HERITAGE: BEYOND WALLS is a special project of the Fondazione Santagata, aimed at establishing an information channel, targeted on Syrian university students in cultural heritage related disciplines, to contribute to improve access to knowledge resources, break isolation, encourage sharing and discussion, and empower awareness and capacities towards cultural heritage as a resource for recovery, peace building and development.

 

 

THE CONTEXT

Syria is one of the countries holding some of the most extraordinary tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the world. It is home to 6 UNESCO world heritage sites, 3 elements inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, 1 Biosphere Reserve. Its capital, Damascus is the oldest inhabited capital in the world, being populated since 635 BC. Syrian cultural heritage holds an extraordinary potential for economic recovery and social empowerment, and it represents an important resource of development, especially for the younger generations.

Since almost 10 years, Syria is affected by conflicts and emergencies, and it risks to loose not only it physical and community cultural heritage, but also face restricted possibilities, for people and students in particular, to access to knowledge.

The limited accessibility to knowledge is going to negatively impacting not juts on the present, but also on the future of the country. It weakens the local human capital and its capacity and readiness to promptly and effectively act for the recovery, also by means of a wise use of the country’s cultural heritage potential. Syrian university students are severely affected by the consequent isolation and limitation to have access to knowledge opportunities.

 

THE PARTNERS

 

FIRST EDITION MAIN PARTNERS

Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”, Museo Egizio, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, RO.ME Museum Exhibition.

In collaboration with: Kermes Journal, SIAT, A&RT.

SECOND EDITION MAIN PARTNERS

Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”, Museo Egizio, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, RO.ME Museum Exhibition, ICCROM-Sharjah, Phoenician’s route-Cultural route of the Council of Europe, Centre for Emergency Response of the Prince Claus Fund, EBLA Fund.

In collaboration with: A&RT.