European Conference of Self-government "Cultural Tourism and Self-government Organisations"

European Conference of Self-government "Cultural Tourism and Self-government Organisations"

European Conference of Self-government "Cultural Tourism and Self-government Organisations"

28th, 29th & 30th March 2008 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

The largest meeting of people of folklore culture in our country was held for the 2nd consecutive year at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on 28th, 29th and 30th March 2008.
The objective of the meeting was the collaboration of the Self-government organisations with the locally original expressers of the folklore culture, like cultural organisations, cultural associations and unions, folkloric museums and history museums as well as with physical persons like folklore craftsmen, researchers of tradition, writers and folklorists. This collaboration had as an ultimate target the highlighting of the original folklore spirit, the creation and the local tradition and identity.
Our country is perhaps the richest place in folkways and traditions in Europe. Traditions, which are lost through time regarding their origin but that, are still unaltered in modern times. Tradition is a part of the Greeks' life and a reference point wherever they might be in the world.
This richness, thus, was presented in the Conference for culture at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on 28th, 29th & 30th March 2008.

 

Aim of the Conference:
Greece is a country with an important cultural heritage that is called today to utilise the opportunity given to recourse its cultural development to the highest priority in the framework of the new United Europe. This will bring multiple changes: social, like protection of cultural identity, consciousness of cultural value and distinctiveness - political, like strengthening of the role and image of Greece which can compose and express culturally the wider European area, in the Balkan region as well as in the Eastern Mediterranean region - economical, as these are expressed as much with the connection culture-tourism as with the intervention in the labour market for the creation of new employment positions.
The distinctiveness of our country which has extraordinary natural beauty in combination with the existence of cultural tradition and monuments unique in the world, can offer economical and social development opportunities of monopolistic nature in Europe.
The cultural collaboration for the creation of the new United Europe, with the formation of a uniform European consciousness without at the same time to ignore the particular cultural tradition of each country, is a fundamental demand of these times.
The development of cultural tourism can form for our country a tool of multiple interventions aiming to:
- create cultural infrastructure as a necessary component of tourism development in the regions of the country,
- strengthen the development of the problematical and isolated areas,
- release the touristic motion from established touristic areas to new ones, from the coasts to the inland areas which have cultural elements,
- lengthen the touristic period and diminish the seasonality,
- attract tourists with cultural interests

EOSP, in its attempt to highlight the specific role of the Local Self-government in the formation of strategy and politics for the promotion of the cultural tourism on a local and regional level through the utilisation of the local cultural heritage, organised a conference at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on 28th, 29th and 30th March with subject: "Cultural Tourism and Self-government Organisations"

CONFERENCE SUBJECTS
A' MODULE: "International Tendencies and experiences from the development of the cultural tourism"
- Malta: The promotion and prominence of culture in the city of Mellieha
- Hungary: Regional policies for the enhancement of the Cultural Tourism in Hungary
- Estonia: Practices of maintenance of Cultural places
- France: Local Networks Applications - Policies
B' MODULE: "The role of Local Self-government Organisations in the cultural tourism"
- The institution of the Cultural Capital and its contribution to the development of Cultural Tourism
- Strategic Planning and development policies of the cultural tourism in Greece
- The role of the intercultural dialogue regarding the cultural tourism
- The projection and promotion of the local cultural product
- Practices and policies of municipal enterprises of cultural development
C' MODULE: "Methods and Techniques for the development of Cultural Tourism"
- Promotion of organising and instituting innovations (Collaboration Networks - Corporate Clusters) for supporting the cultural activities through modern technology for the communicating interconnection of Greek cities
- The Cultural Interpretation as a basic component of projection and prominence of the national heritage
- New technologies and Cultural Tourism
- Marketing and Management
- Reconstruction of local monuments and renovation of cultural and archaeological places
- Mass Media and Cultural Tourism
D' MODULE: "Program and cross-border collaborations for the cultural tourism"
- Co-operations of Municipal Enterprises for the cultural, touristic development
- Financings for the cultural tourism by the 4th CSF
- Enhancement of Festival Programs
- Enhancement and Grant for Artistic Events
PARALLEL EVENTS
During the three days, in specially arranged places, the exhibitors will present their original, local folkloric culture through dance performances, enactments of customs, folklore theater, traditional music concerts, galanty show and daily life enactments. At the same time, special great tributes to music and dance tradition will be made, by local expressers of tradition from specific areas of our country.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Friday 28th March 2008
Meeting: "Interculturalism in the European Union 2008: Year of intercultural dialogue"

