CeRamICa Final Conference - Press Release
Many European cities and regions can boast of deep-rooted cultural traditions in the field of ceramics and small crafts. Preserving cultural values and cultural heritage has since long been a priority area for the European Union. However, besides preservation, cultural heritage is a major asset in economic terms for European regions: it generates jobs, household income and stimulates local economic development. Towns of ceramic and small crafts traditions, endowed with a rich artistic heritage, are nevertheless facing severe problems: globalisation and ageing population of craftsmen, both leading to a continuous decline of the sector. Traditional ceramics is struggling to survive and more and more small workshops and art galleries are closing by the year.
CeRamICa is a European cooperation project supported by the European Union through the INTERREG IVC Programme. It is the result of a long cooperation of the municipality of Hódmezővásárhely, Lead Partner from Hungary with six other European cities and five non-city partners with whom they share a common cultural heritage, face the same difficulties and have the same eagerness to preserve and promote the ceramic and small crafts sector in Europe. Partners have recognised that the specificity of this cultural and economic sector requires appropriate public support to be translated into local and regional public policies and development plans. As such policies or plans have either been ineffective or non-existent, partners have decided to join forces and share their experiences and existing good practices to jointly develop recommendations for local and regional development policies.
The exchanges and transfers of good practices have provided a unique opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences, acquire new methodologies, processes or techniques that have contributed to taking the first steps in identifying effective marketing and training tools, opening up new markets for enterprises and craftspeople, creating new jobs and enterprises or developing new products.
The Final Conference of CeRamICa project was a major dissemination event with wide participation, accompanied by a press conference participating decision makers of each partner organization. The aim of the conference was to summarize the three years of CeRamICa and make the wider public get to know its results and lessons learnt together, most importantly the joint Policy Recommendations drawn by the project. Presenters of the conference were decision makers and representatives of the partners, as well as European and Hungarian politicians, professionals and representatives of similar European projects and the subsidizing INTERREG IVC Programme.
The Final Conference took part in the Town Hall of Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary on September 15, 2011. For more information on CeRamICa project and the Final Conference, please visit www.ceramicaproject.eu
The project is cofinanced by the European Union and the Republic of Hungary within the INTERREG IVC Program.
Project Manager: Anikó VARGA
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