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April 13, 2011

Youth, Monuments and Water – The World Heritage Day celebrated in Florence

Every year, UNESCO and ICOMOS celebrate the 18th of April as the World Heritage Day, and they dedicate this day to a different topic every year. In 2011, it has been addressed to the Heritage of Water.
In Italy, ICOMOS Italia has promoted a series of events and initiatives in Florence, Venice and Assisi – all happening on April 18th, and all addressed to celebrate Water and the relations between monuments and the water heritage.

For more information about the World Heritage Day click here!
For more information about the Florence celebration  click here!

February 14, 2011

Coming soon in Florence: The 8 Life Beyond Tourism® Principles – from Theory to Practice

Dear readers,

With a view to the conference The 8 Life Beyond Tourism® Principles-from Theory to Practice to be held in Florence on February 20th, 2011 at the Life Beyond Tourism® Auditorium al Duomo , we are collecting relevant contributions by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation‘s Experts, and we are glad to share them with you below.  Also,  please read more about the Life Beyond Tourism® Manifesto.

What: Conference The 8 Life Beyond Tourism® Principles-from Theory to Practice
When: February 20th, 2011; 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Life Beyond Tourism® Auditorium al Duomo, Via de’ Cerretani 54r, 50123 Florence, Italy


– Post by Alessandra Brignola –

ELAICH – Educational Linkage Approach In Cultural Heritage

Heritage Education and Tourism
by Dr. Anna lobovikov-Katz, 2011
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
ELAICH Coordinator

ELAICH is a EU-funded Project in the framework of Euromed Heritage 4 Programme, and it is aimed at awareness raising among the general public, and especially youth in cultural heritage, its values and its preservation and conservation. The project was started on February 1, 2009, and is to be concluded in 2012. The ELAICH multi-disciplinary international team is leaded by the Technion – Israel Institute of  Technology, and includes conservation experts from four Universities: University of Antwerp, NTUA – National Technical University of Athens, University of Malta and University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.
During the two years since the start of the project period, the ELAICH international team has developed an innovative educational approach, based on both research and teaching experience of its partners, and applied through lessons in class, laboratory exercises, in-situ “intellectual” and e-learning support.
The ELAICH course through its short and long versions, provides an introduction into the contemporary interdisciplinary field of the conservation of monuments, while it’s important focal point is developing a basic ability of on-site understanding of a historic building/ site, with a view of a possible future contribution of the ELAICH students to preservation of cultural (built) heritage, and especially on its post-conservation intervention stage – the stage of maintenance and monitoring.
Basic abilities  of understanding and perception of historic buildings, might be used by the ELAICH students in their everyday life in their immediate built and natural environment and their own cultural heritage, e.g. their schools,  homes and other buildings. Furthermore, they could apply it also during their vacations e.g. towards the cultural heritage of countries and regions other than their own.  At this point, the former/current ELAICH students could become a “contributing tourists” – contributing to the preservation of the other countries’ cultural heritage, e.g. through reporting deterioration phenomena observed by them at a historic site, etc.
During the project period, ELAICH partners actually teach in the ELAICH courses in Greece, Israel, Malta, Italy, Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. By the end of the project period, the ELAICH toolkit will be provided through the e-platform, and translations will be provided in several local Mediterranean languages, in addition to the English version. This will make it accessible to users in different countries, and facilitate awareness raising in cultural heritage and its preservation among the general public.

