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Meet the Lecturers – HERITAGE LAB 2019 “REFINDING THE HERITAGE OF LETNICA”

“Heritage Lab” will offer young students a space for education as a result of a program that combines theory and practice.

For 12 days, students will be able to build their knowledge in cultural heritage field by drafting the conservation and development study of Letnicë/Letnica village as well as restoring the Mill of Frok Dokic. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural heritage integrated conservation and preservation throughout lectures conducted by international and national renowned professors and experts as well as practical work coordinated by experienced craftsmen.

Meet the Lecturers of the Workshop

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RAND EPPICH – CONSERVATION ARCHITECT        

Rand believes that the protection of our natural and built historic environment is essential because it has a profound impact on the quality of our lives and shapes our identities. He has spent the last 30 years working toward its protection in more than 20 countries on projects ranging from conservation and the creation of architectural drawings and specifications to management in rural and economic development. His latest assignments have been in Georgia with Blue Shield on the Getty Foundation´s Keeping it Modern initiative, in Suriname for management planning, and in Cyprus for the UNDP as Team Leader on the conservation of Famagusta´s fortifications: For Tecnalia Foundation he directed the EU HISTCAPE project for identifying good practice for rural landscape conservation and development. He holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture (focus on historic preservation), a Master´s in Architecture + Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles, a MBA from UCLA, and is currently completing his PhD on social economic development utilizing cultural heritage. Rand spent 13 years at the Getty Conservation Institute as Senior Project Manager and has lectured at the British Museum, KU Leuven, Penn, UCLA, METU and most recently at the University of Navarra. He is an executive board member of CIPA ICOMOS and Europa Nostra.

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FLORINA JERLIU – PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY “HASAN PRISHTINA”

Florina Jerliu is a professor in the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”. She teaches Art and Architectural history, theory and built heritage in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Aesthetics and Public art in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She isthe co-founder and chair of the foundation for architecture and urbanism Archis Interventions Prishtina (part of the Archis Network together with Archis Interventions Amsterdam and Archis Interventions Berlin).
Jerliu is the author of the text of the National Strategy for Cultural Heritage of Kosovo 2017-2027; author/designer of the first national archaeological park in Kosovo: Archaeological Park Ulpiana; author of books: Preservation of Built Heritage (2016) and Cultural Heritage of Kosovo: Concepts and Contexts of Protection(2017); and of a number of scientific papers. She is also a laureate for the Annual Prize for Scientific Contribution in the field of Cultural Heritage “Zef Mirdita” (2018) awarded by MYSC.

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SALI SHOSHI – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT CULTURAL HERITAGE WITHOUT BORDERS (CHwB Kosovo)

Sali Shoshi is an architect and environmentalist from Kosovo. He has been involved in the conservation of cultural heritage of Kosovo for 17 years as a member of the Kosovan Foundation “Cultural Heritage without Borders” – CHwB Kosova. Shoshi is involved in many initiatives and projects for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in post-conflict and transition contexts.

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NORA ARAPI – ARCHITECT 

Nora Arapi is an architect specialized in the field of conservation of monuments and sites. During her career she was engaged in several integrated conservation, design of conservation and management of conservation projects, as well as management plans for heritage sites. She has been working in cultural heritage field since 2009, where she started her career at the Swedish foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), later to continue at the Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, respectively Regional Centre for Cultural Heritage in Prizren. The passion for preservation of built heritage and the ambition to use this heritage as potential for sustainable urban development are two main components that motivate her work.

CALL FOR APPLICATION – HERITAGE LAB 2019 “REFINDING THE HERITAGE OF LETNICA”

We invite all interested students of the field of architecture, urban planning, cultural heritage and other related fields to apply for the “Heritage Lab” Workshop

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HERITAGE LAB is an educational project organized by CHwB Kosovo aiming to create new opportunities for students of different fields to learn about methods of documentation, preservation, revival and interpretation of cultural heritage through “hands on” practical work and complementary lectures. HERITAGE LAB is an activity developed “in situ”, so that the problems of a heritage site are surveyed directly and the solutions for its treatment, interpretation and management are given at the same time.

