Text of the speech by Lisette Narducci, mayor of the second sector and Vice-President of the General Council at the Marseille Forum on the social value of the patrimony for the company on 12 and 13 September 2013 on the site of the workers of the naval repair. Dear Mr Hirt and members of the Association of Naval Repair workers, ladies and gentlemen of the Council of Europe, the European Union, ladies and gentlemen of the elected representatives, ladies and gentlemen of the delegations of Venice, Oran , from the Seine Saint Denis, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, Thank you, Mr Hirt, for welcoming us. Here, men, workers have decided to build and preserve the memory of their work, which has disappeared, swept away by the mutations of the port. Behind their action there is a struggle, resistance. This is not a nostalgic place. It is the living history of a culture that is not in a beautiful mirror. Today, politics no longer takes responsibility for this dimension of culture, and it is precisely to talk about it that I am here with you. We have known each other for many years Mr. Hirt, I was convinced for a long time about the importance of what you have achieved with your friends. There is something going on here that concerns us all, which is a heritage within the meaning of the Faro convention. In the Convention the cultural heritage is described as “a collection of resources inherited from the past that people consider, beyond the regime of property ownership, as a reflection and an expression of their values, beliefs, knowledge and traditions in Continual evolution. This includes all aspects of the environment resulting from the interaction in time between people and places. Here we are. The District council joined in 2011 to the principles of the Faro Convention. If this membership is only symbolic (national ratification only), its implications are very concrete. The coordination of heritage and creations of 2/3 was established in the same year, applying the innovative philosophy of the Faro Convention, combining heritage preservation with participatory democracy. Its richness is due to the social diversity of its members: Active/non-active, associations, institutions, artists, academics and experts or ordinary citizens. All live in the 2/3 and thus possess “an expertise of use” real and undeniable of their neighborhoods. Everyone can recognize themselves in their members, and can feel valued by the collective actions achieved. Coordination is a driving force for the development of local democratic participation, with snowball effect: it is increasingly taking on every citizen as it is and enriching the contribution and skills of each. In the coordination of heritage and creations, we advance together, we progress together, we learn together, we diffuse together… All the actions of the Coordination Patrimoine and creation of the 2/3rd arrondissements, are part of the reflection carried out during the Faro Convention, respecting the principles of human values at the centre of the management of the cultural heritage, of Transparency and shared responsibility. They translate into the innovative ideas of the various projects that have been carried out since then.
The very local anchorage of cultural projects makes it possible to discover, manage and promote the cultural heritage very close to the inhabitants. The 2 and 3 boroughs have been the scene of meaningful historical events, and today constitute a unique cultural environment. They also benefit from important renovations or rehabilitation, especially with Euroméditerranée, which allow him to obtain a double inclination: to remember the past, while being turned to the future. The Coordination in action is the heritage walks, the backbone of the project. Since 2011, about 20 heritage walks have been carried out, hundreds of participants, numerous institutional and associative partners, a dozen companies, groupings and collectives of inhabitants. It is also the operation quartiers Libres, a project born of close collaboration between the Town Hall and the association in italics. A reflection and analysis on “What makes heritage in our boroughs” has been the basis of this project. Free quarters These are exhibitions, workshops, meetings, sensitive discoveries (of art and culture) and exchanges (of citizenship and socialization) with inhabitants and users. Since 2012, this innovative initiative proposes to be interested each year, for four years, in a district of the 2nd sector of Marseille. In 2013, the Quartier Libres project is called “TABULA RASA”, it concerns the shopping district and is part of the workshops of the EuroMéditerranée of Marseille Provence 2013. It puts into action the principles of the Faro Convention.
A new adventure is committed in 2014 with a project in partnership between the departmental library, the Transverscité Association, in italics and the District Council, in the framework of a call for research projects entitled “Intercultural practices In “Heritage institutions”, initiated by the Ministry of Culture. It brings together the heritage communities, inhabitants and associative actors of the sector. The Faro Convention has a central role in this project. The values set out in the Faro Convention stem from the idea of recognizing cultural heritage as a fundamental body of economic, social and political relations. From this point on, it is a question of establishing a democratisation of heritage management and of including in the debates civil society grouped and represented by heritage communities. The concept of shared responsibility theorizes the multiplicity of stakeholders with regard to local cultural policies and the idea of open dialogue to allow everyone to position themselves in the discussion. In the second sector these ideas were implemented as of 2011. I am proud of the work done, thus contributing our contribution and experience in the context of negotiations at European level for the official ratification of the Convention by many Member States. This testimony is proof that the theory of official texts can be transformed into concrete events and effective democratic management of heritage.
I thank those who contributed to the success of this forum, my friends and colleagues: Samia Ghali, Garo Hozvepian, the mayor of Trolles, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the General Council, Marseille Provence 2013, Hotel du Nord, the members of the Coordination of heritage and creations of the town hall, the association in italics and Monsieur Hirt and his friends.