Dates for your Diary
29-30 January 2014 Brussels, Belgium - Committee of the Regions' conference on cultural and creative sectors
Towards the background of new EU funding opportunities for the period 2014-2020, the Committee of the Regions' conference on 29/30 January 2014 will bring together policy-makers, experts, creative minds and trend watchers, artists and representatives of European associations and international organisations. Success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development will be discussed.
The event will also facilitate 'creative networking' with representatives of selected projects from different cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks as well as information sessions on the 'Creative Europe' programme.
Visit http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/20131202-conference-cor_en.htm for more information and how to register.
17-18 February 2014, Brussels Belgium: CiTIEs:
The European Commission is organising a series of events to debate how Member States and EU institutions should work together to ensure that cities play their full role in European development – and that their needs are fully reflected in policy thinking.
More than two thirds of EU citizens live in cities or other urban areas – but does policy making in the EU reflect the realities of today's Europe? As calls grow for an EU Urban Agenda, the European Commission will host a cluster of events "CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe" held in Brussels 17-18 February 2014. It will be a crucial opportunity to shape a debate that matters to all of us.
Save the dates 17-18 February 2014 for this important urban event.
For further information please contact: CiTIEs2014@onetecmail.be
19-21 March 2014, Tomar Portugal:
Click below for the Study Visit Presentations:
Sustainable Transport Workshop 10 October 2013
The one day workshop held at The Forum in Norwich, UK organised by Heritage Europe as part of the ENCLOSE and PERHT projects was hailed as a great success by all participants. The seminar / workshop welcomed 47 delegates from 17 European countries.
The workshop looked at practical measures that can improve the quality of life in our historic centres through improvements in energy efficiency and air quality - benefiting residents, visitors and the historic fabric.
European case studies from LUCCA – Italy, TRONDHEIM – Norway, DEN BOSCH - Netherlands, TREVISO – Italy, and NORWICH - UK presented examples of good practice in freight logistics, urban mobility, energy efficiency in transporting both goods and people - all measures aimed at improving mobility, and reducing environmental impacts in historic city centres notably through the reduction of CO2 emissions to meet EU targets for 2020 and beyond.
Heritage Europe President Dr Louis Roppe
gives the opening address.
Brian Smith Heritage Europe Secretary General concludes the workshop and opens the floor for questions
The presentations produced interesting and lively questions both during and at the summing up of the workshop – chaired by Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith. All agreed on the value of such events and delegates would take back ideas and examples of good practice as practical measures they could implement on the ground.
“Cultural Heritage for Europe - Europe for Cultural Heritage”. European Heritage Policy Conference - Brussels 5th December 2013
The European Policy Conference on Cultural Heritage organised by Europa Nostra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary was an occasion for policy makers, civil society organisations, academics, researchers, heritage professionals and stakeholders, local, regional and national authorities, and representatives of European and international institutions to gather in support for heritage in Europe, to advocate the need for the development of a true EU strategy for cultural heritage, and to learn more about the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project.
Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith was a member of the panel discussing the role of heritage in “Contributing to Sustainable Development”. Other panels discussed “Engaging Communities” and “Heritage movement without Borders”
Click here for the conference programme.
The conference was also the occasion for the official launch ceremony of the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project. The project approved for funding in February 2013 held its second steering committee meeting on the 4th December in the morning followed by an open session meeting with the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 members in the afternoon
Heritage Europe member secures funding for new partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association, Bulgaria
Heritage Europe member Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (Great Yarmouth Borough Council, UK) has been awarded funding from the Headley Trust for a new project to deliver traditional skills training in Bulgaria. The Trust will be working in partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association, a Bulgarian NGO. The two organisations are sharing knowledge, skills and experience to work together in tackling common problems of the loss of traditional building skills, the erosion of cultural heritage and issues of high unemployment and social deprivation
Working together the two organisations will increase local skills, create employment opportunities, support tourism and safeguard the historic built environment. The project will begin in early 2014.
The Devetaki Plateau is made up of a collection of villages representing a rare architectural survival. The buildings are constructed from clay, stone and timber using vernacular building techniques dating back hundreds of years. These local materials have shaped the character of the historic built environment creating local distinctiveness and adding to the rich cultural tradition.
If you are interested in finding out more and the possibilities of involvement in the project contact Darren Barker Principal Conservation Officer, Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust at email@example.com
The meeting was followed in the afternoon by an open session with European Heritage Alliance 3.3 members. This was also the opportunity to present the project CHCFE and for members of the Alliance to make their own contributions. The meeting was attended by member organisations of the Alliance, representing the full spectrum of Cultural Heritage associations and professionals from across Europe. See also article on "European Heritage Policy Conference" above.
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