“Solidarity in culture: Heritage protection under conditions of crisis”: NSK 2021 international virtual conference on heritage protection
From 18 to 20 March 2021, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) will be hosting Solidarity in culture: Heritage protection under conditions of crisis, an international virtual conference bringing together around 130 heritage professionals from 21 countries and some 500 conference participants from 53 countries.
The Library’s main partner in the organisation of the conference is the European Commission, with other partners being the Croatian State Archives, Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, Croatian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Croatian group of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC Croatian Group), Radiation Chemistry and Dosimetry Laboratory of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Art and Restoration Department of the University of Dubrovnik and the Office of emergency management of the City of Zagreb. The organisation is being held under the auspices of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media.
The conference was opened by the Croatian Minister of Culture and Media Dr Nina Obuljen Koržinek. There followed brief addresses by the Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević, Chair of the conference Programme and Organising Committees and Head of the NSK Preservation and Storage Department Dr Dragica Krstić, and a member of the conference Programme Committee and Senior Archivist at the NSK Preservation and Storage Department Dr Tamara Štefanac.
The conference opening programme included a special performance of songs from Croatian rich musical heritage by Lidija Bajuk Quartet.
Apart from professionals from the conference partner institutions, the conference programme will also feature presentations and talks by speakers from distinguished Croatian institutions such as the Andrija Štampar Institute of Public Health, Croatian History Museum, Croatian Conservation Institute, Dubrovnik Libraries, University of Split, Croatian Ministry of the Interior, and others, as well as by the representatives of world-famous institutions such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Europa Nostra (the Netherlands, Belgium), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), University of São Paulo (Brazil), Library of Congress (US), along with world-renowned heritage professionals from France, Switzerland, UK, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, etc.
The National and University Library in Zagreb is organising this international conference against the background of the last year’s devastating earthquakes that hit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and Banija, a region in central Croatia, as well as in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and other global threats to world heritage indicating that there is an urgent need for developing a comprehensive heritage protection strategy, as well as for establishing a solidarity network of cultural institutions.
The opening of “Solidarity in culture: Heritage protection under conditions of crisis”, NSK 2021 international virtual conference. National and University Library in Zagreb, 18 March 2021.