For 12 days, students will be able to build their knowledge in cultural heritage field by drafting the conservation and development study of Letnicë/Letnica village as well as restoring the Mill of Frok Dokic. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural heritage integrated conservation and preservation throughout lectures conducted by international and national renowned professors and experts as well as practical work coordinated by experienced craftsmen.

During the workshop, 10 students will be selected to complete their three-month internship at the Ministry of Culture or its subordinate institutions.

“Heritage Lab” will be held from 24 June – 5 July in Letnicë/Letnica, Viti.

 This workshop is financed by OSCE and implemented by CHwB Kosovo.

 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SITE

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Letnica is a unique village with a 700-year history of existence. It was once inhabited by a majority of Croatian families. Together with the villages of Vernakolla and Shashare, until 1999 counted up to 880 Croatian houses.

During the rule of former Yugoslavian system, the village of Letnica was dominant in terms of tourism and one of the most frequented places for merchandisers of that time in the municipality of Viti. Letnica is especially famous for the Church “The Blessed Lady” which dates back to 1866. This church along with the village, holds a story of its own regarding Mother Teresa, who is said to have found her calling to serve God when she was 17 years old and visited there with her family in 1928.

Since then, every year on the 14th and 15 of August, the village hosts many Christian Catholics from all over the world and pilgrims set their tents near the church under lit candles across the village. Along with the church, Letnica is also known for its beautiful landscapes and other heritage sites and buildings such as Kulla of Ivan, Kulla of Josip, the house of Nikolle Mita and the Mill of Frok Dokiq.

Volunteers needed  

Are you a former participant? You can still attend other Heritage Lab Workshops

Considering the variety of themes that we are offering, we would like to give former participants the chance to attend a workshop with a new theme. (For example, if you attended the conservation workshop, you can submit your application for the interpretation of heritage sites workshop.)

A note for past Workshop Participants: How would you like to experience the Workshops again from the perspective of an organizer?

What are the duties of a Workshop Volunteer?

Volunteers will receive instructions related to their responsibilities during the workshop. They may be asked to assist with the following areas:

  • Organizational tasks (responsibility over the registration, lecture room, tools)
  • Responsibility over the working sites (assisting the craftsmen, documenting the site activities, implementing safety measures, making sure everyone is working towards the final result)
  • Communication (being the bridge between organizers and participants, translations, facilitating discussions, communicating with local community and media)

How to apply?

If you are a first time participant download this APPLICATION FORM

If you are applying as a volunteer download the following  APPLICATION FORM

 

Applicants are required to have good communication skills in English, since this will be the official language of the workshop.

Please complete this form and submit it no later than June 17th, 2019, via email: gro.b1561517035whc@o1561517035vosok1561517035. When submitting the application via email, please write in the subject line “Application for Heritage Lab 2019 Refinding the heritage of Letnicë/Letnica” (Name Surname)”.

For any additional information needed regarding the workshop, please contact us at Phone, +383 49 54 54 55, +381 (0)38 754 866, email: gro.b1561517035whc@o1561517035vosok1561517035

Expenses

CHwB Kosovo will cover all in-country costs for participants and volunteers, including accommodation, meal allowances, excursions, workshop materials and travel within the country.

 

Meet the Lecturers – HERITAGE LAB 2019 “DISCOVERING AND PRESENTING THE ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOR, PRIZREN”

For 12 days, throughout lectures conducted by international and national renowned professors and experts as well as practical work coordinated by experienced craftsmen, students will be part of the preservation of cultural heritage by implementing the methods and techniques learned throughout the workshop.

Meet the Lecturers of the Workshop

Valya Stergioti

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Valya Stergioti was born in Athens, in 1972. After completing her studies in the Economic University of Athens (BA in Economics), she worked for 3 years for WWF Greece, at the Dadia National Park project. She completed her MSc in Environmental Decision Making at the Open University, focusing on heritage interpretation.

She has been working on non-formal education for kids for more than 20 years and has organized and implemented educational projects on a wide variety of subjects, for different institutions. Furthermore, she has published a book for children and has written several articles for teachers and for kids about education and the environment.

On December 2013 she got certified as Interpretive Planner by the National Association for Interpretation, whilst on October 2017 she became a Certified Interpretive Writer by Interpret Europe. She evaluated the efficiency of the Visitors Centres in two different National Parks, in Greece (2004) and made another research to evaluate and propose ways to improve the visitors’ experience in Evros Delta National Park, for WWF Greece (2008).

