Final Event: PAST | PRESENT

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Final event WeAre#EuropeForCulture

PAST | PRESENT – 10 European cities, 10 heritage stories

The House of European History, Brussels

6th February 2020: h. 5 pm, invitation-only event
7th February 2020: exhibition opens to the public

As a common theme, the PAST | PRESENT event celebrates the richness of European cultural heritage, its value for our contemporary life, and the importance of best practices in the cultural heritage. The key concept is that the ‘past‘ is not just opposed to the ‘present‘ as in a simple chronological approach, but it is also experienced by and exposed to the audience in a contemporary context and shared as a ‘present’ to future generations.

Bringing together images, recordings and interactions from the various locations which hosted and created the pop-up exhibitions, this is a kaleidoscope of local history in European countries, showcasing the variety and commonalities of our cultural heritage. A multiscreen setting will allow visitors to travel through and interact with the stories unfolded at the different events throughout Europe.
The exhibition will open with an invitation-only event at the House of European History on February 6th, 2020. On February 7th, it will be open to the general public. 

Co-creation workshop and local exhibition

LEIVE VRIGGER EN NAA – Leuven in the past and today

As part of PAST | PRESENT, students of the MA Cultural Studies of KU Leuven run a co-creation workshop with elders in senior homes, based on a novel game format empowered with early photographic heritage.​ The workshop was held on Thursday November 21st at the Agora student centre KU Leuven. Former and current inhabitants of the key city neighbourhood the “Vaartkom” co-created stories about the ever changing environment of this place where shipping arrived in the city, coming through the “Leuvense Vaart” channel. It is a city corner that has hosted both residential homes as well as industrial activities through the ages.

The resulting exhibition premiered in Leuven on 2nd December 2019 with a vernissage at the Openbaar Entrepot voor de Kunsten (OPEK) and will be then on display at the KU LEUVEN Agora learning center.

The final event is organized by KU Leuven.

More information coming soon.

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This project is funded by the European Commission under the service contract no. EAC-2018-0415, in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018