Excellence Fair gives the floor to Award winners in Vienna

The 27 winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2014 presented their remarkable achievements during the Excellence Fair held at the Vienna University of Technology in the morning of 5 May. The presentations took place in two parallel sessions, which were opened and moderated by the chairpersons of the four Juries of the Awards scheme. Some 250 people, including heritage and cultural professionals, academics, volunteers and supporters, attended the event.

The Excellence Fair was attended by some 250 people, including heritage and cultural professionals, academics, volunteers and supporters. Photo: Menia Katsamagka / Europa Nostra

The Excellence Fair was attended by some 250 people, including heritage and cultural professionals, academics, volunteers and supporters. Photo: Menia Katsamagka / Europa Nostra

Christian Hanus, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture at the Donau-University Krems, Piet Jaspaert, Board Member of Europa Nostra, and Monica Urian de Sousa, Programme Manager of the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, welcomed the audience.

The presentations were opened and moderated by the chairpersons of the four Juries, namely Fani Mallouchou-Tufano (Category 1 – Conservation), Işık Aydemir (Category 2 – Research), Alexander Sayn-Wittgenstein (Category 3 – Dedicated Service) and Tomislav Šola (Category 4 – Education, Training and Awareness-Raising).

Each winner was given the stage for about seven minutes and used audiovisual material to present the different phases of the project, giving technical insights as well as behind the scenes stories. A detailed programme presenting the order of interventions of the people behind the projects was distributed.

Following the presentations, a networking lunch created occasions for further discussions and feedback among the participants in the Excellence Fair.

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