Increasing appetite for creative digital technologies among young cultural heritage defenders

When :

from Thursday 13 December, 2018
to Friday 14 December, 2018

Type of event :

Interagency meeting

Where :

Tunis, Tunisia

Contact :

Ahmed Zaouche,

The Networks of Mediterranean Youth Project (NET-MED Youth) organizes on 13-14 December 2018, a two-day Regional Training Workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, entitled Increasing appetite for creative digital technologies among young cultural heritage defenders. It will bring together over 50 participants that were selected based on their relevant experience following a call for expression of interest which received over 550 applications.

The regional workshop will highlight the potential of cutting-edge technologies for cultural heritage protection and promotion among young and non-traditional audiences. More specifically, the workshop aims at:
- Equipping partner youth organizations committed to and engaged in cultural heritage protection and promotion with new skills, knowledge and approaches to represent, document and make endangered cultural heritage more visible, and to take action;
- Giving unique opportunities to partner youth organizations to upgrade their work in this field, by highlighting opportunities offered by virtual environments ;
- Sharing and analyzing successful experiences from the Arab region and beyond using the most advanced technologies (augmented reality, virtual experiences, 3D simulation, gaming) to document and raise awareness of cultural heritage among youth, through mixed educative and training techniques;
- Strengthening networking and mutualize resources between creative young entrepreneurs and youth organizations for the promotion of heritage as a fundamental prerequisite of democracy, a pillar of freedom of expression, and an essential element for the wellbeing of societies.

The workshop will benefit from the insights of renowned experts, professionals and researchers working on cultural heritage representation, youth mobilization and youth-led art mediation. It will also benefit from the expertise of the Virtual Experience Company, which has been developing 3D and Virtual Reality experiences during the past several years notably on a number of sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List such as Westminster Hall in London, UK, and Bahla Fort in Oman. In addition, the discussions will benefit from the crossed experiences of key youth organizations with the relevant experts of cultural heritage protection in the Arab region.

The event will be retransmitted live on this page :

The NET-MED Youth project is a five-year project (2014-2018) implemented by UNESCO in Eastern and Western Mediterranean countries, and funded by the European Union. It aims at mainstreaming youth issues and priorities across national decision-making and policy implementation. It seeks to achieve this by building the capacities of young people and youth organizations.