The Cultural Space of Central Europe

On Monday, the 11th of June, 2012, a meeting entitled “Kaliningrad: a Laboratory of a Central-European City (Revitalisation and Cultural Heritage)” was held as part of The Cultural Space of Central Europe seminar with the participation of members of the Programme Board of the International Cultural Centre, representatives and guests of the Kaliningrad Branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and State Service under the President of the Russian Federation and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kaliningrad. The main topics of the debate included issues of revitalising historical cities, particularly those destroyed towards the end of the Second World War, such as Kaliningrad, Warsaw, Gdańsk and Wrocław. Not only the destruction of the architectural and urban tissue was discussed, but also the destruction of the social tissue. An important motive of discussion was memory and its significance for the identity of a place – the disrupted memory of Königsberg and the superficial memory of Kaliningrad. One of the proposals of the Polish participants was a continuation of reflection in the context of shared European heritage, which may help overcome distortions and discontinuity of history. Further cooperation with the Academy on organising educational projects is also planned.
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