Co-organisers: European Organisation for Strategic Planning,
EUROPE DIRECT of the Municipality of Athens,
SAFIA (Student Association For International Affairs)

Coordinators: Nikos Trikalitis, Economist
Sotiris Kareas, Architect, Member of EOSP
Nikos Lardas, Economist, Member of EOSP
Giorgos Livanios, President of the Finnish Hellenic Chamber

10.00-10.30 Participants' Arrival
10.30-10.45 Greetings: Ioannis Mihas, Prefect of Piraeus
10.45-11.00 "The Intercultural Dialogue Year and its role in the European Family"
Ourania Kakrida, Scientific Collaborator, Europe Direct of the Municipality of Athens
11.00-11.15 "The mapping out of social policy for the successful incorporation of interculturalism"
Nikos Theodorakis, Vice-president of SAFIA (Student Assocaition For International Affairs)
11.15-11.30 "Interculturalism through human rights"
Dionysia Rigatou, Member of the Board of Directors of the Evropaiki Ekfrasi Youth
11.30-11.45 "The formation of a new European identity through interculturalism"
Stavros Kourtalis, Scientific Collaborator of the Greek Centre of European Studies (EKEM)

European Conference: "Cultural Tourism and Self-government Organisations"

A' MODULE: "International Tendencies and experiences from the development of cultural tourism"
12.00-12.30 Greetings: Ilias Dimas, Professor, Vice-president of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, National University of Athens
Spyridon Tsirigotis: President of Regional Development EOSP
12.30-12.45 "Cultural Tourism: Myths and Reality"
Dr. Dimitrios Koutoulas, expert consultant of touristic and cultural marketing
12.45-13.00 "Finland: The Local Self-government Organisations are the architects of their future"
Ole Norrback, former Minister, ambassador on Baltic issues
13.00-13.15 "Croatia: ''Craftattraction'': Traditional works of art as a pole of attraction for the cultural tourism"
Goranka Horgan, responsible of programming for the project "Craftattraction"
13.15-13.30 "Hungary: Regional policies for the enhancement of the Cultural Tourism in Hungary"
Viktoria Nagy,Director of Public Administration of Regions and Municipalities, Ministry of Local Self-government and Local Development, Hungary
13.30-13.45 "Malta: The projection and prominence of culture in the city of Mellieha"
Josef Borg, former President of the Union of Municipalities and Communities of Malta
13.45-14.00 "Austria: Regional Cultural Networks as the final decision lever of a touristic destination"
Hermut Parsch, Director of the Museum of Folklore Art and Tradition Spittal/Drau
14.00-14.15 Break

B' MODULE: "Programs and cross-border collaborations for the cultural tourism"
Coordinators: Evaggelos Christofilakis, Economist, former mayor of Ano Liosia, member of the Board of Directors, Local Union of
Municipalities and Communities of the Attica Region (TEDKNA)
Giannis Giamas, President of the Chamber of Preveza
14.15-14.30 "Financings for the cultural tourism in the 4th Programming Period"
Sofia Skarveli, Coordinator of European Programs
14.30-14.45 "Innovative cultural strategies and destination marketing: Optimal practices of cities in Greece and Europe"
Nikolas Karachalis, PhD of Pantion University, Expert in issues of Urban Tourism, Scientific Collaborator of the Regional
Development Institute
14.45-15.00 "Cultural Tourism and Dance Activities"
Dimitrios Goulimaris, Democritus University of Thrace, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science
15.00-15.15 "Role of EKPOL NAM in the Touristic Projection of the cultural heritage - Experiences from the European Project / Network Chiron"
Pandelis Mastrogiannis, President of the Company of Social Intervention & Culture of the Prefecture of Magnisia(EKPOL NAM)
15.15-15.30 "Initiatives for Cross-border Collaboration of the Prefecture of Evros in Cultural Tourism"
Eleni Tsiaousi, Vice-prefect of Culture, Prefecture of Evros

