Culture and technology (workshop #1)

In the Culture, Urban Future report, UNESCO advocates for the role of culture as an enabler for sustainable development, affirming that culture is at the heart of urban renewal and innovation. However, in many historic cities, the closures of several historic sites and museums during the pandemic created significant challenges for those involved in culture and heritage. New technologies have helped organizations to reach out to the public. Moreover, adequate aid measures have supported artists and artisans to cope with the crisis.


Professor Michael Turner, UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Case studies

  • Krakow: Tackling the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis
    Kraków, like many popular tourist heritage cities, became deserted. As a result of the pandemic crisis, the structure of the so far tourist-oriented market is changing dynamically. In response to this situation, the city has announced major campaigns for a turn towards locality and a deep exploration of the city’s cultural heritage.
    The promotion of lesser-known sites, niche museums, individual monuments, micro-workshops, and at the same time a campaign to promote local businesses, shops, craftsmen – this is one thing; on the other hand, it is important to work on a sustainable tourism policy, to maintain the process of heritage revaluation, and programmes in response to Covid: the Resilient Culture programme, innovations in management, the new digital platform for culture PlayKraków, and the creation of new hubs for culture: the Potocki Palace – as a hub for: Tourism – Heritage – Culture – the interdisciplinary area of cooperation.
  • Regensburg: Heads up – creative ideas for culture in Regensburg in difficult times
    Technical tools can help us to promote and mediate culture and our heritage sites – but let’s also admit the restrictions that come with digital only experiences. Examples from Regensburg/Germany.


  • Culture and technology
    11 February 2021
    9:00 am (Quebec time)
    UTC/GMT -5H


  • Plenary (introduction)

Welcoming of the participants on the online platform, presentation of the topic and how the workshop works

  • Session (case study)

Presentation of a case study to stimulate reflections and exchanges

  • Discussions

Discussion between participants based on the case study presentation and the general topic of the workshop

  • Plenary (conclusion)

General comments and end of the workshop

Facilitation by #MEET4IMPACT

Jacques blanchet
Cofounder of #MEET4IMPACT
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Candice Bauné

Researcher at #MEET4IMPACT
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More information about this workshop

Félix Rousseau
Cultural heritage advisor
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