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The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador invites you to attend “Adapting Heritage…Engage, Innovate, Rejuvenate!”

From October 25 – 28, 2017, in the heart of historic St. John’s, a forum, workshop and conference will explore the trends that are impacting our heritage.

Rapid demographic and social change, market forces, the influx of new cultural communities, technology and climate change are all having a transformative affect on our heritage – whether it be our historic places or our cultural traditions and practices. Individual heritage structures and even whole communities are losing their original purpose and need to find new uses and adapt to change or be at risk of disappearing.  Traditional knowledge and cultural practices are at risk of fading away as an older generation passes on and the impacts of mass culture are felt.  Preserving and safeguarding our rich cultural heritage requires new and innovative thinking and ways of doing things.

Adapting Heritage will take place in three parts:

October 25-26:  Forum on Adapting NL’s Intangible Cultural Heritage – The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road
October 26:  Workshop on Adapting NL’s Historic Religious Places – Cochrane Centre (in the historic Cochrane Street United Church), 81 Cochrane Street
October 27-28:  Conference on Adapting NL’s Historic Places – Gower Street United Church, 99 Queen’s Road

Wednesday, October 25 – Thursday, October 26 (Morning): Forum on Adapting NL’s Intangible Cultural Heritage 

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Office of the Heritage Foundation NL has been operating for the last 10 years, helping to document and safeguard the province’s rich cultural traditional knowledge and practices.  This forum will look both backward and forward in terms of considering what has been done and what new opportunities exist.  In particular, it will consider how we use our cultural traditions in new ways:  to create economic opportunities and enterprise; to adapt and reinvigorate former practices that are fading away; and to think about how we celebrate and integrate the cultural practices that are being introduced by new cultural communities.  The forum will be filled with lots of case studies and showcases of Newfoundland and Labrador’s diverse cultural traditions.

Who will be interested in this forum:

  • Community heritage organizations interested in safeguarding their ICH
  • Folklorists
  • Communities interested in collecting and sharing their stories
  • Community development organizations
  • Academics and students
  • Arts organizations and craft groups
  • Cultural Tourism Operators
  • Seniors organizations

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Thursday, October 26 (Afternoon): Workshop on Adapting NL’s Historic Religious Places

Churches and religious organizations today are facing significant challenges to maintain their historic buildings in the face of declining congregations and volunteer bases and the costs of operating and maintaining often large, ornate buildings.  An increasing number of churches are being closed and sold and even demolished, sometimes resulting in conflict within the community.  This half day session will provide useful information and tools to religious organizations on the management of historic ecclesiastical buildings.

Who will be interested in this forum:

  • Congregational and parish councils, religious orders and clergy responsible for managing historic church buildings
  • Church conference and diocesan officials
  • Congregational and parish members interested in preserving their historic churches
  • Municipalities
  • Community heritage organizations

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Friday, October 27 – Saturday, October 28 (Morning): Conference on Adapting NL’s Historic Places

Historic places are constantly evolving and responding to their current environment whether they are being adapted to new uses or new ways of using them, adapting to new technologies, or being repurposed as part of a community’s economic rejuvenation.  As well, the ways in which we value and find meaning in heritage places is changing as well. How do owners and managers of historic places navigate these changes in a way that respects their integrity while adapting them to meet current and future realities?  Presenters from around Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond will explore these themes.

Who will be interested in this conference:

  • Municipal officials
  • Heritage organizations and advocates
  • Developers and heritage property owners
  • Architects and Planners
  • Academics and students
  • Church and religious organizations
  • Community developers
  • Government officials
  • Anyone interested in the sustainability of their communities

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