40th anniversary of entering the "Historic Center of Warsaw" on the UNESCO List - webinar 2020-10-21

In 2020, we are celebrating two important anniversaries related to the protection of Polish cultural heritage - the 40th anniversary of the entry of the "Historic Center of Warsaw" on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the 75th anniversary of its reconstruction. On this occasion, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage invites you to participate in the international webinar The invincible city. Society in cultural heritage recovery.

The participants of this unique event, which will take place on October 21, will include experts from the UNESCO World Heritage Center, the International Council for the Protection of Monuments (ICOMOS), the International Research Center for the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM) and the National Heritage Board of Poland.

The webinar is addressed to Polish and foreign specialists: architects, town planners, historians, archaeologists, conservators, as well as representatives of local government authorities, who by participating in the debate can draw inspiration and knowledge from the historical experiences of cities such as Warsaw.

It is worth recalling that on the example of the historic center of Warsaw, the participants of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, organized by the ICC in 2017, discussed the issues related to the destruction of cities, mainly as a result of war conflicts, as well as the problems of their reconstruction. The event, attended by 30 young experts from around the world, dealing with the protection of heritage, accompanied the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which took place in Krakow in 2017, chaired by prof. Jacek Purchla.

The conference will be opened by prof. Magdalena Gawin - Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage, General Conservator of Monuments and prof. Jadwiga Łukaszewicz - President of the Polish National Committee of ICOMOS. The speakers will include:

  • Mechtild Rössler - Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center,
  • Lazare Eloundou Assomo - UNESCO Director for Culture and Emergency,
  • Joseph King - Director of the Team for Cooperation and Communication of the International Center for Research on the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM),
  • Marie-Laure Lavenir - Director General of the International Council for the Protection of Monuments (ICOMOS),
  • Bogusław Szmygin - President of the International Scientific Committee of Theory and Philosophy of Conservation of the International Council for the Protection of Monuments (THEOPHIL - ICOMOS),
  • Amra Hadžimuhamedović - Director of the Center for Cultural Heritage of the International Forum of Bosnia,
  • Wojciech Kozłowski - Director of the Institute of Witold Pilecki,
  • Shadia Touqan - Director of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH).

The debate was divided into two thematic panels, both conducted in English:

Panel 1 - Ruins, bricks and dust. International experience of the recovery of historic cities.

Discussion on the experiences acquired over the 75 years since the reconstruction of cities after the devastation of war and the changing relationship between conservator and society in the process of reconstruction. Experts will try to answer the question about the message and lesson that the Polish nation and Warsaw itself learned from the symbolic dimension of society's rebirth through determination in restoring the damaged material evidence of cultural identity.

Panel 2 - Ruins towards future. How to plan a recovery process? Solidarity with Beirut.

In a gesture of solidarity in Beirut, the discussion will cover contemporary problems, challenges and the possibility of protecting the heritage in danger of destruction. Universal guidelines for dealing with heritage at the time of destruction will be presented, as well as visions of the future and new approaches to the process of heritage restoration with the support of international expert bodies.

Participation in the webinar is free, just register on the EVENEA website.

A link to the online event will be sent to the registered e-mail addresses, allowing you to participate in discussions with speakers also in the form of a chat.