She has expanded upon this occupation since 1999 to include adult training in heritage interpretation, with long-term collaborations (Interpret Europe – the European Association for Heritage Interpretation, the Heritage Management Organisation, the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos – MedINA, the Mayopolski Instytut Kultury, the Mediterranean Centre for the Environment, Alexandroupolis Secondary School for Adults, the Greek Guide Association,) workshops, and active participation at conferences in Greece and abroad.

In the last 5 years, as Certified Interpretive Trainer of Interpret Europe, she focused on heritage interpretive training in Greece and other countries in Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Albania, Croatia). Participants of these trainings are professionals dealing with interpreting natural and cultural heritage through formal or non-formal education. Furthermore, as Training Coordinator of that same organisation, she is responsible for a team of 22 certified trainers from all over Europe, aiming to develop, organise and promote IE’s interpretive training programme throughout our continent. This programme consists of courses on Interpretive Planning, Writing, Guiding, Hosting, Training and Live Interpretation.

In 2012 she founded Alli Meria (meaning Other Side), a team of Greek professionals aiming in promoting heritage interpretation in Greece and the Balkans.

Maja Grgurić 

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Maja Grgurić finished her studies in archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. During her studies she was especially interested in zooarchaeology so she took a course in Domestic animals anthropology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb. She did her further specialization at the Institute for Quaternary paleontology and geology of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. Also, during her studies, she worked on numerous archaeological excavation sites, in Croatia and abroad. International excavation projects include archaeological research in Caune de l’ Arago site in France (Centre Europeen de Recherches Prehistoriques, Tautavel) and archaeological field and lab work on the site Cueva del Miron in Spain (Universidad de Cantabria and University of New Mexico, Ramales de la Victoria). She worked as a freelance archaeologist until 2012. when she started working in Vektra d.o.o., a private company specialized in geodesy, geoinformatics and spatial data management. There she specialized in various surveying techniques, such as 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry, used in recording cultural heritage buildings, monuments and sites, as well as data processing methods. From 2015. she worked again as a freelance archaeologist specialized in documenting archaeological sites, until 2016. when she got a position at the Depatment of archaeology, University of Zadar as an archaeological documentarist, where she is employed today. In 2017. she participated in CIPA Heritage Summer School in Phafos, Cyprus where she got a photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning and data management certificate. The next year she helped to organize and coordinate the same summer school in Zadar, Croatia. Today she spends almost 6 months a year on various archaeological excavations projects working on data acquisition and data processing.

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ANTE UGLEŠIĆ, is a Professor, Dr. h.c., and he teaches several courses on mediaeval archaeology at the University of Zadar. He studied Archaeology and History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar and he completed postgraduate studies “Cultural history of the Eastern Adriatic Coast” with the Zagreb’s Interuniversity Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, where he obtained his Master’s degree. During 1995 he attended a study period at the Rome Department of German Archaeological Institute. In 1997, he defended PhD dissertation entitled “The Presence of Eastern Goths in South-eastern Europe in the Context of Archaeological and Historical Sources”.

Since 2002 he has also taught at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Mostar. Within the CEEPUS programme, he acted as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana and was also engaged at the doctoral study of the Faculty of Humanities of the Univesity of Primorska. He is a visiting professor at the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Biomedicine and Health at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University’s Faculty of Medicine in Osijek, as well as at the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Croatian Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. As a mentor, he participates in the work of the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Archaeology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb. He also taught at the Higher School of Theology in Zadar. He is engaged on the university study of forensics on University Department for Forensic Sciences of the University of Split. He is one of the founders of the DAAAM International Doctoral School.

He was a Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar in three mandates.  He actively participated in the re-founding of the University of Zadar, and from February 2003 to September 2007 he acted as Vice Rector of the University. From October 2007 to September 2015 he has acted as Rector of the University of Zadar. Currently, he is the Head of the Department of Archaeology of the University of Zadar. Also, he is the Head of the Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Mostar (BiH).

In 2017, he has been elected as Executive Vice President of DAAAM International Vienna.

