International Conference ‘Cultural Diversity: the Common Heritage of Humanity’ took place on Thursday at the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The EU Info Centre organized this conference to mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage, as well as the official launch of the CULTURWB network, a consortium of institutions and organizations aiming to promote the cultural heritage of the European Union and the region.
Throughout 2018 - the European Year of Cultural Heritage - the European Union is celebrating Europe’s diverse cultural heritage to provide an opportunity to Europe’s citizens to discover and explore common heritage in all its forms.
“The European Union is committed to promoting cultural diversity, protecting cultural heritage, easing obstacles to the mobility of cultural professionals, and supporting the contribution of cultural and creative industries to boosting growth and jobs across Europe. Bosnia and Herzegovina has a lot of potential and it is important that this potential is recognized and promoted”, said Khaldoun Sinno, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The EU has supported numerous projects and initiatives with the aim of preserving and promoting the common cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, as an integral part of the EU’s values, and we will continue to provide support to preserve the uniquely interconnected culture and nature that you have here”, he said.
The conference gathered competent representatives of cultural and tourist organizations and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and featured experts from the European Union, who presented the latest developments in the field of cultural tourism and the possibilities for promotion of the cultural heritage of the region, underlining the importance of tourism to the economic and social development of every country.
During the Conference, the Erasmus+ financed project ‘Strengthening Capacities for Tourism Changes in Western Balkans: Building Competences for Quality Management of Heritage and Cultural Tourism - CULTURWB’, was officially launched.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sarajevo in particular, are symbols of cultural diversity. We have been working for years in order to create bridges that will promote the culture and cultural tourism offer of the country, and our goal is to link all relevant stakeholders to work together, a goal that the initiative CULTURWB aims to achieve”, said Director of the non-governmental organization Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures, Dino Mujkic.