The Co-organisers are:
Institut du Patrimoine Wallon, La Paix Dieu, Belgium
Union Rempart, France
NARRATIVE SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
The aim of the project is to valorify, at European level, the joint values of the intangible heritage related to traditional building craft skills, and to use this as a tool to foster cooperation between different countries and ethnic groups using the built cultural heritage to enhance a sense of European citizenship and cooperation for individuals and communities. It will help identify the role of such skills in the development of communities, will enhance the social inclusion level of disadvantaged groups by training them in these skills, and will engender cross-generational respect in the value and practice of such skills in the maintenance and development of societal values across a number of EU countries and through transparency of dissemination to the remaining members of the EU.
The project will celebrate the value of traditional building crafts skills in fostering international relations through exchanges of traditional practice and expertise, and will be mainly implemented at the International Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre at Banffy Castle, Bontida. The partnership will involve the exchange of craftsmen between the three countries and will offer an opportunity to promote the crafts skills from Transylvania to a wide European audience. The programme will also involve school children from each of the three countries in activities designed to help them understand the importance of the historic buildings. During the two year period several activities will be implemented, involving both, artists and members of the general public to celebrate the importance of our European cultural heritage.
SPECIFIC NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED
In each of the participating countries there is a general shortage of traditional crafts skills capable of adequately serving the cultural heritage sector, combined with a lack of related training within the university system as a formal part of their vocational training and of practical courses for craftsmen. This applies to all disciplines within the sector specifically related to skills necessary to preserve, promote and maintain the very diverse cultural heritage of Europe. The loss of such cultural heritage is a serious obstacle to community development, especially in rural regions. Neglect of cultural heritage is widespread, partially through lack of knowledge and understanding in how to address the problem.
ACTIVITIES OF THE PROJECT
Different activities will be aimed at different target groups:
I. European Heritage Festivals
The Events will involve skills training in:
1. Consolidation and Rendering: Profiles and Decoration, Stucco, Sgraffito, Fresco
2. Carpentry/Joinery: structural carpentry/ furniture repair/painting
3. Stonemasonry: new carving and repair, Stonemasonry festival of traditional carving.
II. European Heritage Days embracing awareness raising, aimed at school children
III. Crafts Days for students of Construction Schools
IV. Celebrations of European Cultural Heritage
VI. Coordination and Management
The value of cultural heritage (the built and historic environment) is widely recognized as a catalyst which can be utilized to enhance social integration within communities and to promote a sense of civic pride and identity. It is an important principle of European Citizenship to realize the responsibility of care and protection of our cultural environment, inherited and to be passed on to other generations. Through these principles the project will promote the preservation of cultural heritage by offering practical expertise in the maintenance and development of traditional skills in conservation and restoration of the historic buildings of Europe.
Please check the TIMETABLE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIVITIES.