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July 22, 2010

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance

Interested in costumes, textiles, and fashion? Then you can’t miss Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance!!!

A four day conference/event dedicated to the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural themes associated with all aspects of the history of fashion, dress and dance.

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance (, promoted by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation in the context of Life Beyond Tourism and together with the Associazione Amici della Galleria del Costume, will explore the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural themes associated with all aspects of the history of fashion and dress for dance. A wide of variety of presentations will provide participants with in depth knowledge and new information about unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experiments related to the themes of the conference. Parallel to the academic sessions there will be several exclusive events and venues which will give the participants an opportunity to visit never before seen treasures and to network and socialize. The conference is oriented towards, but not exclusively for, costume and dance historians, costume designers, costume makes, museum curators, archivists, textile and costume conservators, dancers and dance re-enactors, fashion and textile houses, fashion designers, antiquarians, theatre, cinema and television costumers, stage designers, choreographers, students of these disciplines and all those fascinated by the history of fashion and dance.

What: Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance
When: November 4-7, 2010
Where: Florence, Italy – Auditorium al Duomo Conference Center – Via de’ Cerretani 54r, 50123

Contact Information

Promo Florence Events
Via Del Giglio 10
50123 Firenze – Italia
Tel. +39/055/285588 – fax +39/055/283260

June 16, 2010

Domes in the World – Call for Paper

International Congress, Florence, November 3-6, 2011

Conceived by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation in the context of  Life Beyond Tourism

Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2010

Congress’ Main Sessions

I. Cultural Identity given by Domes
•    Ancient and Contemporary
•    Landscapes and Skylines

II. The Symbolism of Domes

III. Dome Shapes and their Geometrical Genesis

IV. Construction and Conservation
•    Constitutive Elements: Shells (single or double), Ground Supports, Pendentives, Drums, Openings,  Coverings  and      Protections, Facings, Decoration
•    Building and Conservation Techniques: Materials, Bonds, Structural Systems, Wooden Domes etc.
•    Survey, Analysis and Documentation: Objectives, Instruments, Methods
•    Deterioration and Conservation: Theory, History and Practices of Dome Strengthening

V. Contemporary Domes and Vaults

For more details regarding DOMES IN THE WORLD CLICK HERE
Application Information CLICK HERE

May 20, 2010

Official Presentation of ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute

ITKI Official Presentation in Florence - May 12th, 2010

Promoted by UNESCO, it is recently born ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute.

The Institute will be dedicated to the study and the valorization of traditional knowledge, and traditional techniques: thus, their possible cultural and regional differences; as well as their possible application within contemporary engineering.

For instance, ITKI will collect ancient information and solutions related to the desertification, to water and energy suppies, and to flood’s issues.

The innovative Institute – which can and wants to contribute to the world’s green economy – was officially presented on May 12th, 2010 at the Centro Congressi al Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Centro Congressi al Duomo is  itself member of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue, a project aiming to promote intercultural dialogue through a better understanding of  local traditional knowledge and sites.

All ITKI’s Founder Members attended the press conference: Pietro Laureano, UNESCO Consultant and President of IPOGEA; Luciano Bartolini, City Manager of  Bagno a Ripoli, where the Institute’s headquarter will be established; Renzo Crescioli, Florence Town Councillor for the Environment;   Michael Carrington, Director of Nobrega Foundation; Paolo Del Bianco, President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and Promoter of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue; Mauro Perini, President of Water Right Foundation.

Moreover, UNESCO Vice-Director Francesco Bandarin took part in the official presentation through a Skype videocall, and said that traditional knowledge and techniques:

“sono un giacimento di possibilità che si vanno perdendo, con l’affermarsi della monocultura del cemento e anche con gli spostamenti di popolazioni. È successo in Italia negli anni ’50, sta succedendo in Cina dove ogni anno 10 milioni di abitanti lasciano i villaggi per concentrarsi nelle aree urbane”.

In conclusion, traditional knowledge is recognized as part of our intangible heritage, and – as Pietro Laureano stated – they become precious elements for the preservation of  the environment, for our future landscape, and for starting the third industrial revolution based on  green economy.

– Post by Alessandra Brignola –

April 21, 2010

Rivivi il successo di Life Beyond Tourism al Salone dell’Arte e del Restauro di Ferrara!


In occasione della XVII Edizione del Salone dell’Arte del Restauro e della Conservazione dei Beni Culturali e Architettonici di Ferrara

Nardini Editore
Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
Life Beyond Tourism

hanno presentato

La conservazione del Patrimonio e il suo valore per il dialogo interculturale attraverso il turismo: opportunità, collaborazioni e ricerca

unica iniziativa in fiera atta ad approfondire le relazioni e le sinergie esistenti tra la conservazione del patrimonio e  il turismo.
Clicca qui per rivivere gli interventi dei relatori!!


Paolo Del Bianco – Presidente della  Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco e ideatore di Life Beyond Tourism

Carlo Francini – Responsabile Ufficio Centro Storico Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO del Comune di Firenze, Associazione Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO

Con il contributo di
Maurizio Bossi – Direttore del Centro Romantico del Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux

Mary Westerman Bulgarella – Conservazione di abiti e tessuti e Responsabile del progetto Costume Colloquium

Giovanni Cocco – Direttore Generale ISNART

Carlotta Del Bianco  – Presidente ICOMOS Italia Sezione Giovani e Responsabile del progetto Degree&Profession

Maurizio Di Stefano – Presidente Comitato Nazionale Italiano ICOMOS

Guido Ferrari – Professore di ruolo di Statistica economica per il turismo all’Università di Firenze, Facoltà di Economia

Marc Laenen – già Direttore Generale ICCROM, Membro ICOMOS e ICOM

Sabrina Bisconti – Vice Direttore Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Con la partecipazione di:
Ennio Bazzoni – Direttore editoriale Nardini Editore

March 24, 2010

Heritage Preservation with Life Beyond Tourism

Within the agenda of the Salone dell’Arte del Restauro in Ferrara, Italy, the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco Life Beyond Tourism, and Nardini Editore will held the round table

Heritage Preservation and its significance as a tool to foster intercultural dialogue through tourism: opportunities, joined projects and research

Examples of practical conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage,  will be explored in order to provide  opportunities for the young generation. Heritage will be viewed as the basis of knowledge, thus of international mobility and cultural tourism.

Starting from the best practices of  Life Beyond Tourism (international directory, social networking and ‘Game’-Delegates of the University), international institutions, local and national authorities, universities, professionals and operators will explore and discuss on joined projects,  opportunities, collaborations, and new preservation approaches.

November 20, 2009

May 13, 2009

Former ICCROM Director writes about Life Beyond Tourism

Life Beyond Tourism
by Marc Laenen – Former ICCROM General Director


“Life beyond tourism” is a brilliant initiative responding to a crucial role for cultural heritage care and work in development: ”opening it up” for society after decades of conservation theory and practice. In UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS, ICOM, CIA and other international organizations conservation of cultural heritage has been strongly promoted and framed in development policies and strategies. Working methods and interdisciplinary partnerships have been investigated, tested, refined and disseminated in charters, recommendations and guidelines, in manuals and other publications and training programs.

The next question however is how cultural heritage can be embedded or integrated in social and spatial development, how cultural heritage can become raw material for development of cultural landscapes, urban and rural social and spatial fabric, how its experience by the local population and their visitors, the tourists, can be sustained and how its conservation can be ensured trough development. Life beyond tourism offers an important instrument for such objectives.

Towards integral and integrated value based heritage work: a basis for “opening up” cultural heritage in social development and planning. The theoretical references.

