Projekt Baerwaldbad - An Award-Winning Project
 
An Award-Winning Project

Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, supports national and international campaigns for the preservation of Europe’s heritage. Europa Nostra's main goal is to raise public consciousness of cultural heritage and its benefits, and it also encourages initiatives for the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage by recognising outstanding heritage achievements, in particular by awarding the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, in partnership with the European Commission.

On the 10th June 2010 in Istanbul, the Baerwaldbad Project received the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award in the category “Education, Training and Awareness-Raising”.  The Baerwaldbad Project was therefore among the six Grand Prix winning projects which received a monetary award of €10,000. The Neues Museum in Berlin also received one of the Grand Prix in the “Restoration” category.
 
At the prize giving it was said:

“The prize awarded to this project recognises the exceptional achievement of a rich social project which synchronised a socially vulnerable population with an architectural project of great worth. By revealing forgotten cultural influences and by training young people in the techniques of restoration, this project allowed a strong sense of reclaiming cultural elements forgotten by previous generations, and thus shows a way to safeguard historical inheritance in harmony with the social evolution which must be engaged in by modern European cities. It also afforded the participants an enriching opportunity to integrate both socially and professionally.”

(Source: http://www.europanostra.org/news/101/). Further information can also be found in the brochure which was written about the six prize winners.

To celebrate this prize a conference took place on the 10th September 2010 on the theme of vocational training and monument protection. More information will be available shortly.

Awards ceremony in the Byzantine Church Aya Irini to the representative of the Baerwaldbad Project (from left to right: Lukas Born – project leader for the Baerwaldbad Project; Denis de Kergorlay - Executive President of Europa Nostra; Sekib Avdagic – President of the Istanbul 2010 Agency; Doris Pack – Chairperson of the Committee for Education and Culture and member of the European Parliament; Androulla Vassiliou - EU-Commissioner for Education, Culture, Language and Youth; Prof. Emil Hädler – Jury Chairperson for Europa Nostra for Category 4,for which the bath house was awarded the prize)
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