Partners and Stakeholders coming from Italy, Germany, Finland, Poland and Greece met in Torino (Italy) on the 6th and 7th November 2018 to join the 1st Interregional Workshop Meeting of Finch Project organised and hosted by Regione Piemonte, Project Lead Partner.
The meeting has been structured in three moments:
- field visit
- presentation of good practices (including that shown during the "field visit") and relevant experiences and models of conservation, restoration, valorisation and management of cultural heritage selected by the hosting partner on its territory
- peer review exercise amongst partners of the practices presented
The field visit, hosted by the italian Stakeholder Group member “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella” (Bank Foundation) was held in Biella and dedicated to the cultural hub "Il Piazzo”: a cultural site made up by three neighbouring historical palaces – managed and owned by public and private actors – and now designed as a single space where “culture and education come to life”.
The meeting proceeded with the presentation of further territorial practices:
- those presented by the hosting Lead Partner and related to assets owned and refurbished by Regione Piemonte with public funds: Exilles Fortress - a defensive fortified structure of millenarian history, designed to host permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as cultural events since its opening to the public in 2000 - and Callori Palace, a courtly home of XVIII century located in the heart of “Piedmont Vineyard Landscape” recognized by UNESCO (2014). Both premises are now object of regional procedures aimed at involving private actors in managing/financing issues in accordance to regional cultural enhancements projects.
- the project "OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni" presented by “Fondazione CRT” (Bank Foundation) “ - a former XIX century industrial site in the heart of Torino refurbished and redeveloped with Fondazione CRT's funds as an international hub for artistic experimentation, scientific, technological and industrial research;
- “Compagnia di San Paolo” (Bank Foundation) exposed characteristics and aims of its institution, which is adopting, protecting and financing enhancement cultural resources made up of different kinds of goods, activities and functions, from museums to the performing arts, from cultural places to the great attractors of the territory;
- “Consulta per la Valorizzazione dei Beni Artistici e Culturali di Torino”, a sponsoring consortium of 31 private companies and associations of Piedmot territory engaged in the valorization of local cultural heritage projects, presented their latest sponsorship dedicated to the artistic work realized in the Royal Palace Gardens in Torino - in relation to the refurbishment of the Holy Shroud Chapel, which was severely damaged by a fire in 1997.
The meeting also included the introduction to the partnership of the first draft of the “Living document on financial instruments and regulatory frameworks for the introduction of partnership with private sector” realised by the Advisory Partner University of Torino in collaboration with the German partner Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt: this document, core element of the Finch Capitalization Step (step 2), has stimulated the discussion and provided useful suggestions from project partners on how to further develop it.