November 16, 2010

Live again the success of Costume Colloquium II Dress for Dance

Success is judged by quality and is not simply calculated in terms numbers. This is the standard of excellence by which the Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance will be judged, noted and remembered.
Costume Colloquium II: Dress of Dance did not disappoint and lived up to the high expectations of all its organizers and participants in the same way as the first Costume Colloquium dedicated to Janet Arnold.
Participants from 22 countries spanning the world met in Florence to share their knowledge and experiences in an open and congenial format.  Through lively discussion, informative visits and extraordinary events, a truly international, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural Colloquium was achieved.  Professionals, amateurs, students and educators alike, with interests ranging from costume and dance history, costume design, costume creation, museum studies, archival research, textile and costume conservation, to dance and dance re-enactment, benefited not only from the wealth of information gathered but also from networking with colleagues and friends, an essential component in the advancement of mutual understanding and collaboration.
Costume Colloquium’s great success is the direct result of the synergy between all those involved in its planning and execution: the promoters and organizing secretariat, the supporting institutions, hosting museums and foundations, the honorary and advisory committee members. Of course, the contributions of each speaker and the  presence of every participant are invaluable.
As a direct result, Costume Colloquium has now become an established bi-annual event.
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Il successo è dato dalla qualità e non è un semplice fattore numerico; questo è lo standard di eccellenza secondo cui Costume Colloquium II: Abito per il Ballo sarà valutato e ricordato nel  tempo.
Costume Colloquium II: Abito per il Ballo ha incontrato tutte le aspettative degli organizzatori e dei partecipanti, com’era già la prima edizione.
I partecipanti, provenienti da 22 paesi del mondo, si sono riuniti a Firenze per condividere le loro conoscenze ed esperienze in un contesto aperto e a loro congeniale. Attraverso una viva discussione, una serie di visite formative e di eventi straordinari il Colloquium si è confermato come un evento internazionale, interdisciplinare e interculturale. Professionisti, appassionati, studenti e insegnanti, con interessi che includono la storia del costume e della danza, la creazione del costume, le ricerche d’archivio, la conservazione del costume, la danza e il ballo stessi, hanno beneficiato non solo dell’opportunità di scambiare fra di loro una grande quantità di informazioni, ma anche della possibilità di creare un network internazionale di colleghi e amici, componente essenziale per una mutua comprensione e una concreta collaborazione.
Il grande successo ottenuto dal Costume Colloquium è il diretto risultato della sinergia tra tutti coloro che sono coinvolti nella sua progettazione ed esecuzione: i promotori e la segreteria organizzativa, le istituzioni che hanno collaborato, i musei e le fondazioni che ci hanno ospitato, tutti i membri del Comitato Onorario e del Comitato Scientifico. Certamente sono considerati come un valore aggiunto ed inestimabile tutti contributi dei relatori e la presenza di ciascun partecipante.
Come diretta conseguenza, Costume Colloquium è ormai un appuntamento consolidato, con scadenza biennale.

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November 15, 2010

‘La Città degli Uffizi’ continua … a Castelfiorentino!

The Comune di Castelfiorentino, the Assessorato alla Cultura, and the BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli are organizing a new exhibition in the context of La Città degli Uffizi:

from April 30th to July 31st 2011 the exhibition Benozzo Gozzoli e Cosimo Rosselli nelle terre di Castelfiorentino. Pittura devozionale in Valdelsa will be held in Castelfiorentino at the museum BE – GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli .

The purpose is both to spread the popularity andthe visibility of the Benozzo Gozzoli Museum to a wide range of national and international visitors and to contribute to the valorization and understanding of the local artistic, architectural, and natural territory.

Therefore, local territory and heritage become  main players in welcoming unique masterpieces, and in connecting them to the famous and majestic tabernacles by Benozzo Gozzoli. The to be exhibited artworks come from important museums such as  the Galleria degli  Uffizi, the  Musei Vaticani, the Museo di San Marco a Firenze. Thus, the exhibition  meets the purposes  of the project “La Città degli Uffizi”, which has been conceived by tAntonio Natali Director of the Galleria degli Uffizi,  and which aims to promote minor museums by borrowing them important artpieces that have been hidden to the public for a long time because they were kept in the deposits of the Galleria degli Uffizi.

For further information about the exhibition in Castelfiorentino, please contact the BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli at this website.


Il Comune di Castelfiorentino, l’Assessorato alla Cultura e il BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli stanno organizzando una nuova mostra nell’ambito del progettoLa Città degli Uffizi:

Dal 30 Aprile – 31 luglio 2011 si terrà infatti la mostra Benozzo Gozzoli e Cosimo Rosselli nelle terre di Castelfiorentino. Pittura devozionale in Valdelsa presso il BE – GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli di Castelfiorentino.

L’intento è quello di creare le condizioni affinché il Museo Benozzo Gozzoli  possa da un lato giungere all’attenzione di un vasto pubblico, a livello nazionale e internazionale; dall’altro,  contribuire alla valorizzazione e conoscenza del patrimonio artistico, architettonico e naturale del territorio circostante.

Il territorio e il patrimonio culturale e naturale  diventano così protagonisti e si preparano ad accogliere importanti opere d’arte collegate storicamente e artisticamente ai maestosi tabernacoli affrescati da Benozzo Gozzoli. Le opere che verranno esposte provengono dalla  Galleria degli  Uffizi, dai Musei Vaticani, dal Museo di San Marco a Firenze e da altri importanti poli museali – in linea con il progetto “La Città degli Uffizi” che, ideato dal Direttore della Galleria degli Uffizi Antonio Natali, mira a promuovere  le realtà museali ‘minori’ attraverso il prestito di opere d’arte normalmente conservate nei depositi della Galleria degli Uffizi.

