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The First Foro Accesible de Patrimonio Joven

Inauguration of the Forum, Madrid © Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte | Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

The First Foro Accesible de Patrimonio Joven encouraged young people to participate in heritage preservation.

The Foro Accesible de Patrimonio Joven (the Accessible Forum for Heritage and Young People) was held in Madrid, Spain on 18 September 2014. The goal of the Forum was to teach young people about accessibility and World Heritage preservation: all young people, with or without disabilities, can take part in the preservation and promotion of World Heritage. The 24 participants were aged between 13 and 17 years old, and half of them had sensorial, physical or psychological disabilities.

During the “What is Heritage?” workshop, the participants discussed cultural heritage concepts and together created their own definition of heritage. At the “Preventive Preservation” workshop, they identified tangible and intangible elements in heritage, and challenges in heritage preservation. They then proposed a campaign to inform people of the need to preserve heritage at the “Heritage Communication” session. During the “Mediterranean Diet” workshop, the participants learned concepts related to culture through gastronomy and food tasting. They also had the opportunity to enjoy a guided visit of the Museo del Traje collection.

The Program Patrimonio Joven is a project of the General Direction of Fine Arts, Cultural Goods, Archives and Libraries of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, which seeks to create equal opportunities for young with disabilities by integrating them into heritage activities, with the collaboration of the Plataforma Estatal de Personas con Discapacidad Física (PREDIF).

Date Start: Thursday, 18 September 2014