Four Italian heritage achievements to receive Europe’s top Heritage Awards in Rome
- Monday, 14 November, 2016
- National Roman Museum of the Diocletian Baths (Aula X), Rome, Italy
- programme events
Four Italian winners of EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016 will be celebrated at a ceremony in Rome on 14 November 2016. The event will be held at the National Roman Museum of the Diocletian Baths (Aula X) from 16:00 to 20:00.
The projects include the rehabilitation of the Baths of Diocletian, the research project Granaries of memory, Mrs. Giulia Maria-Crespi who has devoted her life to protect Italy’s cultural heritage, and the educational programme Apprendisti ciceroni. They were included among the 28 prize winners of European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016.
Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Silvia Costa, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, Androulla Vassiliou, Vice-President of Europa Nostra and former European Commissioner for Culture, high-level representatives from the European Commission's Representation in Italy, Europa Nostra and Italia Nostra and many heritage professionals will attend.
In addition to the award ceremony, a debate will take place on the value of heritage and its positive impact on Europe’s economy, culture, society and environment, building on the results of the project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe, which will be presented in Italy for the first time. The project was supported under the EU Culture programme 2007-2014.
THE ITALIAN WINNERS OF THE 2016 EU PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
THE DIOCLETIAN BATHS: CHARTERHOUSE AND OPEN-AIR POOL, ROME (CATEGORY CONSERVATION)
The Baths of Diocletian were built between 298CE and 306CE in honour of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. They were the largest and most impressive of the imperial baths and could accommodate an estimated three thousand people. As time passed, the site has been damaged and suffered from structural problems, which led to its closure to the public for safety reasons.
Thanks to the renovation project, an important part of the cultural heritage of Rome has reopened to the public.
'GRANARIES OF MEMORY’, BRA (CATEGORY RESEARCH)
Granaries of Memory draws on the oral history of local communities, especially related to the intangible heritage of food culture in Italy. Professional researchers from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in northern Italy conducted over 1,000 interviews in various communities to capture people’s memories of food and the regional cuisine as well as on the lifestyle surrounding its production and preparation. These interviews were recorded and are available to the public online in video format.
MRS GIULIA MARIA CRESPI, MILAN GRAND PRIX (CATEGORY DEDICATED SERVICE)
The 93 years old, Mrs Giulia Maria Crespi, has devoted her life to defend Italy’s cultural heritage. In 1975 Mrs. Crespi co-founded FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italian Environment Fund), a non-profit organisation which aims to save, to protect, to restore and open to the public Italy's artistic and natural heritage. Until 2010 she served tirelessly as the leader of the organisation. With her strong personality and leadership, Mrs Crespi has had a direct influence on policy- and decision-making with regard to cultural heritage in Italy. Her many achievements serve as a legacy for present and future generations.
CULTURAL HERITAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMME: 'APPRENDISTI CICERONI', MILAN (CATEGORY EDUCATION, TRAINING AND AWARENESS-RAISING)
The cultural heritage education programme Apprendisti Ciceroni is a well-established programme that instills in young people an awareness of the value of the artistic, cultural and natural heritage in Italy. Students aged 14-19 years old are given the opportunity to study one or more important heritage sites in their region and to present them as tour guides to the public during special events organised by the non-profit organisation FAI- Fondo Ambiente Italiano. In preparation, students engage in training activities which take place both in the classroom and outside in the field.
CULTURAL HERITAGE COUNTS FOR EUROPE
The EU-funded project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe aims to raise greater awareness about the many benefits of cultural heritage for Europe’s economy, society, culture and environment. It also presents strategic recommendations on how to tap into heritage's full potential. It was carried out from 2013 to 2015 and culminated in the publication of the report Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe which demonstrates that heritage creates jobs, encourages investment and can improve social cohesion.