The Committee for the Conservation of the International Council of Museums has announced at its XIX congress in Beijing that its next ICOM-CC world congress will be held in Valencia in September 2023. Under the motto “Towards a sustainable past”, the city will become for a week in the world capital of cultural heritage. Professionals, research staff, companies and museum centers from various countries will discuss the current situation, challenges and challenges of cultural heritage, including how to achieve more efficient and ecological conservation.

ICOM-CC is the most important event in the field of cultural heritage at the international level and is held every three years. The last in-person edition of the congress, held in Copenhagen in 2017, was attended by nearly 1,000 attendees from more than 50 countries on five continents. The Valencia congress will be the twentieth celebration of this international event and it hopes to exceed the attendance figures of the previous edition.

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Valencia’s candidacy to host this meeting has been coordinated by the University Institute for Heritage Restoration (IRP) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with the collaboration of the Generalitat Valenciana, through the Autonomous Secretariat of Culture, and the City Council of the city, through the Visit Valencia Foundation, has indicated the academic institution in a statement.

Likewise, it has had the support of numerous museums and cultural centers throughout Spain, such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Guggenheim, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Museum of Fine Arts. de València, the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts or the Center del Carme Cultura Contemporània.

The congress will be divided into plenary sessions and technical sessions. The first will bring together all the participants and will be held at the Palau de les Arts de València. The more specialized thematic sessions will take place on the Vera campus of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

The appeal of the city

The head of the Paper Restoration Group of the UPV Heritage Restoration Institute and coordinator of this candidacy, Professor Salvador Muñoz, highlighted that the “attractiveness” of the venues and the city as a whole, as well as the trajectory from the university in the field of conservation of cultural heritage, have been “one of the main reasons for the success of the Valencian candidacy.”

For her part, the Autonomous Secretary for Culture of the Generalitat, Raquel Tamarit, stressed that, “from the first moment”, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports supported the candidacy. “The city has museum spaces of enormous quality and symbols such as the IVAM, the Center del Carme or the Museum of Fine Arts, belonging to the Generalitat, as well as many other museums with which it is complemented, managed by public or private institutions” , has highlighted.

“We believe that Valencia is a city of expository cultural agitation and for this reason we also collaborate in this project to facilitate that Les Arts is one of the venues that host the congress,” he pointed out.

The Councilor for Tourism and Internationalization of the Valencia City Council, Emiliano García, has valued that “it has already been shown that Valencia is a city more than prepared to host this type of congresses” and has advanced that it is intended to exceed the numbers of attendees from the last edition. “We know that the city will host this event as it deserves,” he predicted.

García has asserted that the Tourism Department of the City Council “supports and works” together with public and private administrations so that the city can host cultural events. “We firmly believe in the importance of the culture and heritage of cities as an essential product of tourist activity,” he added.

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