20.09.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

Venice Office supports innovation and excellence in heritage

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UNESCO Venice Office will be supporting, from 22 to 24 September 2011, the Best in Heritage international conference, organized in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in partnership with Europa Nostra. The Best in Heritage conference, under the chairmanship of Professor Tomislav Šola, brings together international and professional institutions, in the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to survey the best and most innovative museums, conservation and heritage projects, and consider heritage protection and museums as opportunities for innovation and excellence.

This conference will offer an opportunity for the South-East European region, and beyond, to discuss innovation and excellence in a comparative way, but also to reflect on the challenges of shared pasts and shared futures.

This year, the Venice Office will be supporting, in particular, the organization on 25th September of a one-day special Master class programme addressed to university students on the theme of “Difficult Heritage”, with a lecture by Mr. Jari Harju, Curator at the Helsinki City Museum and President of ICOM’s International committee for museums and collections of archaeology and history. Mr. Kimmo Antila (Museum Centre Vapriikki - Tampere 1918 - Tampere, Finland) and Ms. Katarina Živanović (Museum of Yugoslav History - Belgrade, Serbia) will be presenting case studies on the treatment of difficult heritage issues in museums.  

This Master class course will prolong the international meeting organized by the UNESCO Venice Office on “Best practices in museum management: dealing with difficult heritage, educating on history”, organized in Berlin, Germany, at the German Historical Museum (27-28 January 2011).

The Best in Heritage conference will be celebrating this year its 10th anniversary edition.

On this occasion, the Venice Office, in cooperation with the Bangkok UNESCO Office, will also make a presentation on the 2010 UNESCO Asia-pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

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