The Brittany Region chose 2018, the “European Year of Cultural Heritage”, to hold the Les rencontres internationales du patrimoine maritime & littoral, an international event devoted to coastal and maritime heritage, on 1 and 2 October. These two days of conferences and round table discussions aim to bring people together and fuel discussion at the Palais du Grand Large in Saint-Malo. Key issues include safeguarding and passing on tangible and intangible heritage to young generations as well as making sure it can contribute to the attractiveness and the sustainable development of local areas in the future. Thus, this event is a not-to-be-missed meeting for public institutions, associations, and private individuals due to the fact that international speakers will be present.
Maritime heritage has always been the witness of time and space diversity in the narrow connection between Man and the sea and is a key identity indicator. Nonetheless, due to financial cuts from local authorities and the government as regards the management of their land and buildings, land pressure, port facility development and natural environment deterioration, this heritage is threatened.
Values – Commitment – Innovation
Aware of these constraints and changes, in recent years, the Brittany Regional council of Brittany launched action plans and issued a call for projects for the maritime cultural heritage. As a result, numerous private and public projects emerged from these initiatives, thereby showing that the commitment for cultural heritage can produce sustainable economic growth and serve as a powerful driver for local development and tourism. These initiatives also revealed the strong Breton’s commitment to defend and support their region as well as showcase their remarkable skills and ability for innovation.
But the challenges are not over yet!
Shall we be impressed? The Brittany region is located in the West of France and boasts France’s longest coastline spanning 2,700km, 800 islands and small islands, 100% of its villages are located at less than 80km from the sea, more than 100,000 jobs are linked to sea-based activities. Brittany also has a maritime regional natural park, 2,000km of coastal hiking trails, etc.
The aim of this two-day event is to talk about our own practices, share original working areas already explored by public and private institutions, associations or private individuals, in order to join forces and look at heritage differently and develop strong partnerships to defend their identity. OUR identity.
Vice-President in charge of Tourism, Heritage and Waterways for the Brittany Region