Heritage interpretation –
for the future of Europe
20-24 May 2016
The sixth Interpret Europe Conference was held in Mechelen, close to Brussels where 178 participants from 26 countries experienced issues at the very heart of the European agenda, such as human rights, active citizenship, lifelong learning, sustainability or peace. They discussed how heritage interpretation can turn these subjects into rewarding learning experiences that help bridge Europe’s past and future.
In addition to 3 keynote speeches and 63 presentations and interactive workshops, there were 18 intensive study visits, including one pre-conference tour to Flanders Fields and one post-conference tour to Bruges. These allowed delegates to explore in-depth the culture of Flanders and gain lots of ideas about how to interpret their own heritage for both visitors and residents on their return home. There was also a lively market of ideas, as well as an exhibition fair with 20 presentations and discussions, a live auction and evening meals with entertainment to round off the programme.
The conference was organised by Herita, Flanders Heritage Association and supported by the Flemish Commission for UNESCO, the InHerit Lifelong Learning Project, the City of Mechelen, Tourism Flanders and the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen.
You can download some of the documents and presentations from the conference here:
Greetings EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
Opening address Willem Derde and Thorsten Ludwig
Keynote Peter Debrine (UNESCO)
Keynote Mike Robinson (University of Birmingham)
Keynote Ignace Schops (Europarc Federation)
Learning from our European heritage: a call from Mechelen
You can find newsletter articles about the conference here: