Protecting mankind's cultural heritage in crisis areas. From experiences on the field to the training of "First Aiders" in Washington DC. By Alessandro Bianchi, with the participation of Aparna Tandon

Organization: Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute

in collaboration with Smithsonian Institution, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and ICCROM

Date: May 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Location: Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St, NW, Washington, DC 20008)

What can be done in areas of conflict to save cultural heritage? How do we deal with destruction and how can we restore what has been damaged?

While actors from the international community are engaged on the field in safeguarding our shared memories of the past even in the most dangerous and dramatic circumstances, new initiatives arise in countries at peace to prepare new generations of experts able to intervene. Alessandro Bianchi, an expert from Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism with an extensive practice on the field will lead us through the experience of Italy in the Middle East and in Libya - from the restoration of transboundary Jeser Almajameh / Gesher Crusader Bridge on Jordan River to the satellite investigation of war-inflicted damages in Iraq.

Aparna Tandon, from ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, will present "First Aid to Cultural heritage in Time if Crisis", an innovative international training by ICCROM and the Smithsonian Institution designed to enhance local, national and regional capacities for protecting cultural heritage during complex emergencies, to be held this year in Washington DC from 2-29 June.

This event is presented by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC and it is part of the "Protecting our Heritage" initiative, a program supported by UNESCO and organized by the Washington Network of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), under the 2016 Italian presidency, in order to raise awareness on the need to act against the growing threats posed to cultural heritage by wars, international terrorism, criminal organizations, climate challenges - or more simply, by neglect.