Exponatec Cologne 2017

Exponatec Cologne, Europe’s leading communication platform for the museum, conservation and restoration sectors, will take place from 22-24 November in Cologne, Germany. In view of the upcoming European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, with the motto “Sharing Heritage”, the field of cultural heritage will be under the spotlight at this year’s edition of Exponatec. The main partners of the event are Europa Nostra, which will be present with an information stand during the entire event, The Best in Heritage and the German Museums Association.

The 2017 edition of Exponatec will place a special emphasis on cultural heritage, featuring a series of presentations, lectures and exhibition areas revolving around cultural heritage related topics. The discussions will focus on the protection of European cultural heritage with the aim of actively guiding even broader segments of society, especially the younger generation, towards cultural heritage.

The Best in Heritage Excellence Club symposium, organised by the European Heritage Association, will be held on 22 November (Hall 3.2, 10.00-14:00). Guy Clausse, Board Member of Europa Nostra, will present the organisation, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards and the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Professor Tomislav Šola, Director of The Best in Heritage, and other high-level representatives will also address the audience on a multitude of cultural heritage topics. The outstanding conservation project of the Nuragic Sculptures of Monte Prama in Sardinia in Italy – winner of an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2015 and voted as Project of Influence at The Best in Heritage Conference 2016 – is one of the award-winning projects to be presented this year. In addition, successful initiatives focused on new technologies and multimedia of the “Imagines” event will also be discussed.

On 23-24 November, many more presentations will be made at The Best in Heritage stand. Whilst there, visitors will receive insights into the quality standards for current museum, restoration and conservation projects from around the world.

Europa Nostra Deutschland will co-host the symposium “Digital Monument: Historic Preservation and New Media” on 23 November at the Congress-Centre Ost (Offenbach-Saal, 10:30-16:00). The symposium will be opened by Alexander Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Vice-President of Europa Nostra and Chairman of Europa Nostra Deutschland.

Our world is no longer conceivable without digitality. It characterises both our work routines and our private lives in equal measure. Digitality opens up possibilities and makes many tasks easier and more efficient, but at the same time it can be seductive and influences thought and action. Critical reflection on its benefits is therefore an important ability, which people today must acquire as a matter of necessity. The seminar examines these questions in relation to monument preservation, whereby one area focuses on questions surrounding the digital distribution and mediation of content, as well as goals and ideas relating to monument preservation. What is the digital monument? And to what purposes do we actually digitalise monument preservation? These are the core questions.

Exponatec Cologne 2017 will present valuable information, solutions proven in practice, surprising visions and international exchange of experiences. Throughout the four exhibition areas, institutions and companies from all relevant segments of the culture market will show new products, solutions and concepts revolving around exhibiting, restoration and cultural heritage and thereby provide groundbreaking impulses. The novelty of this year is a Consulting Corner and the Start-up city.

Exponatec Cologne

22-24 November 2017

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