International heritage experts gather at the summer school in Nida


The Summer School themed “Cultural Landscapes” begins at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts on the 5th of August, and will run for one week. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Directorate of the Curonian Spit National Park and the Faculty of History of Vilnius University, and is expected to become an annual event. This year, 15 selected specialists and students of heritage protection, architecture, and art history disciplines will focus on the topic of cultural landscape.

“We are delighted that the experts from Italy, Great Britain and Latvia have responded to our invitation to share their experience in Lithuania,” says the project coordinator Rugilė Balkaite. “We are also thankful to the Lithuanian cultural attaché in Italy, Julija Reklaitė, for the idea of the summer school and the incentive to enhance the knowledge of young heritage protection specialists,” she added.

Nida Art Colony is located in the Curonian Spit National Park, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it is expected that all of this practice-oriented summer school’s tasks will be associated with this particular site.  A clear and professional understanding of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and the UNESCO World Heritage Status ensures appropriate preservation of World Heritage Sites andtheir transference to future generations. Therefore, the main objective of the Summer School is to facilitate capacity-building activities related to UNESCO World Heritage issues. Working towards this objective, international experts will give specialized lectures, seminars and workshops on three topics: cultural landscapes, intangible cultural heritage and interpretation-communication.

The cultural landscape theory will be introduced by Pietro Laureano from Italy, the president of The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The general principles of interpretation and communication of cultural heritage such as public understanding, conflict resolution and visitor experiences will be reviewed by the international communication experts Susan Cross Fahi and Peter Huxley Phillipson from the UK. Dr. Anita Vaivade from the Latvian Culture Academy will present the theory and concepts of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The vice president of  the International Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage of ICOMOS, Clara Arokiasamy from the UK, will add examples of international practices.

All theoretical lectures will be open to the public. Some lectures are also planned to be posted on the Internet. 




Saturday, 5 August 

registration. Arrival of participants at the Nida Art Colony (E. A. Jonušo st. 3, Nida)

7 pm welcome reception & dinner

Sunday, 6 August 

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-9.15 am welcome speech

9.15-10 am presentation on the Curonian Spit (Lina Dikšaitė, Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania)

10-11.30 am 1st lecture Cultural Landscapes (Pietro Laureano, Italy)

11.30 am-noon break

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-2.30 pm 2nd lecture Cultural Landscapes. Continuation

2.30-3 pm coffee break

3-5 pm workshop

5 pm- your time

Monday, 7 August

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-10.30 am presentations of the results of the workshops by participants

10.30-11.30 3rd lecture Cultural Landscapes. Continuation

11.30-noon break

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-2.30 pm excursion in the Curonian Spit (Lina Dikšaitė)

2.30-3.30 pm 4th lecture Cultural Landscapes. Continuation

3.30-4 pm coffee break

4-5 pm presentation on the Sustainable Tourism and World Heritage Sites in Lithuania (Ieva Nagytė and Viktorija Bružaitė ‘Create Lithuania’, Lithuania)

5 pm- your time

Tuesday, 8 August

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-10.30 am Introductions. What is Interpretation? 4Ps of Creating good interpretation. Questions for next two days (Susan Cross Fahi and Peter Huxley Phillipson, UK)

10.30-10.45 am coffee break

10.45-11.30 am Visitors – Who are they? Why do they visit? What do they want?

11.30-noon STARS of visitor experience planning – Part 1

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-1.30 pm STARS of visitor experience planning – Part 2

1.30-3.45 pm excursion looking at STARS 

3.45-4 pm feedback on excursion and discussion

4-4.30 pm Interpretation and Cultural Landscapes

4.30-5 pm Review – things to remember about good interpretation. Look ahead to tomorrow

5 pm- your time

Wednesday, 9 August

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-9.15 am Interpretation media

9.15-10.30 am Themes and interpretation

10.30-10.45 am coffee break

10.45-noon exercise Creating a piece of interpretation

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-1.30 pm preparing presentations

1.30-3.30 pm presentations and feedback

3.30-4 pm examples of multi-site and landscape-scale interpretation

4-4.45 pm review exercise: Ten things in include when planning for the Curonian Spit

4.45-5 pm conclusions

5 pm- your time

Thursday, 10 August

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-10.30 am 1st lecture Intangible Cultural Heritage (Skype. Anita Vaivade, Latvia)

10.30-10.45 am coffee break

10.45-noon 2nd lecture Intangible Cultural Heritage. Continuation

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-4 pm excursion in the Curonian Spit (Aušra Feser, Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania)

4-5 pm workshop

5 pm- your time

Friday, 11 August   

8-9 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony

9-9.10 am introductions

9.10-9.40 am recap on Day One (10 August) lectures on UNESCO Convention and other information on intangible cultural heritage (ich)

9.40-10.30 am presentation/lecture Intangible cultural heritage in a diverse cultural setting - the UK experience

                    - response and developments to date and plans for future at government, heritage sector and community levels and ICOMOS-UK’s contribution to this trajectory

                    - lessons to share  

10.30-10.45 am Q&A (15 mins)

10.45-11 am coffee break

11-noon breakout groups/workshop 1 – working in groups of 5

noon-1 pm lunch at the Nida Art Colony

1-1.45 pm presentation of the Exploring ich in Museum Contexts ICOMOS-UK developmental project for Arts Council England

1.45-2 pm Q&A

2-3.15 pm breakout groups/workshops 2 – working in groups of 5

3.15-3.30 pm tea break

3.30-4 pm a way forward – Personal/Group Action points to take away

4-5 pm summary and evaluation of the Summer School

7 pm goodbye dinner

Saturday, 12 August

9 am - 10 am breakfast at the Nida Art Colony
10 am - 11 am
departure of participants


G U E S T  S P E A K E R S


Pietro Laureano (Italy), President of ICOMOS Italy, architect and urban planner (ecosystem restoration with traditional techniques)

Susan Cross Fahi (UK), International expert and thought-leader in visitor experience development, visitor advocacy, interpretive planning, staff training and mentoring for heritage and countryside attractions.

Peter Huxley Phillipson (UK), an experienced interpreter, ecologist, site manager, trainer and mentor; interest in how people interact with sensitive natural and human heritage sites.

Anita Vaivade (Latvia), Assistant Professor, Researcher, Latvian Academy of Culture, conceptualisation of intangible cultural heritage, international and national legal regulations on intangible cultural heritage, legal history of heritage protection, legal theory and philosophy.

Clara Arokiasamy (UK), Organisation Development and Intangible Cultural Heritage Chair, Committee for Intangible Heritage ICOMOS-UK, Vice President, Committee for Intangible Heritage, ICOMOS International.

Phd. Giedrė Godienė
Rugilė Balkaitė, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel.: +370 61832758
Julija Navarskaitė, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel.: +370 607 89222
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The project is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. 

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