International Congress

The dry stone technique to world heritage

The congress is divided into four thematic areas related to the UNESCO candidature. The first section will feature the dry stone heritage of the Balearic Islands and the dossiers submitted by the Spanish autonomous communities which form part of the candidature, as well as the heritage of the eight States comprising it. The other three areas will deal with measures to provide preservation assurances for the candidature, such as the essential professional certification of the trade, the ways in which the public administrations can promote its protection and the circulation of good practices.

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The opening ceremony will take place on 26 October 2017 at the Castle of Bellver, located approximately 2.5 km southwest of the city of Palma.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Michael Mason, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

There will be musical entertainment and tasting of Majorcan cuisine.

The closing ceremony will be carried out by Jordi Bonet, director and coordinator of the work on the Sagrada Família (Barcelona) ​​from 1985 to 2012.

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Speakers confirmed to participate
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Paul Arnault

Stone mason. Consultant at Vitrolles / Department of Gap (05) - Founding President of the FFPPS (French Federation of Dry Stone Professionals).

Claire Cornu

Territorial Development Agent in the Chamber of Crafts and Craftwork of the region Provence-Alps-Cote d'Azur - Delegation of the department of Vaucluse.

Eric Vincens

Scientist. PhD in Civil Engineering - Professor of the Central School of Lyon (ECL).

Andrew Loudon

Professional Dry Stone Waller, Chief Examiner and Craft Skills Coordinator for The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

Richard Tufnell

Vice-President of the DSWA of Great Britain,  and an International Committee member of SPS, based in France.

Michael Mason

Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Jordi Bonet i Armengol

Architect. Director and coordinator of the work on the Sagrada Família in Barcelona (1985 to 2012)

Lluc Mir

President of the Majorcan Wallers' Guild

Honor council

Francina Armengol

President of the Government of the Balearic Islands

Miquel Ensenyat

President of the Consell de Mallorca

Toni Noguera

Mayor of Palma City Hall

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