From February 27 to March 1, 2017, Plovdiv hosted an international event of great importance for the cultural heritage of the city, chosen for European Capital of Culture in 2019. Members of one of the most prestigious organizations – the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) and scientists from Bulgaria, Italy, France, Greece, Tunisia, Syria, Spain, Great Britain and North Macedonia took part in the International Symposium “Conservation and Restoration of Mosaics”, which was held at the House of Culture “Boris Hristov”.
Among the participants stood out – Roberto Nardi – Director of the Center for Archaeological Conservation in Rome and President of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), Gaël de Guichen – Honorary President of the International Committee for Mosaic Conservation, Advisor to the Director General of the International Center for Research on Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Sites (ICCROM), Elena Kantareva-Decheva – Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at AMTII Plovdiv and Head of the restoration of mosaics at the archeological site of the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis, Ivan Vasilev – founder and CEO of the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Amelia Gesheva – Deputy Mayor of Culture and Tourism of Plovdiv.
The main topic of the symposium were the modern achievements and challenges in the field of restoration and conservation of mosaics. A topic, especially relevant for the city of Plovdiv currently in connection with the intensive work at the archaeological excavations of the “Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis”. A wide range of topics related to the effective management of such sites in the context of culture and tourism were discussed by leading international experts and scientists who presented data and analyses of good world practices.
You can find more information about the keynote speakers, as well as download the full program (in Bulgarian) here.