Tell the Story of Gjirokastra: Involving Students in Heritage Interpretation

_MG_4544The Young Generation Tells the Story of the City

Tell the Story of Gjirokastra (TSG) is a cultural heritage interpretation project designed to increase the level of awareness of Gjirokastra’s residents about the condition and intrinsic value of their cultural heritage and to encourage their participation in its preservation and conservation. The project aimed to address the worsening problem of the wide and rapid deterioration of Gjirokastra’s heritage through greater public awareness and active
participation in public dialogue.

The keystone of this project was a poster competition for high school students which would engage participants in the process of researching and interpreting their cultural heritage through the medium of art. Student submissions were well researched and supported by regular information sessions, meetings with cultural heritage experts, and key community members including teachers and owners of historic monuments.

Winning posters of the 23 high school students were announced and recognized by a panel of judges at a final award ceremony. They then traveled through exhibitions in different Gjirokastra schools, as well as in the city of Berat, which is another World Heritage city that faces many of the same problems as Gjirokastra.