The Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the International Cultural Centre in Kraków are proud to hold the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017 under the theme Memory: Lost and Recovered Heritage, as part of the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee and within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme.

The Forum will take place in Kraków and Warsaw between 25.06.2017 and 4.07.2017.

The theme of the Forum which opens in Warsaw on 25 June is the city and multi-layered interpretation of the problem of its destruction, as well as heritage and collective memory. Recently, Aleppo - a Syrian victim of war crime - has become a symbol of the city destruction. However, there are other factors affecting the city like natural disasters (the case of Katmandu or Christchurch) and changes resulting from globalization and commercialization of public space. Young professionals from all over the world, between 22 and 32 years of age, who are interested in cultural heritage will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, broaden their outlook and contribute to the discussions on topics such as:

  • memory and identity,
  • conservation and restoration of sites,
  • limits of reconstruction,
  • heritage management.

The aim of the Forum is to increase young people’s knowledge and understanding of the importance of the following:

  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention,
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee,
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection, conservation and restoration of selected World Heritage sites carrying associative values.

The selection of candidates has ended. Only the laureates will be informed about the results of the competition.

For more information go to International Culture Centre website or contact:

Ms Ewa Wojtoń, e.wojton@mck.krakow.pl, tel.+48 12 42 42 870
Mr Michał Wiśniewski, m.wisniewski@mck.krakow.pl, tel.+48 12 42 42 820

Draft Programme

The Forum has been given the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

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