International Forum on Historical Centres: Heritage Connects People and Places

A full-day forum to address pressing issues for people and places in historic centres will be held on Saturday, 22 April 2023, in Timișoara, Romania. The morning session of the forum will be dedicated to a masterclass on diversity and inclusion in the cultural heritage field. The afternoon session will be dedicated to contemporary issues facing built heritage in historic town centres.

The full programme can be viewed here.

Registration is now closed. No admission will be possible without prior registration.

The event will be recorded and made available online shortly after the event.

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The Masterclass on Diversity and Inclusion in the cultural heritage field will offer participants insight into successful case studies and equip them with the skills to better engage harder-to-reach audiences and to implement models of participatory governance for heritage. Case studies will include the empowerment of women in the heritage field, the awareness-raising of Roma heritage, and urban regeneration through the recovery of heritage. Workshops will allow participants to delve into these themes at a deeper level. Find descriptions of the workshops here. Find background information on each of the speakers here.

The Masterclass takes place thanks to the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union through Europa Nostra’s Network project European Cultural Heritage Agora “Empowering Europe’s Civil Society Movement for Heritage”.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to contemporary issues facing built heritage in historic town centres. Historic centres are facing increasing challenges, whether they concern the environment and climate, social pressures, cultural needs or how to strike a balance between these factors. How can we make historic centres liveable and attractive places to live and visit? Where is the middle ground between preserving heritage as a hallmark of identity and allowing for inner city development? How can we optimise domestic comfort via technical solutions for increased thermal efficiency, for example, or improved urban design? A lack of local and national policies for built heritage interventions in historic centres has further hindered progress on these challenges. A number of case studies that illustrate these major themes from Romania and Europe will be presented and will be further discussed.

The forum is organised by the Romanian Order of Architects, Europa Nostra and Asociația Prin Banat (Europa Nostra member) in cooperation with the Timișoara Municipality, the Timiș County Council. It has the support of the Romanian Order of Architects, Timiș branch, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and European Heritage Days, a joint programme by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

The forum is part of the official programme of the European Capital of Culture 2023. The conference organisers are proud to be hosting this conference in Timișoara, European Capital of Culture 2023: a heritage city with a diverse, young and engaged population and therefore the perfect setting to exchange and together reimagine the future of heritage in Europe.

Practical information

  • The forum takes place at the New Millennium Reformed Center, Splaiul Morarilor 7, Timișoara 307200.
  • Entrance to the forum is free but places are limited. Registration is compulsory. No admission will be possible without prior registration.
  • The day’s proceedings will not be live-streamed but will be recorded and made publicly available shortly after the event. 
  • The language of the forum will be English with some workshops taking place in Romanian.