Promotion of intangible heritage as a tool to strengthen revitalisation of historic centres: the case of de Monumenta Programme in the City of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State) Brazil

Fariña Tojo, José and Oliveira Lima, Sabina de and Pimenta, Margareth A. (2015). Promotion of intangible heritage as a tool to strengthen revitalisation of historic centres: the case of de Monumenta Programme in the City of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State) Brazil. In: "4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage", 21-23 septiembre, Lagos, Algarve. Portugal. ISBN 978-989-8734-08-2. pp. 283-293.

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Title: Promotion of intangible heritage as a tool to strengthen revitalisation of historic centres: the case of de Monumenta Programme in the City of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State) Brazil
Author/s:
  • Fariña Tojo, José
  • Oliveira Lima, Sabina de
  • Pimenta, Margareth A.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Event Dates: 21-23 septiembre
Event Location: Lagos, Algarve. Portugal
Title of Book: Sharing Cultures 2015 Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-989-8734-08-2
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The preservation of tangible cultural heritage does not guarantee effective revitalisation of urban historic areas as a whole. The legacy of our history consists not only of paintings, sculptures, architectural monuments and public spaces, but also the safeguarding of immaterial aspects of social life, such as oral traditions, rituals, practices, knowledge and craft skills. From 1999 to 2013, 26 Brazilian cities benefited from the Monumenta Programme - a national cultural policy that involved institutions, the private sector and the local community. The purpose of the programme was to stimulate economic growth and increase cultural and social development of the historic centres. Moreover, it sought to increase the number of residents in the benefited areas as defined in its agenda (IDB, 1999; MinC & Programa Monumenta, 2006). Using the Historic Centre of Porto Alegre as a case study, this paper examines how this cultural programme enables demographic change through the promotion of intangible cultural heritage, e.g. by supporting educational projects. The demographic flow was analysed using the microdata of the Populations Censuses (years 2000 and 2010) available from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. The results showed an increase in low-income residents the areas that participated in the programme. This increase may have been motivated by a set of cultural-educational projects under the auspices of the Monumenta Programme. The retraining of artisans of Alfândega Square, the training of low-income youth for restoration work and the implementation of the "Black Route Museum in Porto Alegre" (Bicca, 2010) are just some examples of what was done to improve the local community's economy, to encourage social cohesion and to enhance the awareness of cultural diversity as a positive and essential value in society.

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Item ID: 38273
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/38273/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:38273
Official URL: http://sharing.greenlines-institute.org/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 03 Nov 2015 13:30
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 10:23
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