Conference: Rivers and Industrial Heritage
European Heritage Days 2007: Rivers and Heritage
Rivers and Industrial Heritage — Possibilities for (RE) Activation of Vacant Industrial Buildings and Structures in Serbia: Challenges and Practices
Belgrade, Sava Center, 17th-18th September 2007
The Conference Rivers and Industrial Heritage — Possibilities for (RE) Activation of Vacant Industrial Buildings and Structures in Serbia: Challenges and Practices was held in Belgrade on 17th and 18th September as a part of official program of the European Heritage Days 2007. The Conference was organized in partnership with the organizations Cultural Front, Europa Nostra, Association for Rehabilitation of Cultural heritage - ARCH and the Cultural Heritage Preservation Institute of Pančevo with support of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Serbia, Secretariat for Economy and Secretariat for culture of the City of Belgrade and the French Embassy in Belgrade.
The Conference was attended by 130 participants approximately, among whom were professionals in the fields of preservation, valorization and revitalization of industrial heritage from the whole Serbia. Among participants were relevant institutions representatives; cultural and tourist practitioners and operators of different professional profiles; experts in the field of heritage management and other related fields; representatives of local municipalities; representatives of private and civil sectors relevant to the field.
In the Conference participated 29 speakers of diverse professional profiles, such as managers, project managers, operators active in the field of preservation and revitalization of industrial heritage, researchers, theoreticians, experts in the fields relevant for industrial heritage development, as well as representatives of different sectors of society related to the field in question who presented their experiences in the field of preservation and revitalization of industrial heritage.
In the focus of the Conference were examples of good practices and successful experiences in domain of valorization and reutilization of industrial heritage. All presentations were in line with main goal of the Conference which was to identify possibilities for revitalization and use of vacant industrial buildings in Belgrade and the whole Serbia, as well as to underline the importance of their integration in wider socio-economic development of the community.
Participants were provided with opportunity to learn about good practices from France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia and Croatia and to gain insight into variety of innovative methods of revalorization, revitalization and quality re-use of industrial heritage.
Particularly important segment of the Conference were presentations of successful initiatives from Serbia, fulfilling in that way aim of the Conference to emphasize the need for preservation and more responsible attitude towards industrial heritage, as well as the need for inclusion of different stakeholders in that process.
The Conference ended with panel discussion Possibilities for (Re) Activation of Vacant Industrial Buildings and Structures in Serbia which had aim to define priorities and strategies for improvement of current state in the field of industrial heritage in Serbia. Discussion was organized in form of open debate among representatives of state administration, local municipalities, decision makers and representatives of relevant institutions and civil sector organizations.
Within official program of the Conference participants were provided opportunity to take part in the program Reanimation of industrial heritage in Serbia – Case Study: Monuments of Industrial Culture of Pančevo that was held in Pančevo on September 17th. On that occasion participants visited monuments of industrial culture of Pančevo and participated in workshop Identifying key obstacles and possible solutions for activation of existing resources in the field of industrial heritage in Serbia.
During the second day of the Conference, on September 18th participants visited certain industrial buildings and monuments of industrial culture in the city of Belgrade, professionally guided by the representatives of the Association for Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage (ARCH).