He was awarded with several international and Croatian awards, the most important of which is Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (Great Gold Medal). He is also awarded with Charter and medal for the growth and development of the University of Mostar, Annual award of County of Zadar for scientific work, „Stjepan Bulić“ Charter for scientific work about establishing historical facts in the field of olive cultivation, etc.

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Zana Rama is an archeologist at the Archeological Institute of Kosovo. She graduated from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, major in Archaeology and History of Art. After obtaining a master degree in Archaeology in 2013 from the National University of Galway in Ireland, she served as an Officer for Integrated Management of Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Culture in Kosovo for 3 years. Currently, she is the head archeologist at the archeological site of Marec. For more than 10 years she has been a key contributor in advancement of cultural heritage. She also served as a consultant for cultural heritage for local and international organizations.

Meet the Mentors of the fourth edition of Heritage Space

Four mentors will offer mentoring, consultation and their expertise during the implementation of projects in the fourth edition of Heritage Space.

Storytelling & Interpretation

Veton Nurkollari – DOKUFEST Artistic Director

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Erëmirë Krasniqi – Executive Director at Oral History Kosovo

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Arts & Crafts

Sali Shohi – Executive Director at CHwB Kosovo

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Digital Heritage

Leart Zogiani – Founder of Skins Agency

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Find out more about the creative fields that each of them will cover: HERITAGE SPACE IV CREATIVE FIELDS 

CALL FOR APPLICATION- HERITAGE LAB 2019 “DISCOVERING AND PRESENTING THE ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOR, PRIZREN”

We invite all the interested students of the field of archeology, architecture, cultural heritage, history, anthropology and other relevant fields to apply for the “Heritage Lab” Workshop

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HERITAGE LAB is an educational project organized by CHwB Kosovo aiming to create new opportunities for students of different fields to learn about methods of documentation, preservation, revival and interpretation of cultural heritage through “hands on” practical work and complementary lectures. HERITAGE LAB is an activity developed “in situ”, so that the problems of a heritage site are surveyed directly and the solutions for its treatment, interpretation and management are given at the same time.

For 12 days, students will be able to learn about the various methods of archaeological excavations, contemporary tools for the documentation of the findings, conservation of archaeological structures and interpretation of the site for the audiences. Throughout lectures conducted by international and national renowned professors and experts as well as practical work coordinated by experienced craftsmen, they will be part of the preservation of cultural heritage by implementing the methods and techniques learned throughout the workshop.

This is a third, in a series of five, workshop that is part of the project “Dialogue between communities through the comprehensive preservation of cultural heritage” implemented by UNDP and funded by the European Union Instrument for Stability and Peace (IcSP).

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SITE

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In the center of the city of Prizren, stands the magnificent Cathedral “Our Lady of Perpetual Succor”, one of the oldest religious buildings in Kosovo. The cathedral was built between 1865-1870 with permission and funding from Austria-Hungary. The interior of the Church holds the greatest significance of the building, by specifically emphasizing historical, architectural and spiritual values. In the center of the cathedral is a painting whose author still remains unknown, but is thought to be a gift from Rome.

Other valuables pieces in this church are two paintings by two personalities from the ancient Balkans, such as the painting of Gjergj Kastriot-Skenderbeg, the Albanian nobleman and military commander and Janoss Hunyadi -Governor and the commander-in-chief of Hungary, which are works of the Austrian painter Sincowiss.

The area around the cathedral has traces of archaeological remains. According to some data, the cathedral is believed to be built on the ruins of a smaller church, in need for a larger church, but according to some other assumptions, the cathedral was built on an execution square for the death sentenced.

Volunteers needed

Are you a former participant? You can still attend other Heritage Lab Workshops

Considering the variety of themes that we are offering, we would like to give former participants the chance to attend a workshop with a new theme. (For example, if you attended the conservation workshop, you can submit your application for the interpretation of heritage sites workshop.)

A note for past Workshop Participants: How would you like to experience the Workshops again from the perspective of an organizer?

What are the duties of a Workshop Volunteer?

Volunteers will receive instructions related to their responsibilities during the workshop. They may be asked to assist with the following areas:

  • Organizational tasks (responsibility over the registration, lecture room, tools)
  • Responsibility over the working sites (assisting the craftsmen, documenting the site activities, implementing safety measures, making sure everyone is working towards the final result)
  • Communication (being the bridge between organizers and participants, translations, facilitating discussions, communicating with local community and media)

How to apply?

