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    Press release from 3/16/20 | denkmal

    denkmal 2020: Bringing Together National and International Experts

    The conservation of cultural heritage is entrusted to people and companies from a wide range of sectors - from specialist manufacturers, craftsmen and restorers to volunteers and political stakeholders. From 5 to 7 November 2020, national and international experts in the field of monument preservation and restoration will gather at denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair, in Leipzig. Now in its 14th year, it will combine a vibrant exhibition with a high-calibre conference programme, which is rightly regarded as the most comprehensive training event in the entire industry.

    "denkmal is Europe's most important business, information and exchange platform for monument preservation and restoration. UNESCO acknowledges this significance and is once again sponsoring the leading European trade fair. We are already receiving an outstanding number of registrations and are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of experts from all over Europe to Leipzig in November," explains Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.

    The denkmal 2020 exhibition encompasses the entire spectrum of monument preservation and restoration. "Living Workshops" demonstrate traditional craftsmanship, manufacturers present specialised materials and tools, specialist craftsmen speak about their services and respected institutions showcase their projects. We have already received registrations from Attenberger Bodenziegel, the Bundesverband Deutscher Steinmetze, Claytec, Dachziegelwerke Nelskamp, Golem Kunst- und Baukeramik, HAGA Naturkalk, KEIMFARBEN, KRAMP & KRAMP, Kremezeit, Kremer Pigments, Remmers, Xella and Zahna Fliesen., along with many more. Interested companies are still able to secure an early bird discount, including a ten per cent discount on floor space.

    Conference programme: "German Forum for Building Culture and Monument Preservation" and ICOMOS event on archaeological World Heritage Sites

    With over 200 specialist events, denkmal is rightly considered the most comprehensive further education event for the entire industry. Visitors can once again expect a wide range of specialist lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, discussion rounds and awards this year.

    There are already solid plans for the "German Forum for Building Culture and Monument Preservation", which is being organised by the Bund Heimat und Umwelt (BHU). Here, international speakers from European local heritage associations will deliver short lectures on the topic of "Settlement and Landscape". The forum primarily serves as a forum for exchange and networking between numerous established community-based initiatives. It will also take place against the backdrop of the "Decade of Action for Landscape in Europe" (DALE), organised by the umbrella organisation of European local heritage associations CIVILSCAPE, following on from the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. The DALE establishes a thematic focus for each year. The BHU is the national coordinating body in Germany.

    To coincide with the German EU Presidency, ICOMOS Germany is planning an event on World Heritage Sites. The German Archaeological Institute, the Association of State Archaeologists in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Archaeological Association are already confirmed as cooperating partners. The event will, alongside other topics, focus on the dangers and possibilities of preservation and reconstruction. Specific issues include damage caused by war and fanaticism in the Middle East, over-tourism in Greece and Italy, and the international comparison of approaches to protection and management.

    Regions in Focus: Trade Fair Academy and 500 Years of Industrial Culture Saxony

    The Messeakademie, denkmal's student architecture competition, is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage at a regional level for its eleventh year. According to the motto "Designing in historical surroundings. Old building. Renovation. New build.", the competition explores use concepts for four historic buildings in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Brandenburg that are worthy of preservation. Students wishing to take part in this prestigious competition have until 9 April to sign up.

    Another key theme of the exhibition and conference programme is "500 Years of Industrial Culture in Saxony" - a project comprised of numerous initiatives that shed light on the state's multifaceted industrial history. Various programme points are being planned to this end. "As a leading European trade fair, denkmal is dedicated not only to international cultural heritage issues, but above all to regional projects and challenges. This year's conference programme will again cover the entire spectrum - from exciting topics at a local level to large-scale European cooperation", explains Mariella Riedel, denkmal's project director.

    denkmal & MUTEC: Unique Trade Fair Network in Europe

    MUTEC will be held in parallel to denkmal for a sixth time. The International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology is concerned with the diverse requirements of museums, archives and libraries, all of which play a decisive role in the preservation of cultural heritage. At the exhibition, national and international companies present a cross-disciplinary range of products and services from the fields of museum technology, exhibition design, visitor service, media presentation and museum infrastructure, as well as archiving and digitalisation. The conference programme features fascinating topics for the cultural sector.

    Together, denkmal and MUTEC form a trade fair network that is unique in Europe, building a bridge between the various sectors and inspiring interdisciplinary dialogue around the preservation of cultural heritage.

    About denkmal

    denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. 447 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased products and services at denkmal 2018. The conference programme featured around 200 events catering to an interested audience. The 13th edition of the trade fair attracted 14,200 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.

    About MUTEC

    The key aspects of the trade fair are museum technology and equipment, visitor service, media presentation, museum infrastructure as well as archiving and digitisation. With this broad range, the trade fair is aimed at operators of museums and collections, exhibition halls, galleries, archives and libraries. A visit is also worthwhile for architecture offices, consulting firms and museum restorers. The conference programme covers current developments and challenges in the industry. MUTEC has shared a venue with denkmal, Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation, since 2010 and has been organised by Leipziger Messe since 2016. In 2018, 105 exhibitors from ten countries exhibited at MUTEC, which together with denkmal attracted 14,200 visitors.

    Press Contact

    Mr Felix Wisotzki
    Phone: +49 (0)3 41 / 678 65 34
    Fax: +49 (0)3 41 / 678 16 65 34
    E-Mail: f.wisotzki@leipziger-messe.de



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