After such inspirational and fulfilling web conference this year, we could not stop thinking about next year’s gathering, where the magic of interaction and spontaneity can happen again and where we will feel the revealed power of the community towards its heritage. After all, aren’t we interpreters agents for change within communities? How can we build stronger relationships among the diversity of communities that come into an exchange within heritage sites?
Under the theme ‘Recreating tourism through heritage interpretation’ we will merge heritage interpretation with sustainable tourism in order to offer unique opportunities along the tourist service chain to both locals and visitors.
We are very pleased to announce that the next Interpret Europe conference will be held in Sigüenza, Spain from 1-4 October 2021. Everything you have come to expect from an IE conference – inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops, study visits related to our theme, parallel sessions, a very eye-catching venue and an incredible heritage to discover – can be taken for granted! Will you be ready to spread your wings and join us in a very promising gathering?
Very close to Madrid, and among narrow valleys in the region that Don Quixote lived his best adventures and misfortunes we find the small town of Sigüenza, in the province of Guadalajara within the Castilla-La Mancha region. A mixture of medieval, renaissance, baroque and neoclassic essence where a fortress-palace in the form of a castle will hold us: the Parador de Sigüenza.
Our venue is surrounded by heady and uplifting cultural landscapes. The “black architecture villages” so-called for the use of slate creating unique constructions, the rural Alcarria district or the aromatic views of lavender across acres and acres of countryside are just a few brushstrokes of the whole picture. A land of shepherds, hook-men, fishermen and traditional agriculture and textile industry form a vibrant location together with Alto Tajo Natural Park and its extensive system of canyons and river gorges declared as a Geopark by UNESCO.
We will keep you all informed in the following months regarding the call for papers, how to register and other important information to plan your attendance, such us where you can stay or how to arrive. Soon the website will be available and we will be ready to bring the best out of it to the back of your backyards.
The countdown is on, and we would love to receive any of your suggestions or comments on the IE Conference 2021 to [email protected].
Nuria Mohedano is IE’s Event Manager, having previously acted as the Tourism Coordinator. She can be contacted at: [email protected].