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SHARP 2014 held in Antwerp

The 22nd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Antwerp (Belgium), Wednesday 17 September through Sunday 21 September 2014. The programme takes place primarily at the University of Antwerp, in the old centre of the city, but includes events at different venues of book historical interest as well as preconference workshops/tours and excursions.

Intermediary results restoration Ghent Altarpiece

On 20 June 2014, the conservation-restoration team, along with professors from the University of Ghent and Leuven, put forward the intermediary results for the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent.

Launch of 'The Great War Centenary (2014-2018)' website

Poppies I by Charlotte Wasteson, Flickr

As part of its commemoration project on the First World War, the Flemish government launches www.2014-18.be. The new website houses information about activities and news about the commemoration. It also provides a platform to professionals and enthusiasts, enabling them to come into contact with each other and exchange information, ideas or tips.

Pieter Bruegel, UNESCO and Intangible Cultural Heritage

In the most recent issue of the International Journal of Intangible Cultural Heritage, published in English and in Korean in the summer of 2014, special attention is devoted to Flanders.

Intangible Cultural Heritage: Moving out of the Shadow

ICE (with the E from Erfgoed or hEritage) is the Dutch abbreviation of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’: a 21st-century catch phrase that is here to stay. The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) has initiated a worldwide movement. After ten years, the text has been adopted and ratified by no less than 159 states.

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Flanders. Perspectives, policies and practice

The Arts and Heritage Agency publishes a new booklet about safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Flanders. It contains more information about:

- Context: Flanders and/in Belgium
- Cultivating a vision on ICH
- A facilitating government
- Experimenting with 'heritage communities'
- Combining ICT & ICH in a tool for inventory making, networking, sharing and learning
- An ICH-network to support (heritage) communities
- Global challenges

Ensor Research Project presents new updates

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), which possesses the world's largest and most varied collection of work by James Ensor, recently added some new articles to its Ensor Research Project. The museum strives to become the leading centre of expertise in art-historical and material-technical research into the oeuvre of this Belgian artist.

Musea Brugge Research School

The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the first edition of its museum research school in 2014-2015.

Belgian beer culture requests UNESCO recognition

Together with her colleagues of the German- and French-speaking communities of Belgium, Flemish minister Joke Schauvliege submitted an application to UNESCO, asking to include the Belgian beer culture on the 'representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity'.

Apostle Altarpiece Geel placed on the Topstukkenlijst

The Minister of Culture for Flanders, Joke Schauvliege, has placed the Saint Dimpna Church's Apostle Altarpiece in Geel on the Topstukkenlijst (List of Masterpieces). The Topstukkenlijst contains engaging aspects of cultural heritage of the Community of Flanders that enjoy a privileged protection.