperation in South-Eastern Europe, and discussions were oriented towards the continuation of this cooperation process.

The Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, and the President of the Biennale of Venice, Paolo Baratta, opened the meeting with their welcoming addresses. The works were chaired by the Director of the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elisabetta Belloni, together with Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office. 

“It is remarkable what has been achieved under the umbrella of this project which was financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by UNESCO Venice Office. It should be said that restoration of monuments can also foster cultural cooperation between countries. We have enlarged our networks of cooperation; we have started to integrate Science and Culture. We will intensify our work to achieve better international standards in SEE”, underlined Engelbert Ruoss.

Over the period 2005-2010, the project “Cultural Heritage – a Bridge towards a Shared Future” realized 18 major activities for the safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage in South-Eastern Europe. A new video presentation and photos depicting these major cultural heritage achievements carried out jointly with the Italian Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UNESCO Venice Office were shown during the meeting.

The day was concluded with a special cultural event of traditional SEE folklore musical performance “The Sound of Tradition(s)”. Performing artists were Stevan Cavor (Montenegro); Svetlana Vukosavljevic (Serbia) and the musical group Balkan di.Fusion.

Author(s): UNESCO Venice Press Release N°2010-05

Source: UNESCOVENICE PRESS 24-11-2010


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