Culture, Heritage and Diversity


European Heritage Days: Slovenia

 

2014


 

Theme

Heritage goes to school

Date

27 September - 4 October 2014

Website

www.zvkds.si/dekd 

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2013


 

Theme

A century of benefiting heritage

Date

28 September - 5 October 2013

Website

www.zvkds.si/dekd 

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The conservation of cultural heritage is an important element of the identity of every country and nation. The attitude towards heritage reflects the development stage of each and every country, holding a mirror to its entire society. The development of the conservation theory and its upgrading by scientific disciplines, early regulations, and dedicated agencies were made possible by the appointment of art historian France Stele to the position of the provincial conservationist of the Monument Office for Carniola in 1913. He wrote a few fundamental articles on heritage as well. The outbreak of the Great War interrupted his efforts for five years as the conservator was sent to the front. He initiated the comprehensive protection of historic urban areas, landscape, Gothic painted ornamentation, and castles with their furnishings. Having contributed to the establishment of the new University of Ljubljana, the conservator now aided in educating the young, primarily in its History of Art Department. Stele also influenced the architectural school managed by his friend Jože Plečnik. The expertise and organisational abilities of Slovene conservators were employed to the benefit of the heritage of the entire Yugoslavia and world. The dust of history now covers the memory of their assistance in rescues of frescoes in Egypt or reinforcing the St. Sofia church in Ohrid. Since the Second World War, guardians of cultural heritage have upgraded the starting positions of Stele’s method of awareness-raising by publishing books, brochures and a dedicated newsletter. Slovenia is a signatory to all key international conventions in the sphere, from Hague to the UNESCO. Since its independence, the country has conceived and developed a computerised central register of immovable cultural heritage, one of the most advanced and comprehensive in Europe; systematic geolocation of cultural heritage data was a novelty even on the European level. Experts have entered nearly 30.000 immovable heritage items, thus facilitating protection activities and especially primarily spatial intervention in 212 municipalities. This heritage includes more than 8.200 cultural monuments. The experts and politicians gave official recognition of the outstanding national importance of no less than 300 monuments. Three sites in Slovenia have been put on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List as monuments of outstanding importance. This is our greatest wealth, alongside many educated enthusiasts – seasoned conservators.

 

2012


Theme

The Experience of Heritage

Date

22-29 September 2012

Website

www.zvkds.si/dekd 

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As in previous years, the starting point for the theme of the European Heritage Days was found in the general European Year – 2012 is celebrated in the European Union as the Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. With age, people gain experience and wisdom. We wish for the young people to listen to this wisdom and experience and on them build the knowledge and talents useful for the world of today. When this theme is projected onto heritage, it can be said that as heritage grows old, it grows more valuable – if, of course, we are able to cherish it for the values it holds for today. The heritage offers countless stories which may help the young generation to find at least a challenge for their assertion if not the meaning of life. The heritage lends a framework for the reflection on what bring the modern ways of life and whether it is true that only novelties count whereas all that is old is redundant, conservative and hinders progress. We often say that the heritage was not given to us as a gift by our parents and grandparents but was lent by our children and grandchildren. This is why we need to take good care of it and treasure it. All of this is especially true for Idrija. The highest recognition heritage can acquire is its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List and from this year on Idrija has every right to be proud of this accomplishment. An inscription to the world heritage list obliges us to the highest power to take care for the heritage of the human kind, to contribute to it and to pass it on to next generations.

 

2011


Theme

Heritage Communities and Volunteering

Date

24 September-1 October 2011

Website

www.zvkds.si

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