Presiding Board: Giorgos Anastopoulos, General Secretary of International Relations EOSP
Antonios Koliopoulos, President of the Administrative Committee EOSP
Nia Koborozou, President of the Union of Provincial Press Journalists
Vasilis Ioannou, Prefect of Preveza

18.00 Greetings: Giannis Michas, Prefect of Piraeus
Charis Pasvandidis, Vice-prefect of Athens, Representative of EOSP
Gianakis Skordis, former Mayor of Ammochostos, Front Man of the Foreign Representations EOSP
Panagiotis Psomiadis, Prefect of Thessaloniki
18.30 Inauguration of the 2nd Exhibition "Hellenic Folkloric Culture"

Saturday 29th March 2008
C' MODULE: "The role of Local Self-government Organisations in cultural tourism"
Coordinators: Loukas Karatzalis, Director of Local Union of Municipalities and Communities of Viotia, President of Development Enterprise of Prefecture of Viotia
Efstathios Papaxristopoulos, Member of the Board of Directors EOSP
Giorgos Dimakos, Executive Prefectural Councillor of Athens, Directorate of Culture, Athletism, Education
Panagiotis Farlekas, Prefectural Councillor of Lakonia

10.00-10.30 Greetings
10.30-10.45 "Culture and Touristic Development in Athens"
Giannis Sgouros, Prefect of Athens
10.45-11.00 "Salvage and prominence of cultural monuments: The possibilities of the cultural bodies and the Local Self-government"
Anastasia Demertzi, Vice-president of the Pan-Ikarian Cultural Association ''ARTEMIS TAVROPOLOS"
11.00-11.15 "The projection and the promotion of the local cultural product"
Sofia Moutsou, Mayor of Styra
11.15-11.30 "New technologies, archaeological tourism and Local Self-government: The example of the Municipality of Chaeronia"
Nikos Papaggelis, President of the Local Union of Municipalities & Communities of Viotia, Mayor of Chaeronia
11.30-11.45 "Culture as a lever of tourism development in the Preveza Region"
Vasilis Ioannou, Prefect of Preveza

D' MODULE: "Methods and Techniques for the development of Cultural Tourism"
11.45-12.00 "Promotion of organising and instituting innovations (Collaboration Networks - Corporate Clusters) for supporting the cultural activities through
modern technology for the communicating interconnection of Greek cities"
Dimitrios Lagos, Professor of the University of the Aegean
12.00-12.15 "The Cultural Interpretation as a basic component for projection and prominence of the national heritage
Dorothea Papathanasiou, University of the Aegean, Research Laboratory IRIS, Touristic Planning
12.15-12.30 "Interculturalism and new technologies for the production of cultural tourism"
Giannis Markakis, Director of the Museum of Traditional Life in Crete, ''Lychnostatis''
12.30-12.45 "Reconstruction of local monuments and renovation of cultural and archaeological places"
Giannakis Skordis, former Mayor of Ammochostos
12.45 KEADEA MEETING
Subject: "Peace: The Cornerstone for the cultural and touristic development"
Main Introducer: Kostas Papanagiotou, Jurist, former Minister
"The Collaboration of the Nations of the Balkan. Since Rigas Velestinlis until today"
Giorgos Dolianitis, General Secretary of the Balkan Federation of Non-governmental Organisations, Vice-president of KEADEA

ROUND TABLE
SUNDAY 30th MARCH 2008
ROOM B, HOUR 11:30

SUBJECT: The embarrassment of the dance teacher: The endemicity and the originality in performances of traditional dances.
Presiding Board: Ilias Dimas, Professor, Alternate President of the Faculty of Physical Education & Sports Science (TEFAA), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Vaggelis Avdikos, Professor, President of the Faculty of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly
Subject modules:
- The traditional dance and its teaching, Giannis Prantsidis, Lecturer TEFAA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- Notion of endemicity and repertoire. The example of Karpathos, Ilias Vasilaras, General Secretary of the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Karpathos - Responsible of the Folklore Department
- Music and Song in the performances of traditional dances, Giorgos Kotsinis-Director of the Traditional Department of the Music School "F.NAKAS"
- Performances Organisation, Lefteris Drandakis, Art Director of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women
- Excursions abroad, Vasilis Dimitropoulos, Hellenic Center of Folklore Studies (EL.KE.LA.M.) - European Dance Caravan

Discussion, dialogue and stances on the proposals will follow

 


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