CER at the 1st TEFAF Summit

As a beneficiary partner of TEFAF since 2008, it was a pleasure to participate in the inaugural TEFAF Summit in association with the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO at TEFAF Maastricht.

For our panel talk on Bridging Crisis, Culture, and Community, CER Director Sanne Letschert moderated a conversation with close partners Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, Former Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan and Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan Conservation & Research Institute (CHACRI), and Veronica Davila, President of Conservartecuador Foundation. Together they shared stories about people and communities at the center of emergency response to culture in crisis.

We are grateful to everyone who was present at the Summit, and to our colleagues at Netherlands Commission for Unesco, International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH), the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, and World Monuments Fund.

Watch the full panel below.

Bridging Crisis, Culture, and Community

Cultural Emergency Response Panel

The panel aims to inspire a deeper understanding of the people-centered nature of cultural heritage and its impact on individual and community well-being through examples of partners on the ground. It focuses on people as carriers of culture, introducing the role of heritage in individual and collective identities. While illustrating the cultural ambulance work of Cultural Emergency Response (CER), the panelists will elaborate on sustainable, inclusive, and diverse emergency responses to culture in crisis. Join us to learn more about the importance and urgency of heritage protection.

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