ARMENIA, YerevanEducation, training and awareness-raising
PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE IN ARMENIA
In order to have a greater impact in promoting the idea of conservation and a change of mindset towards tangible cultural heritage, the project has targeted students, local experts, restoration technicians and public officials. Through academic and practical courses, more than 200 Armenians from their home country, Iran and Syria have had the opportunity to acquire skills in the handling of traditional materials and techniques and in best practice in restoration. Multidisciplinary and intercultural dialogue is a key element. An international conference, two study tours in Italy and several technical publications have also been organised.
What made the strongest impression on the Jury here was the effectiveness of the partnership between two nations, not immediate neighbours but sharing a philosophy in relation to their pasts. The involvement of the Politecnico di Milano ensured that the approach was rigorously scientific and objective, and Armenia could not really have coped without Italian technical know-how. The debt is acknowledged and the benefits are considerable, bringing dividends well beyond Armenia’s borders to the Armenian diaspora.
The Europa Nostra Awards are presented to outstanding achievements from European countries not taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme.