Apr 30 - 2015

Cultural Heritage without Borders celebrates 20 years


Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), an independent Swedish non-governmental organization dedicated to rescuing and preserving cultural heritage, celebrates its 20th anniversary. CHwB was constituted in April 1995 as a reaction to the systematic destruction of cultural monuments and objects that took place during the war in former Yugoslavia and the urgent need for development assistance and protection. Today CHwB still works in the western Balkans but also in others regions.

While embarking on its third decade of activity, CHwB unveiled a new celebratory logo, which will be used by CHwB and all its offices in the Western Balkan region for anniversary markings, events and publications. Throughout this year CHwB will carry out several awareness and information initiatives.

"Protection and preservation of cultural heritage is of enormous importance for the development of any society. Since the founding, CHwB has worked with cultural heritage as an active force in reconciliation, peace building, social and economic development in countries around the world" says Ing-Marie Munktell, the chairperson of CHwB.

Cultural Heritage without Borders with a secretariat in Stockholm and three local offices in Western Balkans, namely in:

- Albania, working with regional restoration camps and museum cooperation and region’s landmarks of Communist-era heritage;

- Bosnia and Herzegovina, working on a variety of restoration projects and museum-related activities;

- Kosovo, where the focus is to utilise cultural heritage in promoting the public participation as a precondition for local development and reconciliation.

The Western Balkan offices will become autonomous CHwB foundations in each country during 2015 whereas branding, values and common mission is regulated through joint agreements.

The new CHwB Foundations will continue their work in the Western Balkans and new geographic areas will also broaden the scope of work.

CHwB will continue to improve the conditions and the opportunities to enjoy cultural freedom and cultural diversity and continue using cultural heritage as a tool to promote human rights, peace building and democratic development.

Ing-Marie Munktell, Chairperson

Annika Magnusson, Secretary General

[caption id="attachment_4403" align="alignnone" width="604"]20yrbanersmall Some of the CHwB Kosovo projects during these years (Starting from the upper image left): 1. Restoration of five kullas in western Kosovo / 2001-2002; 2. European Heritage Days celebrations / 2003-2007; 3. Restoration of Hadum Mosque in Gjakova / 2004-2006; 4. Conservation and Development Plan for Prizren Historic Area / 2005-2009; 5. Tour de Culture / 2008-ongoing; 6. Restoration of Saint Saviour Church in Prizren / 2009; 7. Prishtina International Summer University / 2010; 8. See you in Dukagjini / 2011-2013; 9. Emergency Interventions Program in 50 heritage sites in Kosovo / 2013-2014; 10. Conservation and revitalisation of Vushtrri Castle / 2012-2014.[/caption]

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