Per maggiori informazioni potete contattare BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli a questo indirizzo web.

October 15, 2010

‘La Città degli Uffizi’: new edition to be opened soon in Figline Valdarno

A new edition of  ‘La Città degli Uffizi’ is going to open soon in Figline Valdarno!

‘La Città degli Uffizi’ is a project including a series of art exhibitions scheduled to be in different towns within the Province of Florence, and showing to the public important art works usually stored in the Uffizi Gallery’s deposits. In this respect, the project aims to connect the florentine territory and the public to these important art pieces.

After the 2009 editions in Figline Valdarno and Bagno a Ripoli, and after the first 2010 edition in Pontassieve the project La Città degli Uffizi has headed again to Figline Valdarno with the opening of the exhibition Arte a Figline – Dal Maestro della Maddalena a Masaccio – to be held from October 16th, 2010 to January 16th, 2011.

The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation® and Life Beyond Tourism® are two of the proud promoters of the initiative.

For more information, visit

August 24, 2010

ICOMOS ISC Theory 2007 in Florence: proceedings available

The Life Beyond Tourism Forum is happy to announce that the  2007 proceedings of the International ConferenceValues and Criteria in Heritage Preservation held with the co-operation of ICOMOS and ICCROM in Florence, March 1.4 2007.

Below, we quote the foreword to the International Conference by Mounir Bouchenaki -Director General ICCROM, Andrzej Tomaszewski – President ICOMOS Theory Committee, and Paolo Del Bianco – President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco.
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The spontaneous and multi-aspectual development over the past few years of an international discussion of the philosophical and theoretical bases of the protection of cultural property gave rise to the declaration of the XII General Assembly of ICOMOS in Xi’an 2005 which called into being the International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (henceforth ‘ICOMOS Theory Committee’). The main tasks of the Committee were then defined in its statue as follows:

The aim of the Committee – consistent with the aims of ICOMOS international cooperation – is to explore the basis and framework of conservation, restoration and preservation theory and practice in the globalized world. With these developments in mind the Committee would like to reach the ambitious goal of analyzing recent problems and suggest appropriate proposals, perhaps even answers.

The activities of the Committee in the field of conservation and restoration can include:
•  examining the existing corpus of documents and scientific studies,
•  identifying needs and uncovered areas of interest,
•  developing ideas and visions for the future,
•  cooperating with other ICOMOS committees and scientific units of other institutions (such as UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOM) in order to establish an integrated theoretical basis of preservation of cultural heritage.

The first conference organised jointly between the Committee and the international Centre of Culture took place in Cracow in May 2006. The central issue was “Towards a global philosophy of heritage conservation”.

The second conference organized in Florence between the 1 st and 4 th of March 2007 together with the ICOMOS Theory Committee, International Centre of Study for the Conservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM and the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco , Florence focused on the Values and criteria in heritage conservation.

This topic received much attention in both theory and practice. The rich variety of values (e.g. from aesthetic and artistic values to utilitarian, material and technical values) of cultural property are perceived and classified differently depending on the cultural zone (factors which have influence on this include cultural traditions and religious beliefs), and udergoing change with time.

Thus the dominated-value perspectives have to consider many factors which together lead finally to the decision of whether or not to list monuments and sights.

Our conference set a beginning to discuss these problems from varied points of views and hopes to encourage an exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Now, thanks to the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco , we are pleased to present to the international circe of conservators this book which collects all the acts of the conference.

August 2, 2010

ICOMOS ISC Theory 2008 in Vienna: proceedings are online

The Life Beyond Tourism Forum is happy to announce that the  2008 proceedings of the International Conference of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for the Theory and the Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (23-27 April 2008, Vienna, Austria) are now available!

The publication has been edited by Michael S. Falser, Wilfried Lipp, and Andrzej Tomaszewski – in collaboration with the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Florence, Italy in the context of the ethos Life Beyond Tourism under the honorary patronage of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

The publication of this volume has been made possible by generous funding of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
in the context of the Cluster Of Excellence 270/1 “Asia And Europe In Aglobal Context” Of Heidelberg University.
Editorial Work: Michaels. Falser

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