Cultural heritage

Can we make a difference? Museums, society and development in North and South

April 2009 -

Collection of essays about the relevance of former colonial museums for today's society.

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Tanzania's maritime heritage mapped

March 2009 -

For centuries, Tanzania's coast was East Africa's most powerful trade centre. Ruins on Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara are now silent witnesses of the coast's golden age. These sites are now endangered and have therefore been included on the Unesco List of World Heritage in Danger. The Netherlands Centre for International Hertiage Activities has been asked to assist in mapping and protecting the sites that are located underwater.

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Akram Zataari: "Collecting is an art form"

March 2009 -

Lebanese video artist, curator and photographer Akram Zaatari is also an 'archive artist', since he claims that collecting is an art form. The old photographs he showes differ significantly from the images we normally see from the Middle East. Recently he was a guest at The Human Body Special, as part of  the Café Mediterranée programme in Amsterdam.

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Unesco's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

March 2009 -

Updated, interactive digital atlas about the approximately 2500 endangered languages worldwide.

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Heritage activities in Galle are a hit with the population

February 2009 -

Over the last years the walled town of Galle in southwest Sri Lanka has worked continuously work on restoring the unique heritage. The special aspect about this project was the large involvement of the local population.

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Rescue mission for popular Haitian religion

January 2009 -

Western clichés have made vodou something to be feared, but in 2009 on Haiti, the still-controversial vodou culture has been nominated to receive its own museum.

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Tropenmuseum brings the world inside

December 2008 -

On invitation from the Tropenmuseum, an international audience flocked to the free symposium on the new organisation of the museum's permanent collections, December 11, 2008.

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Anthropological museum in Khulm to become tourist attraction

November 2008 -

Extensive effort is being devoted to the renovation of the museum in Kabul and the restoration of the Bagh-e Jehan Nama palace complex in Khulm, formerly known as Tashqurghan.

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Anthology of the best French-language poetry from the African isles

October 2008 -

Invitation to a voyage is a compilation of the best French-language poetry from the African isles in the Indian Ocean. Poet Nassuf Djailani hopes 'his' Mayotte wil get its place on the map in the literary sense. 

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Pablo Groux: 'We are the heirs of a unique cultural tradition'

October 2008 -

State Secretary of Culture of Bolivia Pablo Groux has definite ideas about the role of culture in society.

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