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Caribbean Conference - Willemstad, Curacao
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The 3rd Caribbean Conference of National Trusts and Preservation Societies

The 3rd Caribbean Conference of National Trusts and Preservation Societies will be held in the world heritage city Willemstad, capital of the island of Curaçao. The conference is hosted by the Curaçao Heritage Platform and will be held from November 16th until November 19th.

Emphasising the importance of heritage and its conservation, we aim at bringing together stakeholders, heritage professionals and enthusiasts in November 2017.




Keynote speaker Gustavo Araoz
President of ICOMOS

Keynote speaker Peggy Leshikar-Denton
Director of the Cayman Islands National Museum

Keynote speaker Michael de Sola
Managing Director Maduro & Curiel’s Bank

Keynote speaker Arno Boon
Director of BOEi the Netherlands

    Keynote speaker Victor Marín-Crespo
    ICOMOS Cuba Vice-President

    Keynote speaker Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
    Principal Partner BedfordBakerGroup

      Terence Suthers
      Heritage Management

      Annefleur Siebinga
      Urban consultant

      Anne Witsenburg
      Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba

      Amy Victorina
      Archaeologist at National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management

      Nirvana Persaud
      CEO at National Trust of Guyana

        sir Henry Fraser
        President Emeritus Barbados National Trust

        Tara Inniss
        Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies (UWI)

        Peter Chandler
        Director at Chato Design Studio

          Vincent Jacot
          Tourism development consultant

          Michael Newton
          Managing Director at Newton Heritage Consulting

            Rob van den Bergh
            Managing Director Curconsult

            Dimitri Cloose
            Director at NAAM

            Bharat Bhojwani
            Managing Director at The Curacao Financial Group

            François van der Hoeven
            Secretary at Foundation for Maritime Archaeology Curaçao (STIMACUR)

            Marcel Dennert
            Director of Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao

            Richenel Ansano
            Anthropologist, heritage consultant and transcultural healer

              Ergo D. Cijntje
              Chairman at Stichting Restauratie & Behoud Slavendorp Savonet

              [ PROGRAM ]

              5:00 – 8:00 PM | Pre-Registration

              5:00 - 8:00 PM | Pre-Registration

              Pre-registration in the lobby of the Renaissance Resort

              Informal Welcome Reception at the Riffort Wall

              7:00 - 9:00 PM | Informal Welcome Reception at the Riffort Wall

              Please enter through the Renaissance beach area to access the fort wall. Make sure to register in the lobby first as you need your badge to enter - Registered participants only, dress code casual

              B01 Registration

              7:00 – 8:30 AM - Registration at the Atrium in the Renaissance Resort

              B02 Official opening & welcome

              8:30 - 9:15 AM | Welcome Remarks & Official Opening

              B03 – Gustavo Araoz – Keynote speaker

              9:15 - 11:00 AM | Gustavo Araoz - Keynote - ICOMOS in the Caribbean

              Araoz will emphasise on the importance of collaboration of Caribbean heritage professionals through ICOMOS  

              B04 Introducing Willemstad UNESCO World Heritage city

              Michael A. Newton - Willemstad World Heritage City

              Old Willemstad consists of several distinct historic districts, reflecting different eras of colonial town planning and development. The urban and architectural development since the 17th century will be briefly explained      

              B05 Dimitri Cloose

              Dimitri Cloose - History of Willemstad’s Harbor

              Willemstad developed as a port town, so the harbour itself is part of the World Heritage site. The history of the port will be reviewed, also in relation to other Caribbean port towns.

              B06 Lunch & harbor tour

              11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Willemstad Harbor Tour by boat (incl. lunch)

              Gather in the lobby. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, light clothing and sun protection. A bottle of water will be provided upon departure.

              B07 Start of underwater heritage sessions

              2:00 - 5:00 PM | Session: Underwater Heritage & Archeology

              B08 Keynote speaker Peggy

              Peggy Leshikar-Denton - Keynote - Caribbean Underwater Cultural Heritage: Past, Present & Future

              The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and Caribbean case studies.  
              B09 Presentation by Amy Victorina

              Amy Victorina - Archaeology of Historic Willemstad

              Curaçao has a vast range of heritage that spreads over a period span of more than 5000 years. This heritage is constantly under threat by developments. For managing the old city an update of the Cultural Heritage Map of Curaçao is necessary.    

              B10 Coffee break 16 – PM

              Coffee Break

              B11 François van der Hoeven

              François van der Hoeven - The use of the Curaçao research submarine for Caribbean maritime archaeology

              In 2016, Substation Curaçao, went on a special mission to explore the underwater world around Dominica with the Curaçao owned, based and operated Research Submarine (CURASUB) and submarine tender RV Chapman. The Foundation for Maritime Archeology Curaçao (STIMACUR) was invited to join the expedition.

