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Regional Restoration Camps

Participants who take part in the Regional Restoration Camps follow a rigorous but fulfilling schedule combining theory with hands-on restoration work on historic monuments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo or Serbia. Each intervention directly helps local residents by teaching them to use traditional materials and techniques to repair their valuable buildings and by providing a new way of understanding, interpreting and revitalizing them. During the Camps, participants stay in accommodation on site, attending lectures in the morning and working to complete a hands-on restoration project on a historic building in the afternoon. Lectures are conducted by professional conservators and professors who come from prominent local and international institutions. Works on site are guided by a master crafts person, who teaches techniques and ensures that the restoration work is of the highest quality. At the end of the Camp, participants are evaluated on their knowledge of the lectures and their work on site, and they also evaluate their Camp experience.

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  • 11.03.2016

    30-th Regional Restoration Camp an inspiring experience

    30-th Regional Restoration Camp an inspiring experience

    For two weeks, September 18-30 was held in Berat the 30-th Regional Restoration Camp, supported by AADF. 30 students and young professionals of architecture and cultural heritage led by lecturers from Sweden, England, Italy, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, gathered to share their knowledge, on topics such as Conservation of cultural heritage, Wood and stone in historical structures, Restoration of frescoes, Economic benefits of preserving heritage and Theories of heritage interpretation. The participants, assisted by the fully experienced masters of Berat, were able to put into practice the knowledge they gained. They had the same devotion ever since the first day while working on arched gates, fallen plaster in Gorica-s historic houses and damages frescoes at Saint Trinity Church involving as well local people and tourists in this inspiring experience.

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  • 08.17.2016

    New themes and locations for 28-th and 29-th Regional Restoration Camps

    New themes and locations for 28-th and 29-th Regional Restoration Camps

    The Regional Restoration Camps of CHwB -Albania reached for the first time the cities of Krujë and Shkodër. With the support of the AADFand other partners, 23 young professionals and 9 academics and trainers from the Balkans and Europe, got together in Krujë to study and practice “Arts and traditional crafts” during the 28th RRC and analyzing “Heritage Interpretation & Management” during 29th RRC in Shkodra.

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  • 06.01.2016

    The 27th Regional Restoration Camp in Gjirokastra

    The 27th RRC, held in Gjirokastra from 15-28 May, 2016 was the first of an enlarged RRC program that features cooperation between and the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and CHwB Albania.  It was successfully completed by 29 participants,  21 of which Albanian participants and  the rest coming from Croatia, Greece, Kosovo and the US.

  • 10.04.2015

    Regional Restoration Camps

    Regional Restoration Camps

    In October 4th, 2015 AADF signed a three party agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Culture Heritage without Borders for implementing the Regional Restoration Camps, a three-year project aiming to improve restoration and conservation skills in young graduates. In the next three years, more than 400 students from all over the world, half of them Albanian, will learn and apply some of the most recent vernacular techniques in restoration. Using traditional methods and materials, students – under the supervision of some of the most recognized authorities in the field – will restore actual monuments of culture, objects, and other artefacts. The end result will be to employ 3-5 of these graduates in their field of expertise.