Cultural Heritage without Borders
I CAN, you CAN, we CAN — volunteers protecting, promoting and engaging with cultural heritage in every community, in every country, in every corner of Europe.
“Cultural heritage is Europe's greatest asset: our crude oil, our gold reserve. Our heritage is Europe's bread and butter, as much as it is Europe's heart and soul.” — Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra (europanostra.org/news/307/)
The cultural heritage of southeastern Europe is an integral part of all of European heritage. And it is this piece of Europe’s heritage that is most under threat from disasters, conflict, rapid development and neglect. Europe needs the youth and young professionals in this region that care about their heritage to unite and contribute to a shift in their communities about heritage can be appreciated and used. The outcomes of this project would benefit all of Europe and a successful network such as this could be easily scaled up to a pan-European scale.
The objective 1 is to continue supporting the growth of international/interethnic networking in the Balkans that was begun through the RRC.
The objective 2 is to enlarge the base of adept individuals and institutions specialized in emergency response to cultural heritage in cases of conflict, neglect and natural disasters in order to maximize the prevention actions and lower the risk to heritage.
The objective 3 is to provide young professionals with confidence in their skills and make them take the ownership of those skills and utilize them in getting or creating job opportunities — seeing heritage as an economic resource within their communities.
• Structuring the network of alumni that exist from the Regional Restoration Camps
• Planning/implementing two tracks for heritage engagement:
1) Cultural emergency preparedness/response: Network members across southeast Europe will be trained to address heritage before and after disasters. Volunteers will be ready both within and outside of institutions in case of emergency.
2) Heritage entrepreneurship: Network members have access to training opportunities, networking, professional mentorship and seed funding in this area (a heritage business incubator), helping to stimulate the economic value of heritage for local communities.
• ‘Animate’ the network by making it a regional hub for contact and opportunities in the heritage field; establishing a web platform for this
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We would love to know about any such networks existing for heritage elsewhere in Europe!