The OPHERA project’s activities continue with the partnership and thanks to the co-funding of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Despite the stand-by period imposed by the recent lockdown, which required the reschedule of the calendar (soon to be published) of the three European workshops, - Lymassol (Cyprus), Guimaraes (Portugal) and Muccia (Italy)-  and subsequent open-day on restoration sites in the crater area, the project takes the opportunity to propose further new content to the public.
Among these, Ophera Summer Webinar, which took place last June 26, the first of a series of events open to all, designed as moments of meeting and discussion about the experiences gained in the period of inaccessibility to cultural heritage.

The public showed an enthusiastic interest in the topics covered, confirmed by the numerous feedback received before and after the meeting both through social media and through the valuable contribution of project media partners who have brought the direct participation of more than 100 members - coming from 14 countries both from Europe and the South American continent and India - and the nearly 500 users who have watched the event live on Facebook.


The meeting brought together international experience in the field of conservation and policies for the enhancement of cultural heritage, with the participation of European experts in the field, universities and public bodies responsible for the protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage.
Each speaker succeeded in enhancing public’s interest also manifested by the many questions from participants.

In particular, Lia Ghilardi, director of Noema Culture & Place mapping, provided a reflection on the impact of mass tourism on historic centers and the need to rethink being "city" as an urban ecosystem.

Secondly, the representative of Europa Nostra and director of Culture Trust, Graham Bell, who focused on cultural resilience in the face of adverse events, stressing the need for a new sustainable development through the interrelationship between culture, society, environment and economy.


Consequently, the participation of Enrico Cocchi, director of the Regional Agency for the reconstruction of the Emilia Romagna, has provided a focus on the experience of the  2012  earthquake in Emilia, describing the context and the reconstruction and recovery interventions on the regional cultural heritage. 
Finally, Fausto Pugnaloni, professor of the Polytechnic University of the Marche, starting from the description of the geo-morphological context of the earthquake sector and the damage caused by the earthquake on the cultural heritage, has analyzed through case studies the possible urban re-planning tools for post-earthquake integrated reconstruction in the crater areas.


The meeting was moderated by Roko Zarnic from the University of Ljubljana with the participation of Corrado Azzollini, Regional Secretary Mibact for Marche Region, Marinos Ioannides, representing the Unesco Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage, and Rosanna Binacchi, coordinator of Desk Italia Europa Creativa, who contributed with a brief introduction to the event, leaving the floor to the speakers.

The registration of the meeting is available on the youtube channel @ophera mibact and on the Fb page @projectopheramibact

Download here the webinar brochure.



Corrado Azzollini - Segretariato MIBACT Marche
Marinos Ioannides – UNESCO CHAIR on Digital Cultural Heritage

Opening speech
Rosanna Binacchi
Coordinator Desk Italia Europa Creativa 
"Creative Europe and the role of the Desk Italia"

Keynote speech
Lia Ghilardi
Founder and Director Noema Culture & Place Mapping
"Activate Heritage and Cultural Resources for Sustainable Places"

Graham Bell
Board Member, Europa Nostra - Director, Cultura Trust, UK
"The stones will cry out"


Enrico Cocchi
Director of the Regional Agency for the reconstruction after the 2012 earthquake of Emilia Romagna
"Cultural heritage and local communities. The Emilia Romagna case"

Fausto Pugnaloni
Senior Professor - Università Politecnica delle Marche
"Re-thinking Central-Italy minor historical settlements: integrated planning opportunities after 2016 earthquake"

Moderator: Roko Zarnic - University of Ljubljana