In response to the current global threats to world heritage that call for urgency in developing comprehensive heritage protection strategies, the .. Read more National and University Library in Zagreb is organising the international conference “Solidarity in culture: Heritage protection under conditions of crisis”, in Zagreb, from 18 to 20 March 2021. The organizers have recognized the synergetic benefits of the solidarity networks of cultural institutions, yielding the most effective and immediate results in prevention, response and recovery efforts in culture, adding towards the existing general emergency services support. The aims of the conference are to facilitate understanding and dialogue about new approaches to integrated conservation and risk management based on solidarity and cooperation between diverse partners that provide potential for resilience-building to disasters. The unprecedented crisis condition affected Zagreb on March 22nd when 5.5 Richter scale earthquake seriously damaged heritage monuments and sites. And only two days before that cultural professionals and general public were faced with the previously unimaginable situation of social isolation caused by COVID-19 pandemic. These combined crisis factors have caused damage and continue to affect our cultural heritage on multiple levels: protection, preservation and management of heritage, protection of cultural professionals, our visitors and users as well as advocacy of the importance of heritage protection in broad society that currently deals with life threatening situation.
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