In November 2013, on the occasion of European Heritage Days, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, the French Institute of Montenegro, the “Ecole de Chaillot” from Paris and the NGO “Expeditio” from Kotor, the Foundation organized a symposium entitled “Cultural heritage – between theory and practice – Montenegrin and French experience “.
Benjamin Mouton, leading historical monuments architect in France, lecturer at the Ecole de Chaillot and Vice-President of ICOMOS, held a lecture about how to preserve, restore and valorize architectural heritage. He also spoke about French expertize in this field and the training programs organized by the Ecole de Chaillot.
Participants in the discussion on the Montenegrin side were Lidija Ljesar, Director General of the Directorate for cultural heritage in the Ministry of Culture; Prince Nikola Petrovic Njegos; Anastazija Miranovic, Director of the Administration for Cultural Resource Protection; Prof. Dr. Ilija Lalosevic from the Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica; Maja Cetkovic, Secretary of the Secretariat for Culture and Sports in the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje; Predrag Lutovac, Director of the Polimski Museum in Berane Municipality; Aleksandra Kapetanovic, NGO Expeditio; Marija Nikolic, NGO Napredak; and Milena Filipovic, Project Manager in the Secretariat of the Task Force for Culture and Society in the Regional Cooperation Council.
Following the discussion in the building of the French Embassy in the former Kingdom of Montenegro, an exhibition of architectural research related to this very building was opened. NGO Expedition implemented this research activity within the project called the Ljubljana Process – rehabilitation of our common heritage. Project development was coordinated by the Task Force for Culture and Society of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC TFCS) and its implementation in Montenegro was managed by the Ministry of Culture.