The First Heritage Forum of Central Europe
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The book sums up The 1st Heritage Forum of Central Europe which was held from July 7 to July 9 in Krakow. This important initiative was called into being by the International Cultural Centre and jointly organised by the ICC and its partners from Prague, Bratislava and Budapest (under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union). Cultural heritage and its preservation as well as memory and identity in the context of Central European experiences – these issues are the prime focus of the International Cultural Centre since its inception in 1991. In 2007, the Centre was awarded with the prestigious Visegrad Cultural Prize. Moreover, the Ministers of Culture of the Visegrad Countries granted the ICC a mandate to coordinate a group of experts on cultural heritage. The Forum is a new initiative by the ICC called into being not only to enrich our dialogue with our neighbours on our shared heritage, but, above all, to serve as an important voice from Central Europe in the global debate on protection of our cultural patrimony in conditions of turbulent change. The Forum’s first edition created a unique opportunity to sum up the past twenty years of transitions and transformations in the field of culture and heritage in our region. It also identified and addressed shared problems and challenges in the fields. Its next edition is to take place in June 2013.
The study comprises of articles by eminent intellectuals and experts who participated in the Forum, including: Yuri Andrukhovych, Tamás Fejérdy, Árpád Furu, Pavel Gregor, Pavol Ižvolt, Anna Karwińska, Csaba G. Kiss, Katarína Kosová, Catherine Leonard, Kristína Markušová, Piotr Napierała, Beata K. Nykiel, Petr Pavelec, Jacek Purchla, Michaela Ryšková, Simona Škrabec, Gábor Sonkoly, Gábor Soós, Josef Štulc, Jiří Vajčner, István Varga, and Magda Vášáryová.
The publication also contains the Declaration of the 1st Heritage Forum of Central Europe signed by the participants upon the Forum’s completion. The book is further fleshed out with colour photographs, charts and maps.

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