What do you think and feel cultural heritage really means? Contribution of Inês Andrade. Renovar a Mouraria Association (Lisboa - Portugal)

Escrito por Inês Andrade Associação Renovar a Mouraria (Lisboa - Portugal) el . Publicado en Notícies

Only 10 years ago, Mouraria was an enclave in the center of Lisbon. The locals avoided it, the tourists ignored it. The inhabitants of this vast territory could do little to counter the bad reputation of their neighborhood, where living conditions worsened day by day. It was precisely 10 years ago that the Renovar a Mouraria Association (ARM) was born, on March 19, 2008, with a plan to overturn these barriers.

At the scale and pace of the community, ARM has since worked to improve people's lives by empowering them civically and professionally, strengthening their economic power, developing their community spirit and educating them to defend their historic heritage, cultural and human. Particularly in recent years, the ARM has been following the profound changes in the territory (the growth of tourism and the gentrification of historic areas), pressing policy makers to combat their harms and to maximize their benefits.

Colors, smells, sounds, medieval houses and narrow streets, dozens of cultures that cohabit and intersect in nostalgia for the sound of the Tibetan or kora cups. A cauldron of inheritances that makes of the people the greater patrimony of the district of Mouraria.

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Há apenas 10 anos, a Mouraria era um enclave no centro de Lisboa. Os lisboetas evitavam-na, os turistas ignoravam-na. Os habitantes deste vastíssimo território pouco ou nada podiam fazer para contrariar a má fama do seu bairro, onde as condições de vida pioravam de dia para dia. Foi precisamente há 10 anos que a Associação Renovar a Mouraria (ARM) nasceu, a 19 de Março de 2008, com um plano para derrubar estas barreiras.

À escala e ao ritmo da comunidade, a ARM tem desde então trabalhado para melhorar a vida das pessoas: capacitando-as cívica e profissionalmente, reforçando o seu poder económico, desenvolvendo o seu espírito comunitário e educando-as para defender o seu património histórico, cultural e humano. Em particular nos últimos anos, a ARM acompanha as profundas mudanças no território (o crescimento do turismo e a gentrificação das zonas históricas), pressionando os responsáveis políticos para combater os seus malefícios e potenciar os seus benefícios.

Cores, cheiros, sons, casario medieval e ruas estreitas, dezenas de culturas que cohabitam e se cruzam na nostalgia fo fado com o som das taças tibetanas ou da kora. Um caldeirão de heranças que faz das pessoas o maior património do bairro da Mouraria.

Inês Andrade
Associação Renovar a Mouraria (Lisboa - Portugal) www.renovaramouraria.pt​

What do you think and feel cultural heritage really means? #peopleplacesstories
The starting point of this proposal is a collaborative approach to the concept of cultural heritage. For those who are interested, we invite you to send us a short text accompanied by an image of what you think or feel the cultural heritage slogan “People, Places, Stories” (which, as you all know, is articulated in the Council of Europe Faro Convention) really means.

Your contributions and reflections produced by this collaborative process will serve as a starting point towards the necessary participative review of the concept of cultural heritage and will appear in the 10th edition of the “Memoria Viva” magazine to be published by the “Patrimoni Project” in July 2018.

This invitation will be open until February 25th 2018. Many thanks to everyone for your interest and participation. You can find all the details in this link

#peopleplacesstories #patrimoniuji #FaroConvention #Europeforculture

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