If you are a first time participant download this APPLICATION FORM

If you are applying as a volunteer download the following  APPLICATION FORM

Applicants are required to have good communication skills in English, since this will be the official language of the workshop. 

Please complete this form and submit it no later than JUNE 3rd 2019, via email: gro.b1561517035whc@o1561517035vosok1561517035 When submitting the application via email, please write in the subject line “Application for Heritage Lab 2019 Name of the Camp” (Name Surname)”.

For any additional information needed regarding the workshop, please contact us at Phone, +383 49 54 54 55, +381 (0)38 754 866, email: gro.b1561517035whc@o1561517035vosok1561517035

Expenses
CHwB Kosovo will cover all in-country costs for participants and volunteers, including accommodation, meal allowances, excursions, workshop materials and travel within the country.

CALL FOR PROJECTS – HERITAGE SPACE IV

The 4th edition of Heritage Space invites all interested parties to apply with their creative ideas which will preserve, promote and revive cultural heritage through creative industry.

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Heritage Space perceives cultural heritage as alive, dynamic and able to influence and be influenced. As a platform, it offers space for creative people to use cultural heritage as a source of inspiration to develop new products using various cultural mediums and disciplines.

Heritage Space will enable cultural heritage to connect with people and become part of their contemporary life as well as remain as an irreplaceable resource for cultural, social and economic development in Kosovo.

This year’s edition tends to showcase projects that use heritage as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for a more open and inclusive society while promoting our collective identity.

Heritage Space project is implemented by CHwB Kosovo. The project activity is jointly funded by the UNDP-implemented, European Union-financed’ Inter-Community Dialogue through inclusive Cultural Heritage Preservation’ project and the Swedish Government.

This year’s edition will support ideas which intertwine cultural heritage with:

  • Storytelling & Interpretation
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Digital Heritage

For more information about the supported creative fields of the fourth edition of Heritage Space read: Application creative fields!

For more information about on how to apply read the Application Guideline and complete the Application Form!

The application form, together with other required documents can be submitted no later than May 31 2019 (time23:59) via email: moc.l1561517035iamg@1561517035ovoso1561517035k.bwh1561517035c1561517035

For any additional information regarding Heritage Space IV, please contact us at moc.l1561517035iamg@1561517035ovoso1561517035k.bwh1561517035c1561517035 or phone number: +38344665472 / +381 (0)38 754 866

What is Heritage Space?

During the three years of the project, the platform of Heritage Space has supported 21 creative individuals from various fields as they used their spark to shine a new light to creations from the past. Works were created using the mediums of fashion, technology, music, storytelling, video, craft, adaptive reuse etc., allowing cultural heritage to be viewed through a new and contemporary approach. It enables members and artists of different creative fields to use cultural heritage as a source of inspiration and to create new works through which cultural heritage can transcend the limitations of time and can be reinvented, promoted and revived. Heritage space acknowledges that creative manifestations of the past, both in tangible and intangible forms, can be inexhaustible sources of inspiration for new creations while enabling a more open and inclusive society and serving as foundations for historical identity and social cohesiveness at the same time. It creates new connections between creators, society, and heritage, and elevates cultural heritage to the status of an irreplaceable well for economic, social and cultural development in Kosovo.

 

 

 

APPLICATION CREATIVE FIELDS – HERITAGE SPACE IV

Storytelling & Interpretation

Storytelling is a methodology to research collective memory, histories preserved and narrated as stories, local knowledge, folk heritage, fairytales, mythology, legends, etc., which, through a combination of different techniques, reveals stories that eventually intend to entertain, educate, preserve and enrich the collective culture. On the other hand, through the many opportunities offered by this methodology, it creates the space for the human perspective as producer or witness of a collective past. Storytelling comprises various representation media such as film, documentaries, exhibitions, publications, movies, photos, photo-essay etc.

