Living History Events by Anna Achiola

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Living history events as the Medieval Rose Festival of Rhodes, is a recreational tool that fosters local communities' potentiality for cultural and touristic development, cultural identity creation and heritage exploitation and conservation.

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Living History Events by Anna Achiola

  1. 1. “ Heritage Care through Active Citizenship”  <ul><li>Historic Revivals and their influence on local communities </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing the Medieval Festival of Rhodes </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Historic Revivals </li></ul><ul><li>Can take the form of a huge event or festival which has the dynamic to interact with the local communities and become very important for civil societies with a great number of impacts </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Historic Revivals </li></ul><ul><li>Based on living history, </li></ul><ul><li>Include re-enactments and </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit tangible heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Living history describes attempts to bring history to life </li></ul><ul><li>Re-enactment is a type of role- play which attempts to recreate some aspects of a historical event or period </li></ul>
  4. 4. Knights’ Fighting Medieval Rose Festival
  5. 5. Gets 1997 <ul><li>Festivals are identified as one of the fastest growing forms of leisure, business, and tourism related phenomena. The economic role of events is to act as a catalyst for attracting visitors and increasing their average spend and length of stay. They are also seen as image-makers for the destination, creating a profile for destinations, positioning </li></ul><ul><li>them in the market and providing a </li></ul><ul><li>competitive marketing advantage </li></ul>
  6. 6. Historic festivals <ul><li>Intersectorial, recreational projects with an educational function, transmitting knowledge through historical reproductions of </li></ul><ul><li>a high level authenticity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Medieval Rose Festival
  8. 8. Non Profit Heritage Organizations <ul><li>Organize living history actions etc </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by volunteerism </li></ul><ul><li>Offer tourists an intangible amalgam of services and </li></ul><ul><li>experiences </li></ul>
  9. 9. Heritage Culture <ul><li>When demonstrated in historic festivals: </li></ul><ul><li>Can be reproduced by residents, who carry historical memory </li></ul><ul><li>Attracts Cultural tourists </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances dynamic relationship with the tourists and entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Helps development of intercultural dialogue </li></ul>
  10. 10. Consequent <ul><li>Historic revivals when take a form of such a huge event as a festival, have the dynamic to interact with the local communities, become very important for civil societies and have a number of impacts arose on </li></ul><ul><li>the host city . </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The Cultural Sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intercultural Dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Social Sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Image making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntarism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Environmental Sector </li></ul><ul><li>The Economy Sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Development </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Culture <ul><li>Historic festivals have the dynamic to identify a city through its culture and contribute to it in various ways, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit history and old local traditions through themed events which become major attractions for cultural tourists. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the conservation and promotion of heritage culture and monuments. </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish historical and other heritage monuments such as castles, palaces, temples etc and connect lifestyle to the host context (milieu). </li></ul><ul><li>Bring peoples of different cultures closer and help them in the discovery of common recreati onal interests. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Intercultural Dialogue <ul><li>Historic recreational events help the development of intercultural relations and dialogue with the following benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Help communities to explore common cultural heritage routes through their different cultural backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Improve civil society’s ability to deal with a more open, complex, cultural environment </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the coexistence of different cultural identities and beliefs, to highlight their co mmon heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge and look respectfully at the differences of individual and local experiences . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Image Making <ul><li>Historic festivals can function as hallmark events which can shape the image of the host community and its physical location in the mind of potential visitors and assist in the development or maintenance of community or regional </li></ul><ul><li>identity, local pride </li></ul><ul><li>and profile . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Education <ul><li>Living History events can be educational for local community and instructive for foreign visitors. </li></ul><ul><li>Give cultural tourists the chance to get to know the way a community celebrates according to its tradit ion and how that influences local people. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Voluntarism <ul><li>Historic revivals give the possibility to the local people: </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing active citizenship and enhance voluntarism </li></ul><ul><li>Have a good time </li></ul><ul><li>Dominating their motivation for personal enrichment and helping their city </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers and residents, are </li></ul><ul><li>the life and soul of the event </li></ul>
  17. 17. Environment <ul><li>Recreational historic events can vitalize the stone-dead heritage landscape and be of benefit in different ways, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage further use of that space at the end of the event and create new horizons into new perspectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the necessity for maintenance of the heritage monuments </li></ul><ul><li>Link landscape to lifestyles in simple and complex ways by introducing the h uman dimension to static spaces that become animated </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cultural Tourism <ul><li>The effects of major living history events on the touristic sector can be summarized mainly, as following: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce of mass tourism and improve the host – guest relation, by making it more effective and sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>In low touristic periods , they can stimulate the economy of local societies and lengthen the touristic season, thus reducing seasonality which can have a positive impact on national level. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw publicity and boost local community’s economy </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the development of various touristic enterprises and industry </li></ul><ul><li>R ecreational activity in and out of season for visitors and residents </li></ul>
  19. 19. Entrepreneurship and Financial Development <ul><li>Major historic recreational events have the dynamic to: </li></ul><ul><li>Support major industrial sectors and manufacturers, especially related to traditional products </li></ul><ul><li>Confluence to the development of local society, investment and entrepreneurship in sectors relative to history, tradition, culture and heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to employment generation , create business opportunities for organizers and local enterprises by broaden horizons </li></ul><ul><li>Attract new investors </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Medieval Festival
  21. 21. The “Medieval Rose” Festival <ul><li>Recreational historical event, with international cultural participations, inspired of the historic period between 1309 – 1522 when the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem administrated the island of Rhodes. It is an effort which started 4 years ago from a group of volunteers who founded the Medieval Rose Association. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Medieval Rose Festival
  23. 24. The “Medieval Rose” Association <ul><li>Is the first and only NGO in Greece not only organizing an Event at a Castle but also focusing on the History of the Castle and brought closer, the Eastern with the Western part of Europe, which is Greece & Portugal and for 2009 intents to spread the event to other Fortresses and Castles of the island of Rho des . </li></ul>
  24. 25. Arts & Crafts
  25. 26. Traditional Products
  26. 28. Customs & Practices
  27. 29. Architecture
  28. 30. History
  29. 31. Old Sports & Games
  30. 32. Gastronomy
  31. 33. Costumery & Furnishing
  32. 34. Medieval Rose Festival

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