The project aims to identify, recognize and regenerate this experience and make a community-based inventory of available tangible artefacts. In line with the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH Convention), this project aims to safeguard cinema culture and its community-building potential as intangible cultural heritage via cross-border dialogue and to raise awareness on the issue at the local, national and international levels. The Convention defines intangible cultural heritage as “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.” According to this definition, the intangible cultural heritage has three major components: a practice (action dimension), a community of people (social dimension) and a cultural environment (spatial dimension). If we are to apply those dimensions to cinema-related activities taken as cultural values, the activity and experience of cinemagoing meet the 1st dimension, historic cinema venues in Adana meet the 2nd, and social context of cinemagoing and cinemagoing as a community-building activity meet the 3rd dimension. Cinema is an art form that is shared by and among generations.
3 specific objectives related to the overall objective are defined for the project:
a. to raise awareness, especially amongst the youth and European civil society, on the cultural heritage value of historic cinema venues and experiences in Adana,
b. to share experience and knowledge between institutions in Belgium and Adana operating in the field of intangible cultural heritage with a special focus on historic cinema venues and cinemagoing experiences,
c. to produce creative content documenting and endorsing historic cinema venues and cinemagoing experiences as intangible cultural heritage.
“Dialogue for Cinema as Cultural Heritage: Identification, recognition and community-based inventory of cinemas as the intangible cultural heritage in Adana via cross-border dialogue” is supported under the “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU–II (CCH-II)” implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the financial support of the European Union. The “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU–II (CCH-II)” aims at promotion and enhancement of common cultural heritage activities implemented in partnership between Turkish and EU organizations. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is responsible institution for the technical implementation of the Grant scheme Programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the Contracting Authority.
Project Title: Dialogue for Cinema as Cultural Heritage: Identification, recognition and community-based inventory of cinemas as the intangible cultural heritage in Adana via cross-border dialogue
Funded Under: Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and dialogue between Turkey and the EU-II (CCH-II)
Grant Agreement ID: TR2016/DG/03/A2-03/260
Project Duration: 15 months
Start Date: April 1st, 2021
Applicant: Flying Balloon Children and Youth Association (Turkey)
Co-Applicants: University of Antwerp (Belgium), Çukurova University (Turkey), Ghent University (Belgium)
Associates: Adana Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey), Sabri Şenevi Sinema Evi (Turkey)