5th Anniversary Conference of the 7 Most Endangered programme

In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra is organising the 5th Anniversary Conference of the 7 Most Endangered programme, which includes Capacity Building Days on Endangered Heritage, on 22-24 October in Nicosia.

The aim of this Conference is threefold: first, sharing the lessons learned since the launch of the 7 Most Endangered programme in 2013 and discussing the way forward, while presenting EU policies and actions taken for heritage at risk and various already existing funding schemes; second, sharing some best practice examples of saving endangered sites by the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards; and third, drawing particular attention to the case of the Buffer Zone of the Historic Centre of Nicosia, which was listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in 2013, thus giving a special focus on a country belonging to the wider region of South East Europe which has been confronted with many challenges.

The Buffer Zone of the Historic Centre of Nicosia, CYPRUS

PROGRAMME

The Conference’s programme is composed of 4 parts:

Day 1 – morning of Tuesday, 23 October – will focus on the 5 years of the 7 Most Endangered programme: lessons learned and way forward.
This part of our programme will involve opening addresses, lessons learned from projects included on the 7 Most Endangered lists since 2013 and new possible partnerships for the future.

Day 1 – afternoon of Tuesday, 23 October – will focus on EU Policies and Action for Heritage at risk and funding for saving heritage monuments and sites in danger. This part will showcase various presentations by representatives of the European Commission and other institutions which fund cultural heritage in Europe as well as exemplary practices of saving endangered sites by the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.

Day 2 – morning of Wednesday, 24 October – will focus on the Buffer Zone in the Nicosia Walled City, gathering many active actors and sharing different points of view.

Day 2 – afternoon of Wednesday, 24 October – will allow the participants to visit the Othello Tower and monuments restored by the bi-communal Committee on cultural heritage in Famagusta and to learn more about the situation and work in this city.

The main part of the Conference will take place in the Centre of Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia, a Grand Prix winner of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2017.

The Conference has received the financial support of the European Union through its Creative Europe Programme and the European Investment Bank Institute as well as the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Centre of Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia, the UNDP-PFF and the bi-communal Committee on cultural heritage.

For more information about the Conference, please get in contact with Louise van Rijckevorsel (lvr@europanostra.org) at our Brussels Office.

For those who might be interested, the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), a member of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, is holding the 11th International Conference for Cultural Tourism on the theme “Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism” on 25-27 October 2018 in Paphos, Cyprus.