5th Anniversary Conference of the 7 Most Endangered programme
On 23-24 October, Nicosia will host the 5th Anniversary Conference of the 7 Most Endangered programme, established by Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network, and the European Investment Bank Institute to mobilise efforts to save Europe’s most threatened monuments and heritage sites. Some 100 heritage players from 20 European countries, including decision-makers, professionals and volunteers, will participate in the conference, which is organised in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
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, Europe’s highest honour in the field; and third, drawing particular attention to the case of the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia, which was listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2013, thus giving a special focus to a country belonging to the wider region of South East Europe which has been confronted with many challenges.
Among the speakers will be Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra, Androulla Vassiliou, Vice-President of Europa Nostra; Henry von Blumenthal, Deputy Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute; Vassiliki Anastassiadou, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, and Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Chief of Mission of UNFICYP. Representatives from the two communities of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Mehmet Harmanci, will participate in a panel discussion during the session on the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia on the morning of 24 October.
The Conference’s programme is composed of 4 parts:
Morning of Tuesday, 23 October – This session will focus on the 5 years of the 7 Most Endangered programme: lessons learned and the way forward. It will involve the lessons learned from projects included on the 7 Most Endangered lists since 2013 and new possible partnerships for the future. It will be followed by the opening of a photo exhibition about the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia by the young Dutch photographer Roman Robroek.
Afternoon of Tuesday, 23 October – This session will concentrate on EU policies and action for heritage at risk and existing funding for saving heritage monuments and sites in danger. This session will showcase various presentations by representatives from the European Commission and other institutions which fund cultural heritage in Europe and put a spotlight on exemplary practices for saving endangered sites by the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.
Morning of Wednesday, 24 October – This session will focus on the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia, gathering many active actors and sharing different points of view.
Afternoon of Wednesday, 24 October – This part of the programme will allow the participants to visit the Othello Tower and monuments restored by the Technical 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 Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
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.
High resolution photos of the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia by Roman Robroek