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Conference: Crossing Borders

Event date: 
Friday, 19 May, 2017 to Sunday, 21 May, 2017
Organised by: 
Interpret Europe
Kind of Event: 
for Professionals

Would you like to discover the medieval centre of Prague with its cobblestone lanes, cathedrals, towers and bridges? From 19-21 May, SIMID, the Czech Association for Heritage Interpretation, will organise Interpret Europe's Spring Event 2017.

In order to increase the quality of our work we are striving to cross the borders that divide us. Where could this better be done than at one of the most inspiring historical hubs of Europe?

The event will include study visits to the Historic Centre of Prague World Heritage Site. It will also encompass three keynote addresses as well as many workshops and presentations in parallel sessions. Our venue, Toulcův dvůr, is a historic farm estate turned into a modern eco centre; a natural oasis in the Czech capital.

Please have a look at the programme, follow the Call for Papers and use the online registration form for checking in.

Three keynote speakers will be happy to welcome you:
Lenka Mrázová from the UNESCO Chair of Museology and World Heritage will trigger thinking on the role of interpretation at the border of political heritage declarations and reality.

Jelena Močević, Council of Europe, will show examples how the European Heritage Days help to cross borders and will reflect what role this might play regarding heritage and identity.

Steven Timoney, University of the Highlands and Islands, will speak about the only MSc programme on interpretation in Europe and about crossing the borderline between academia and practice.


The IE spring event is organised by SIMID, the Czech Association for Heritage Interpretation. Michal Medek is the Event Manager while Helena Vičič is responsible for communication with participants. She will be your main contact.

Helena is an IE Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer mainly working as a freelancing historian and tourist guide in Slovenia. She is currently studying Interpretation: Management and Practice at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland. Contact her at

Michal teaches interpretation at Masaryk University in Brno. Among other academic credits he achieved postgraduate certificate in interpretation at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). He is a board member of SIMID and an IE Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer. You can contact him at:

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