Events open to the public: The 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe.

2015-09-16 - 2015-09-18
Events open to the public:
September 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Lectures: Central European city and its identity – Prof. Jacek Purchla (International Cultural Centre, Krakow University of Economics), Conservation 3.0 - Integrated conservation in the age of smart specialization strategies –prof. Christer Gustafsson (University of Uppsala), 

September 18, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Cities: Refashioning needed! On revitalisation in cities.

Cities in Central Europe have been undergoing a dynamic change. Competitions for the European Capital of Culture held in recent years In our region have shown the great potential that culture has for city development, while issues concerning revitalization of degraded areas through art have been an important element in application documents. The aim of our discussion on aspects of revitalization in cities is primarily to demonstrate various experiences in reviving degraded areas such as: post-industrial buildings or neglected city centres. The guest speakers of the discussion: from Žilina in Slovakia, Pilsen in the Czech Republic and Łódź in Poland, which in recent years has been realising a pilot revitalization project com-missioned by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, will have an opportunity to present the most crucial conclusions drawn from their hitherto undertaken actions. An exchange of experiences in this field is vital, since the new financial framework of the European Union for 2014-2020 contains resources for wide-ranging support for revitalisation pro-jects. What is also important is an observable growing activity of citizens engaged in efforts to improve their quality of life in cities. Urban activists are a catalyst for communication between the authorities and the citizens, and therefore take part in revitalization processes. Crucial in these processes are not only renovation and modernisation but also the needs of inhabitants, ensuring their further functioning in a given location and a better quality of life.

Panelists: Marek Adamov (Slovakia), Tamás Fejérdy (Hungary), Jarosław Ogrodowski (Poland), Petr Šimon (Czech Republic),
Moderated by: Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik (Polska)

The conference is held in English. Opening lectures and the closing debate will be translated simultaneously into Polish. 

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