Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in a Changing World
TEFAF is honored to present the inaugural TEFAF Summit an annual event hosted at TEFAF Maastricht in association with the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO. This distinguished event will delve into the theme of cultural heritage and its challenges with prominent thought leaders, experts, and influential stakeholders from the fields of cultural heritage, art, academia, government, and more. The Summit brings together prominent thought leaders, distinguished experts, and influential stakeholders from various fields, including cultural heritage, art and archaeology, academia, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, to engage in constructive conversations on critical issues related to cultural heritage. As a platform for meaningful discourse and collaboration, the TEFAF Summit seeks to raise awareness and promote actionable solutions towards safeguarding our world’s invaluable cultural treasures and heritage. The TEFAF Summit is graciously supported by TEFAF Maastricht’s Lead Partner, AXA XL.
Various partner organizations delve into relevant topics at the upcoming TEFAF Summit: the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO explores the unifying power of culture in fostering peace; Cultural Emergency Response emphasizes intangible heritage and the people-centered nature of cultural heritage in crisis response; the World Monuments Fund hosts a conversation on collaboration among partner organizations; and a final discussion underscores the importance of collaboration and joint efforts between public and private stakeholders for the sustainable safeguarding of cultural heritage.
9:00AM – 9:15AM
9:15AM – 9:45AM
Hidde van Seggelen, President Executive Committee TEFAF
Sylvie Gleises, CEO AXA XL Singapore
Kathleen Ferrier, Chair Netherlands Commission for UNESCO
9:45AM – 10:30AM
Building a Peaceful Tomorrow: The Role of Art and Heritage
Netherlands Commission for UNESCO Panel
With increasing conflicts worldwide, UNESCO’s mission is more relevant than ever. “Since war begins in the minds of people, it is in the minds of people that the defences of peace must be constructed.” Art and heritage form the fundamental basis of our society and the path to a peaceful future. Join us for a dynamic discussion on UNESCO’s mandate and the unifying power of culture.
10:30AM – 11:00AM
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00AM – 11:45AM
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.
11:45AM – 12:30PM
Restoring the Spirit of Mosul: Heritage, Memory, and Post-Conflict Recovery in Iraq and Beyond
World Monuments Fund Panel
The Mosul Museum Rehabilitation Project aims to rehabilitate the second largest museum in Iraq and one of the few modernist structures still existing in Mosul after it was heavily damaged by Daesh in 2015. Led by a unique international partnership between the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), the Musée du Louvre, the Smithsonian Institution, World Monuments Fund (WMF), and the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH), the project represents a shared belief in the potential of the site to contribute to the city’s post-conflict recovery. Join us to learn more about this ongoing initiative and the collaborative efforts to bring the Mosul Cultural Museum back to life as a center for culture, education, community, and memory.
12:30PM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 1:45PM
Preserving Our Past Together: Models for Public & Private Collaboration
The challenges facing cultural heritage globally can only be addressed with direct action, necessitating collaboration of all stakeholders, from both public and private sector backgrounds. These stakeholders include governments and international organisations, NGOs and foundations, museums, the art trade and private individuals. The panelists will discuss how these sectors work in tandem to address important issues, providing models for cooperation from extensive experience, and insight on some of the challenges. Only through efforts across sectors we can protect our cultural heritage for future generations.
1:45PM – 2:00PM
Location & Access
The Summit will take place at TEFAF Maastricht. Attendance to the conference is complimentary with the purchase of a ticket to TEFAF Maastricht. However, please note that registration is a mandatory requirement for participation.
Photograph from the Maidan Museum archive, featuring a project funded by Cultural Emergency Response (CER)