A fourteenth SEE Heritage Network Annual meeting and a Board meeting 2017
|June 14-16, 2017
|Annual SEE Heritage Network meeting, affirmation of the completed strategy, discussing an action plan for 2017 and 2018
What should be emphasized is that this meeting was organized within the conference Cultural Heritage Counts For South-East Europe. The initiative for the joint event came from Europa Nostra Serbia that was the main organizer of the conference, with Europa Nostra and SEE Heritage Network as partners.
The conference lasted from 15-17 June 2017 and was organized on three important occasions:
The event gathered international experts and stakeholders from SEE region and EU, lecturing and discussing various topics connected with above mentioned subjects.
Before the conference started, SEE heritage used the opportunity to gather its members on annual meeting for the year 2017.
It was decided to use an opportunity and have a short board meeting before the annual one.
Board members that were present on the meeting were:
Valentina Vujinic (via Skype)
Milica Tanasijevic (secretary)
Topics that were talked about were following:
- When member organizations apply to put SEEHN as a partner
- Connecting SEEHN meetings to other events and conferences that member organizations are organizing
- Basis of experts
- Invisible cities and routes
- Living Heritage Program which was already implemented by Manja Ivanova (could be also supported by the Open Society Foundation)
- EN has put focus on SEE region and will cooperation with the Best in Heritage and would have grants for coming to TBH
- EYCH 2018 – partnership with EN in applying for the EU grants for this year and promoting European stories in the SEE
- Contacts with some other foundations for institutional funding
Build partnership with BMN, ICOM SEE and ECoCs in the region to jointly organize capacity building and conferences where SEEHN members meet
IPA funding in the region
Valentina interested to write projects for IPA
There is a project for consolidation of regional networks thatSEE Heritage can do with BMN, ENS, CHwB and SEEHN – we already have a concept note submitted 2 years ago that we can update
The update of the website by Biljana according to our suggestions for the new structure
Most of the members arrived in Belgrade on 14th of June while SEE Heritage Board meeting was taking place.
The annual meeting began on Thursday morning, June 15th, when participants gathered at Cultural Centre Dom Omladine Belgrade where a meeting was opened officially.
The first part of the meeting focused one more time on a brief analysis of the strategy prepared by Visnja Kisic. Before the meeting, this document had been sent to all member organizations so participants had time to get familiar with it. Nevertheless, the strategy was examined at the meeting anew and was opened for suggestions. After a discussion, the strategy was put to a vote, and was accepted unanimously (15/15).
The second part of the meeting begun with the introduction of the Board meeting conclusions and thoughts that were suggested at the meeting, followed by the discussion and brain storming of what is to be done in the next phase of network’s stage. Apart from the mutual agreement that a digital base of best practices of member organizations is going to be collected and uploaded on the web-page, a decision to apply for ‘Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisation’ along with six other associations emerged.
Another idea that was agreed to was to take the final statute to different Institutes of Cultural Protections and seek for cooperation in diverse countries and regions → It is necessary to state why civil society needs support on Western Balkans. As well as to stress that professionalism in the work of CSO sector needs to be recognized by government in region, and to examine the amount of work that has been done by NGOs in the sector of cultural heritage.
Moreover to use all opportunities that Europa Nostra can provide in contacts, support, networking, and assistance with finding new projects that SEE could be a part of, along with its member organizations.
In addition to this, a few other proposals how to attract new donors came into sight, since the network is left without funds after the end of June 2017.
A determination to use all possibilities to make a network more visible for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 remained strong (there were several practical ideas how to do that). Besides, to use European Capitals of Culture for 2019, 2020 and 2021 for visibility and promotion since those towns are going to be in the SEE region.After the united agreement that the spirit of the network remains the same as well as the determination to maintain the network, the official part of the annual meeting was concluded, but the participants stayed together for three more days at the conference Cultural Heritage Counts For South-East Europe.
Finalization of the Strategy document, action plans for the next 6-12 months
SEE Heritage Network
GJIROKASTRA FOUNDATION, Albania
ADCT – Association for Development of Cultural Tourism, Albania
CHwB Albania– Cultural Heritage without Borders, Albania
CHwB Bosnia and Herzegovina – Cultural Heritage without Borders, Bosnia and Herzegovina
PRO TORPEDO, Croatia
4 GRADA DRAGODID, Croatia
EUROPA NOSTRA SERBIA, Serbia
Marijana Davidovic, Macedonia
Mehdi Belasri, FranceOSMJEH ZENE, Bosnia and Herzegovina (via Skype)
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