“Baroque Heritage”: the new 20 years of programming for greater enjoyment of cultural heritage and to deseasonalize UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On May 5, 6 and 7, 2023 three days of study with international experts and lecturers, as well as public events, guided tours and extraordinary openings in the five municipalities of the unique destinationEnjoy Barocco.”

On the occasion of the International Day of UNESCO Monuments and Sites, which is celebrated today-April 18, 2023 –https://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2530, the unique tourist destinationEnjoy Barocco” announces the official dates of the event“Barocco Heritage – words, forms, perspectives” promoted in collaboration with three Italian universities and the Unesco Club. These are three international study days, which will be held on the May 5, 6, and 7, 2023 in Ragusa, Modica, and Scicli, to explore the topic of the new 20 years of cultural and tourism programming, after celebrating the first two decades of Unesco recognition for these cities World Heritage Site. The three days will be flanked by initiatives, guided tours, special openings and public enjoyment events that will also take place simultaneously at Ispica and Santa Croce Camerina, the other two municipalities in the tourist destination enclosed by the GAL Terra Barocca.

Aiming to deseasonalize tourism and increase the enjoyment of cultural heritage, a future steering committee is to be structured through the involvement of university professors, museum directors and local administrators through the coordination of the scientific committee. Twenty years of Unesco heritage impose on our territories a happily onerous anniversary on the need to reflect on how much and how much has been done so far and, above all, on how much more needs to be done for the protection and promotion of the heritage of the Hyblaean area.

There are three focuses on which the days are centered, with the involvement of professors from prestigious Italian universities, including the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the University of Catania, as well as professors from foreign universities.

The first day, which will take place in Ragusa, is dedicated to the multiplicity of narratives, representations and senses that have been layered on the Baroque heritage over the centuries.

The second focus, which will embrace Modica, will delve into the architectural conceptions and urban history of Baroque culture, with special attention to the building sites and machines of the ephemeral.

Finally, the third moment, which will be held in Scicli and which will see the conclusions entrusted to Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, will focus on current issues of cultural heritage enhancement, including relationships between heritage and community experience, economy and culture, public and private investment, diversification and coordination of tourism offerings.

The scientific committee consists of.
– Paola Barbera(University of Catania),
– Antonio Barone(University of Catania),
– Beatriz Blasco Esquivias(Universidad Complutense, Madrid),
– Valentina Burgassi(Politecnico di Torino – École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL),
– Santo Burgio(University of Catania),
– Claudio Castelletti(University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’),
– Sandra Condorelli(University of Catania),
– Sabine Frommel(École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL),
– Giovanni Gurrieri(GAL Terra Barocca board member),
– Marco Rosario Nobile(University of Palermo),
– Carmelo Occhipinti(University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata ),
– Edoardo Piccoli(Polytechnic University of Turin),
– Mauro Volpiano(Polytechnic University of Turin).

Organizational coordination is handled by Federico Assenza and Sandra Condorelli.

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