Small towns in promotion of their cultural heritage: possibilities and experiences


immagine 2The project team in Prague has organized the first meeting of the REACH network of associate partners. The event took place on February 15th and was arranged in the format of a one-day workshop that was intended to prepare ground for collaboration in the upcoming pilot on small-town heritage. It was visited by a significant number of twenty partners from the pilot regions in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus and a new potential member from Poland, a doctoral student of cultural studies from Wroclaw University. The program was organized into four panels. The first one was devoted to presentation of the project’s major objectives and to explanation of the method of critical mapping, SWOT analysis and composition of the database of best practices in cultural heritage protection, its re/use and management. The second panel focused on possible forms of collaboration with associate partners. What can they offer, and what they expect to achieve from the partnership. The third panel opened discussion about the ways in which the actors operating in national scale approach local actors and motivate their activities related to heritage use and re-use. The fourth panel was devoted to the heritage activities carried out by towns, places and associations.

immagine 1The debate was fueled by interesting cases of participatory activities in relation to cultural heritage that were presented on one hand by experts from official institutions such as National Heritage Institute and CzechTourism, and on the other hand by architects operating as volunteers in European Council for the Village and Small Town (ECOVAST) in Slovakia and in Petr Parler Association on one side and local actors from towns represented by partners from Slovak town Svidník, a large factory operating in the town Česká Třebová, and  a microregional project for  participatory activities created by a group of citizens based mainly in small town Stařeč  on the other. The experts operating in NGOs Institute for monuments and culture/ Institut pro památky a kulturu o.p.s. and Anthropictures, Studio antropologického výzkumu /Anthropology research studio represented those who register, survey, motivate and support the participatory activities.
The discussion indicated several themes for further reflection, such as: the persisting tendency to limit the idea of heritage in small-town setting to old and tangible monuments; the discrepancies between the values of local residents and the perspectives of protection agencies; the double-edged relations between tourism and local sustainability; or the impact of participation by the local citizenries in all phases of the heritage practices on their success or failure. Very informal and friendly atmosphere, lively discussion and a desire to meet soon again was the feeling generally shared by all participants as well as organizers. It was intellectually very rewarding and pleasant event.

Further information:
Poster of the workshop, programme of the workshop, presentation .



Leave a Reply

Related Articles

Upcoming workshop: "Diversity and Local Contexts: Adaptation and Heritage"
The Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute of Sociological Studies)  and the Faculty of Arts  (Institute of World History) of Charles University in cooperation with  the Czech division of the UNESCO–MOST Program, organized a 2 days workshop on"Diversity and Local Contexts: Adaptation and Heritage" The workshop and publication are supported by KREAS (Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions for the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World) and REACH (RE-designing Access to Cultural...
Upcoming workshop. Small towns in promotion of its cultural heritage: possibilities and experiences
SAVE THE DATE: February 15, 2018. Jana Palacha square, 2, Praha 1, 2nd floor, room 201. Charles University leader of the HORIZON 2020 REACH Project pilot on small towns heritage, promotes the first workshop with associated partners of Czech Republic.   Small towns are a distinct feature of European settlement and are often per se part of CH, for their architecture, monuments, churches, and for any other form of CH in public places, as well as for the intangible heritage linked to ...
New Workshop of Creating Interactive Applications at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Pra...
Are you interested in interactive technology? How to use it in theater, during live performances and installations? This workshop will introduce you to a basic concepts of the flexible tool for creating interactivity in art — visual programming toolkit VVVV. It is an environment specifically designed for creative use, it allows fast and flexible runtime editing without syntax errors. If you never tried programming — here called patching — you will love VVVV. If you tried programming before, you...
ELAG conference 2018: BLEND/DEBLEND
It is with great pleasure to announce that the 42nd International Conference of the European Library Automation Group will be held at the National Library of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic from June 4 to 7 2018. The European Library Automation Group series of conferences focus on the application of information technology in libraries and documentation centers. For over forty years, the ELAG Conferences have provided library and IT professionals with the opportunity to discuss new technolo...