Interpret Europe Conference | 23-26 March 2018 in Kőszeg, Hungary | #iecon18
Heritage and Identity
Our Interpret Europe Conference 2018 will take place from 23 to 26 March in Kőszeg (Hungary). It will be organised by the Hungarian Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KÖME) and opened by the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics.
Our aim is to link this conference to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and we chose 'Heritage and Identity' as our theme. The question of identity is key when it comes to one's feelings towards Europe in all its diversity and one's relationship with single nation states, regions and local communities.
One European region where identities most intermingle is the Austro-Hungarian border area. We will, therefore, run the conference as a border-crossing event, starting our pre-conference tour in Vienna from where we will travel into Hungary and ending our post-conference tour in Budapest.
Kőszeg itself was a free royal town in medieval times and its castle became famous for its insolent resistance in slowing down a huge Ottoman campaign against Vienna. This castle, with its large Knight's Hall, will be our central venue. Besides this, we will seek to bring alive the surrounding historic centre where there is almost no traffic and all sites are within comfortable walking distance.
Study visits around Kőszeg will lead to interesting sites within the border-crossing Fertő / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Destinations will be as different as Esterháza, the 'Hungarian Versailles', which belonged to one of the most famous landowner families of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the Pan-European Picnic Park where the Iron Curtain was first lifted in 1989. And last but not least we will have several opportunities to taste local varieties of wine and the famous Hungarian cuisine.
The European Green Belt along the former borderline between East and West is famous for its stunning natural heritage, especially the Fertő-Hanság and Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Parks, which are important resting places for migratory birds. We plan to include a range of partners from the natural heritage field and also review how nature influences identity.