Cultural heritage has been used to underscore cultural identity of societies and to enhance their cultural specificity in a culturally and economically globalizing world. One of the motives behind  the promotion of cultural diversity is that mankind needs more than one mirror to recognize itself. Whereas in Romanticism such conservation has been idealized and “museifyed”, today conservation is being interpreted as a dynamic social process aiming at the creative and specific continuity of  heritage values of societies and their environment, a shared responsibility off all. Its conservation offers at the same time an environment of human scale responding to human and humane perceptions, conditions and expectations.
However cultural heritage conservation and the enhancement of cultural diversity needs framing in a more general development policy and should be proved as being instrumental for quality of life and well being of individuals and societies in their living environment as, among others, the UNDP programmes pointed out in the seventies of last century. These development policies are based on an interculturally accepted image of mankind and the recognition that not all existing cultural patterns and living cultural heritage correspond to this vision and still have a way to go, which is not adopted by all communities. Certainly not in an era in which a rather strict conservative interpretation of heritage care is considered as a right of heritage communities.

The interpretations of the notion heritage has changed over time: It developed from the elitist to the vernacular, from the remote past to recent past and from the tangible to the intangible. In fact local population makes no analytical, administrative nor intellectual distinction in their heritage experience. They experience their heritage as a holistic issue because the intrinsic relationship between all heritage expressions and their coherent anchoring in their immediate living environment. In fact cultural landscapes, townscapes and rural areas are context of heritage and heritage at the same time, object of development and subject to decisions. We inherit these cultural environments and have the responsibility to manage them with care for today and for those who come after us. Distinction between heritage sectors is only made in governmental administrative systems and in educational or tourist programmes. This leads to the option that heritage work should be managed in environmental context, that all heritage sectors should be considered together in regional or local development and that all relevant institutions and organizations (museums, institutes of immovable cultural heritage and those dealing with intangible heritage) are invited to work structurally together while opening up heritage for the local (heritage) communities ( = integral approach).

The essence and at the same the substance of cultural heritage are heritage values and their significance for heritage communities in society. Development and decisions are to be based on a general humanistic morale and commitment for the betterment of society and environment. Furthermore is the (creative) renovation and recalibrating of heritage values a key issue for the continuity of the genius loci, the specific character of the place and more generally for the enhancement of cultural diversity. It boils down to the reinterpretation of these values and to giving them a new relevant significance for us today and to their integration with other sectors in development: economy (tourism), cultural development, natural environment, education, well being, and above all planning. (= integrated approach).

Opening up cultural heritage for society and environment means its sustainable experience for the local population and for their visitors by linking it structurally with physical environment, economy, cultural development, social development, education etc. Integral and integrated approaches can be instrumental to reach these objectives.

Substantive tourism

Tourism has an important potential to convey substantive information about cultural heritage to target audiences (… click here to read more …)

February 26, 2009


Life Beyond Tourism, together with Vivahotels and

Auditorium al Duomo, is sponsoring


Changing Perception, Permanent Responsibilities

Project Leader: Prof. Andrzej Tomaszewski
President of the ICOMOS ISC Theory

Since the beginning of civilization, man’s main form of contact with works of architecture has consisted in visiting them physically(pilgrimages, journeys and recently tourism). Getting to know them indirectly from descriptions or visually was possible only through the media, changing and becoming more powerful with altering technology (printing techniques, graphic techniques, photography, film, television, recently computer technology).

The current rapid development of tourism and the media and their increasing accessibility have in recent years radically changed our perception of the cultural heritage.

These changes require a scientific description and analysis, leading to a diagnosis of the current situation and a prognosis of future developments.
What role should tourism have, and how can it be made into sustainable cultural tourism? What role and responsibility should the media take on? What benefits and threats do the development of tourism and the media bring with them? What kind of approach should the international movement for the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage adopt towards these phenomena?

Experts of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, all members of ICOMOS, member states of ICCROM, the network of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and anyone interested have the possibility of attending the conference.

Online the proceedings! – CLICK HERE!!

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