Interpretation as thought today, refers to the process of narrating the tangible heritage, in order for it to communicate and find its audience. Interpretation creates links between heritage and the visitor so that the latter creates cognitive and emotional connections to it. As such, interpretation reveals meanings and stories, hence giving “life” to an object, building or other manifestation of tangible heritage. Interpretation modalities may vary from guided walks, exhibition, signage, labels, artworks, brochures, audio-guides, audio-visual media etc.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts and artifacts are considered as a kind of cultural resource that besides functioning as cultural or historical narrative of a society, can take on a new function through a new communication and approach. These cultural resources can serve as a source of inspiration for the creation of new products that would combine the motifs inherited from historical artifacts as well as traditional crafting skills, with new forms of creation. As a result, in addition to the representation as new cultural products, this combination would enable the empowerment of the sector involving many craftsmen, tailors, designers, etc., and consequently generate economic development.

Heritage Space will support the work of creative individuals, designers and makers who innovate through the exploration of materials (motifs, shapes, textures) and crafting. Heritage Space will as well support research for the identification of signs, symbols and motifs that are a manifestation of Kosovo’s cultural heritage, which can be re-created unto new products such as souvenirs, wood and metal works, textiles or manipulated for ‘stamping’ glasses, cups, wardrobe, bags, various baskets etc.

Digital Heritage

The time we spend on digital devices is growing at an unprecedented rate. Meanwhile, we inhabit a geographical space with vast unexplored and undiscovered cultural heritage. Through this call for projects, we want to explore the opportunity of bridging these two gaps, to see how we can influence people into knowing and understanding more about the local cultural heritage. We are providing artists with the means to build and design experiences, products, and/or services that will bring cultural heritage to attention and build a value chain that benefits the country, the users, and the artist.

We will thus, not take into close consideration how advanced the use of digital media/technology in the projects are, but rather in the context of usability, access, overall experience, and end-product that it will provide for the targeted audience, while bringing the local cultural heritage at a new state of being and perception.

During our mentorship process, we will try to tackle the issue of user experience, and designing better links among:

  • The digital means and concept chosen for the project
  • Users ability to understand, view, and/or use the proposed outcome.
  • And how the cultural heritage values have been used

*The description of the creative fields was prepared with the contribution of mentors.

 

The lecturers of the “Heritage Lab” workshop – The adaptive reuse of Kino Bahçe / Prizren

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Aslıhan Demirtaş is the principal of Aslıhan Demirtaş Design and Research Studio and co-founder of KHORA, interdisciplinary design studios based in Istanbul and New York. Her practice purposefully crosses territories and boundaries of disciplines in the forms of building, landscape and installation projects, exhibitions, and art projects, as well as research and activism.

Demirtas was the lead designer for the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, and the Miho Chapel in Kyoto, Japan for I.M. Pei-Architect, among others. In 2009 she started her own practice in New York and established her Istanbul office in 2011 to oversee her projects in Turkey and Europe.

Aslihan Demirtas is full-time faculty at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Arts & Design, Istanbul. She has lectured at GSD, Harvard, MIT, The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Parsons and American University in Beirut among others.  She has authored a chapter in the book Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterraneanpublished by Harvard University Press and is currently working on her book Graft funded by the Graham Foundation.

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Nora Arapi Krasniqi – is an architect specialized in the field of conservation of monuments and sites. During her career she was engaged in several integrated conservation, design of conservation and management of conservation projects, as well as management plans for heritage sites. She has been working in cultural heritage field since 2009, where she started her career at the Swedish foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), later to continue at the Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, respectively Regional Centre for Cultural Heritage in Prizren. The passion for preservation of built heritage and the ambition to use this heritage as potential for sustainable urban development are two main components that motivate her work.

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Ares Shporta is a cultural worker based in Prizren. After studying cultural policy at the Istanbul Bilgi University, in 2015 he became the director of the Lumbardhi Foundation, which was founded to continue the Initiative for the Protection of Lumbardhi Cinema. His work in the field of sustaining an active community of contributors to the initiative, coordinating the institutional and spatial re-thinking of the cinema and running the programs in its formative phase. Previously he has been a film producer and translator, while also working in different capacities in festivals, cultural networks and various civic platforms in Kosovo and its surrounding region. Shporta currently serves as the Chairman of Network of Cultural Organisations in Prizren and as the President of Kooperativa – Regional Platform for Culture.

