Indo-Spanish project to boost Ahmedabad’s cultural heritage

The joint project that began in December 2013, was designed to create new enterprises in cultural heritage ecosystem of Ahmedabad and around.

Written by Lakshmi Ajay | Ahmedabad | Published: April 13, 2016 2:53 am

The three-year-long EU funded project of ‘Cultural Heritage and Management Venture Lab’ that links Ahmedabad and the Spanish city of Valladolid will see launch of a best practices manual for management of cultural heritage for use both in India and European contexts soon. The joint project that began in December 2013, was designed to create new enterprises in cultural heritage ecosystem of Ahmedabad and around.

“We have set up an Ahmedabad Cultural Heritage Cluster (ACHC) and the Ahmedabad Heritage Venture Lab in Ahmedabad to create a heritage ecosystem. We are currently mentoring 13 start-ups in the heritage conservation sphere along with technological and technical start-ups at the incubator at Ahmedabad University called Venture Studio. We will nurture these cultural ventures that look at both built-up heritage and intangible heritage and are expecting a few of them to commercially launch by August this year. Both these entities will ensure the continuity of this project and we will be coming up with a best practices manual in management of cultural heritage in both the Indian and European context,” said Gilbert Nazareth, EU Project Coordinator at CHM, Ahmedabad University.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a networking event titled ‘Policies & Legal Framework for heritage Conservation & Technologies in Conservation’ hosted by the Heritage Department of AMC on Tuesday at the Sardar Patel Bhavan here. The project is a result of a sister city agreement between Ahmedabad and Valladolid signed in the year 2000.

A one-week study trip of various stakeholders, policy makers, students and mentee will be conducted in Valladolid next month to study Cultural and Heritage Management- European Practices. The ACHC has done a socio-cultural analysis of the cultural heritage ecosystem of Ahmedabad and drawn up an action plan for the city. The ACHC is also expected to study the models of Kutch-based NGO Khamir and West Bengal-based social enterprise Banglanatak.com to understand how to work closely with artisans and cultural heritage to improve the lives of the local communities will also be undertaken, averred Nazareth.

Even as the project ends in June 2016, it will be extended by another 3 months. “The main aim of this project was to create culture-based economic system and sustainable economic development in and around Ahmedabad through a largely ‘heritage-based economy’. Currently the membership of the ACHC is more than 40,” said PKV Nair, Deputy GM of the Heritage Cell of the AMC.

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