              B12 Q & A sessions

              Q & A session with speakers

              B13 Official Opening Reception at the Governor’s Palace

              5:45 - 8:00 PM | Welcome Reception at the Governor's Palace in Fort Amsterdam

              Please be ready in the lobby at 5:45pm. There will be a short guided walk to the location. This activity is for registered participants only! Dress code is business attire - this means for the men jacket & tie or guayabera with dress pants and for the ladies a suitable dress or ensemble.     

              C01 08:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Session: Branding & Marketing of Heritage

              8:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Session: Branding & Marketing of Heritage

              C02 Keynote Branding & Marketing Heritage Sessions

              Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace - Keynote - Caribbean Heritage and the Tourism Industry

              There are many examples of successful heritage branding and marketing programs that will be used to illustrate the tools and techniques that deliver the value that the destination is seeking.

              C03 Tara Inniss

              Tara Inniss - Networking the Brand: The OAS, Heritage Brand Development and The Caribbean Heritage Network

              3The Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN) is one part of a OAS-funded multi-phase project entitled, Enhancing the Socio-Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean to provide institutional support and strengthening for heritage development in the Caribbean region. This presentation focuses on some aspects of the programmes that relate to marketing and branding Caribbean heritage while also providing participants with an overview of the networking opportunities available through the CHN.

              C04 Annefleur Siebinga

              Annefleur Siebinga - Making heritage matter

              How can you get stakeholders in the tourism industry, and also the local community, involved and interested in heritage. And what makes a heritage site successful.    

              C05 FRI AM Coffee Break

              Coffee Break

              C06 Peter Chandler

              Peter Chandler - Creating Your Unique Selling Proposition

              Branding is about creating an identity for a company or product. In marketing, a perceivable difference between products should be recognisable. In selling heritage it is the same. A Unique Selling Proposition has to be created.  
              C07 Vincent Jacot

              Vincent Jacot - Remember the Alamo! Building Heritage from a Neglected Space

              In 2011, Texas’s state government gained control of the Battle of Alamo site. A large redevelopment project was set up. This presentation will use the example of the touristic utilization of the Alamo to explore various best practices.  

              C08 Questions & Answers with speakers

              Questions & Answers with speakers

              C09 Lunch

              12:00 - 1:30 PM | Lunch & Poster Presentations

              Lunch at the Renaissance accompanied by different poster presentations.    

              C10 Financing Heritage Preservation Sessions

              1:30 - 5:00 PM | Session: Financing Heritage Preservation Sessions

              C11 Michael de Sola – Keynote speaker

              Keynote - Michael de Sola - Financing Heritage

              The local Maduro & Curiel’s bank financed various heritage conservation projects on Curaçao. The Managing Director of the bank will give his personal point of view.

              C12 Rob van den Bergh

              Rob van den Bergh - The Rise of Pietermaai and the Establishment of Pietermaai District in Curaçao

              In a time-span of about 15 years an old rundown district changed into a lively neighborhood. Now it is a cozy, nice place with bars, restaurants and students hanging around. What was behind the revival of this district? What was the economic impact of this development?

              C13 Bharat Bhojwani

              Bharat Bhojwani - Preserving Heritage through a Real Estate Fund

              When talking about built heritage funding is often a problem. When investors see possibilities, funding will become easier. A new heritage real estate fund will be launched on Curaçao.

              C14 FRI PM Coffee Break

              Coffee Break

              C15 Terence Suthers

              Terence Suthers - Money follows Ideas! - Contemporary Approaches to Success in Funding and Sustaining Heritage Preservation

              The speaker will illustrate by reference to three successful but very different small to medium scale heritage projects in Yorkshire, UK, how various funds were attracted because the ‘value added’ ideas behind the projects were sufficiently compelling, whilst at the same time being highly likely (and have since proven) to command sufficient visitor footfall and/or other means of generating earned income to be economically self-sustaining thereafter.

              C16 Anne Witsenburg

              Anne Witsenburg - Financing Heritage Conservation in Aruba: How to survive without subsidy?

              Government funding for heritage preservation is very limited. An insight will be given into how the Monumentsfund Aruba handled the following key questions: Where is the money? And how to get a hold of it? How to use your monuments as an asset? How to get investors interested?

              C17 Q & A sessions

              Questions & Answers with speakers

              C18 17.30 – Cocktail party

              5:00 - 8:30 PM | Sunset Cocktail & Plantation House Dinner Reception

              The buses will depart from the lobby at 5:10pm for a sunset cocktail at Fort Nassau. At 6:30pm we will arrive at Landhuis Bloemhof for a dinner reception and art exhibition at this historical plantation house. The buses will depart there at 8:30pm to return to the hotel - dress code casual.  