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Jeton Jagxhiu is a graphist, researcher and public relations professional from Prizren. Having completed his studies in the Zagreb Academy for Graphic Technology, he has worked in several graphic studios in Zagreb before he set up his own practice in design, marketing and printing services in Prizren. Jagxhiu was also involved in the development department of DokuFest, mainly in charge of campaigns, marketing and fundraising between 2004 and 2011. For the last 18 years he has written in various newspapers and magazines in Kosovo and after a long period of social activism he has become a political activist. In his personal capacity, Jagxhiu has conducted research across-disciplines about Prizren’s identity and history through its cuisine, river, maps, oral histories and various documents, some of which were shared with the public in the form of maps, brochures, short stories, lectures and a local food cookbook.

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Sali Shoshi is an architect and environmentalist from Kosovo. He has been involved in the conservation of cultural heritage of Kosovo for 17 years as a member of the Kosovan Foundation “Cultural Heritage without Borders” – CHwB Kosova. Shoshi is involved in many initiatives and projects for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in post-conflict and transition contexts.

April 18 – International day on Monuments and Sites

Education through visits in cultural heritage sites 

To mark the International day on Monuments and Sites, we organized a one-day study visit with 120 students of different age groups from the Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian, Turkish, Serbian and Albanian communities in Decani Monastery, Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren and Archeological Park Ulpiana.

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The aim of this visit was to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts required for its protection and conservation.

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The educational visit began in Decani Monastery where Father Petar disclosed details about the history of the construction of this monument, its social history and its functioning today.

From Deçan, we went to the beautiful city of Prizren, where we met with Nora Arapi – Architect from this city. Together with Nora, the students visited Sinan Pasha’s old mosque located in the heart of the city. Stunned by the history of this mosque, the students kept raising various questions about its functioning today. Some of them even challenged  the guise by asking critical questions that deal with the interaction of the modern world and  these monuments, such was the question of a 16-year-old from Partesh, “how did technology development affect the functioning of Mosques today”?

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The third and final location to visit  was the Ulpiana Archaeological Park where Zana Rama – Archaeologist from Kosovo awaited us. In addition to informing the students about the history of this park, she also spoke to them about the plans and investments that are expected to be made soon there.

4 (1)Education through visits to monuments and sites of cultural heritage to new generations is particularly important in introducing young people with multiple values of history and cultural heritage, which will consequently influence the awareness of the importance of preserving these monuments and passing these values to future generations.

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The involvement of students from different ethnicities and religions in such visits creates opportunities for getting acquainted with a diverse common culture which then develops a sense of common belonging and strengthens social cohesion.

Call for application in “Heritage Lab” workshop – The adaptive reuse of Kino Bahçe / Prizren

We invite all the interested students and young professionals to apply for the first “Heritage Lab” workshop of 2019

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As part of the adaptive reuse of the open-air cinema of Lumbardhi in Prizren, the “Heritage Lab” workshop is organized with the aim of enhancing the skillset of students of architecture, cultural heritage, ecology and urban planning who are passionate about the cultural and natural heritage of the country and at the same time are willing to learn how to preserve it through adaptive reuse methods.

“Heritage Lab” at the open-air cinema of Lumbardhi in Prizren will provide students with opportunities to listen to lectures by international and local experts in the field of adaptive reuse of historical buildings. In addition to lectures, students will do practical work through which they will learn the methods of restoring historical buildings for today’s needs. Applicants are required to have good communication skills in English, since this will be the official language of the workshop.

The practical work will be carried out at the open-air cinema, which will be eventually revitalized and serve as an urban garden and social and cultural space.

“Heritage Lab” will be held from 21 April – 2 May, at Kino Lumbardhi – Prizren.

This project is part of the project “Inter-community Dialogue through Inclusive Cultural Heritage Preservation” implemented by UNDP Kosovo, financed by the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), and organized by CHwB Kosova and LUMBARDHI.

HOW TO APPLY?

Download the Application Form!

Please complete this form in full by computer. The application form can be submitted no later than April 12th 2019, via email: gro.i1561517035hdrab1561517035mul@o1561517035fni1561517035. When submitting the application via email, please write in the subject line “Application for Heritage Lab 2019 Lumbardhi (Name Surname)”.

For any additional information needed regarding the workshop, please contact us at gro.i1561517035hdrab1561517035mul@o1561517035fni1561517035,  or phone number: +38344284142/ +38349545455

Other workshops for 2019 will be announced soon!