International Conference focusing on cultural heritage & local communities in Kalamata

On this very interesting topic, the International Conference of the project OLIVE FOR ALL (JPICH Cultural Heritage Program, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies (CHIP), which is implemented by 3 Greek and European Universities (University of Thessaly, University of Avignon, France, Polytechnic University of Leiria, Portugal) was successfully held on 30 & 31 May 2022.

The Conference was attended by more than 20 distinguished speakers, academics and researchers from 3 different countries specializing in cultural management and sustainable development, cultural tourism, etc. who presented and documented the importance of public awareness of cultural heritage as a development tool in today’s changing societies.

The Ministry of Culture & Sports was represented at the Conference by Mrs. Villi Fotopoulou, Director of the Directorate of Contemporary Cultural Resources and Intangible Cultural Heritage, while the Deputy Mayor of Kalamata, Mrs. Maria Ageli, gave a greeting address.

On Sunday 29 May 2022, the participating university speakers of the Conference toured the ‘Routes of the Olive Tree’ in the region of West Mani, where they were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of West Mani Mr. Dimitris Giannimaras.

The organisers of the Conference (and the main contributors to the Olive4all project) were the University of Thessaly and the Cultural Foundation ‘Routes of the Olive Tree’.

Conference Programme