              D01 Morning walk through historic Otrobanda

              8:00 - 10:00 AM | City Trip Part 2 - Walking Tour Otrobanda

              Gather in the lobby. Please wear comfortable shoes, light clothing and sun protection. A bottle of water will be provided upon departure.

              D02 Start sessions adapative re-use

              10:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Session: Adaptive Reuse of Built Heritage

              D03 Arno Boon – Keynote speaker

              Arno Boon - Keynote - Adaptive Reuse

              About the practice of reuse and value increasement in the Netherlands:  the application on the former hospital in Willemstad (Curacao). BOEi is a Dutch national institute for restoration and re-allocation of cultural heritage.

              D04 SAT AM Coffee Break

              Coffee Break

              D05 Fraser – Historic Preservation

              Sir Henry Fraser - Historic Preservation and Adaptive Re-use in Barbados - Successes and Failures, Secrets and Gremlins

              Examples of very old adaptive re-use in Barbados will be presented. Followed by examples of tragically lost historic treasures, of success stories, and of a number of failures, where the Barbados National Trust and public opinion have failed to achieve the goal of preservation. Finally, examples are given to illustrate both successful methodology and failed efforts, including some of the “gremlins” that operate to frustrate the goals of preservation and appreciation for our patrimony.  

              D06 Marcel Dennert

              Marcel Dennert - Adaptive Re-use; A matter of Agility

              The Foundation of Heritage Preservation on Curacao has restored many buildings during the past decades. Often a solid business case formed the basis for the architectural approach in restoring the respective buildings. However, (partly) due to economic malaise we have seen businesses change locations. The final result has been an increase in empty buildings in the city center. A fresh approach to the functional and design aspects of restoration is pleaded for.

              D07 Q & A Saturday

              Questions & Answers with speakers

              D08 Lunch saturday

              12:30 - 2:00 PM | Lunch

              Lunch at the Renaissance    

              D09 2:00 – 4:15 PM | Session: Adaptive re-use of built heritage – continued

              2:00 - 4:15 PM | Session: Adaptive re-use of built heritage - continued

              D10- Victor Marin

              Victor Marín-Crespo - Keynote - Preservation & Creativity: Adaptive Reuse for Old Buildings

              Cuba has initiated large conservation projects in Havana during the last decades.Buildings got different functions. Often a positive adaptive re-use, sometimes less successful.  

              D11 – Nirvana Persaud

              Nirvana Persaud - Adaptive Re-use for Sustainable Heritage Preservation: A focus on Built Heritage in Guyana

              The presentation will focus on the notion of adaptive reuse, which is not a new concept as there are a few successful examples in Guyana including hotels, cafes, offices, cultural spaces, as a continued viable method of sustainably preserving Guyana’s heritage.  

              D12 SAT PM Coffee Break

              Coffee Break

              D13 Richenel Ansano & Ergo D. Cijntje – Savonet: A case study in planning sustainability

              Richenel Ansano & Ergo D. Cijntje - Savonet: a Case Study in Planning Sustainability: Negotiating Experience and Frameworks in Community Based Heritage Preservation

              A case study in planning sustainability: negotiating experience and frameworks in community based heritage preservation. Although Curaçao never became a traditional Caribbean plantation colony, it does have a rich legacy of countryside estates tied to a slavery past. The Savonet plantation is an important example. This presentation looks at how the slave houses pertaining to the plantation's history is envisioned as a community-based heritage site, aimed at economic, environmental and architectural sustainability, as well as youth participation. Regional examples and international frameworks are examined.

              D14 Q & A Saturday afternoon

              Questions & Answers with speakers

              D15 Closing

              4:15 - 5:00 PM | Announcements & Closing Remarks

              D16 Farewell Happy Hour

              5:45 - 8:00 PM | Harbor View dinner at Restaurant 'De Gouverneur'

              We will depart from the lobby at 5:45pm for a short walk down the waterfront to a beautiful 18th century building for dinner, with an amazing view on the harbor and floating bridge - dress code is casual. For those who want to keep going, after dinner drinks in town on own are strongly recommended at the Pietermaai district.

              Optional Western Plantations Tour

              9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Plantation Tour west side of the island

              The nomination process has started to place a series of plantations in western Curaçao on the UNESCO World Heritage list. On Sunday there is an optional tour to three of these plantations, under the guidance of local heritage scholars. Plantation house Savonet is one of the very interesting stops on this tour, building on the presentation on Saturday about it. Another highlight of the tour is a visit to Plantation Knip, currently in use as a museum dedicated to local historical hero Tula. The tour includes bottled water and a simple boxed lunch. There is limited capacity, so make sure to sign up at the registration desk. Participation is US$ 30.- per person.

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