denkmal Moscow: Heritage trade show opened by Mayor of Leipzig
(Moscow/Leipzig) Today, the Mayors of the cities of Leipzig and Moscow, Burkhard Jung and Sergey Sobyanin, formally opened denkmal Moscow – the International Trade Fair of Heritage Preservation, Restoration and Museum Technology. From Thursday until Saturday, some 60 exhibitors from five countries will be showcasing their products, technologies and services to trade visitors at the Artplay Design Center. And the expo will be supplemented by seminars, lectures and discussions featuring international experts.
"We’re delighted that the international impact of denkmal Moscow has clearly increased again. This is underlined by the fact that around half the exhibitors are from abroad as well as UNESCO’s patronage of denkmal Moscow," declared Markus Geisenberger, CEO of Leipziger Messe GmbH. The exhibitors come from Germany, Italy, France, Poland and Russia. What’s more, Poland and Germany will have official national pavilions for the first time.
As in 2011, Burkhard Jung, the Mayor of Leipzig, travelled to the Russian capital to officially open denkmal Moscow together with his counterpart, Sergey Sobyanin. "The foundations for this trade show were laid two years ago when the debut of denkmal Moscow brought about even closer cooperation between Moscow and Leipzig in the field of conservation and restoration," declared Burkhard Jung. At denkmal Moscow in 2011, the Mayor of Moscow announced that the city would be donating €250,000 to support the restoration of the Russian Orthodox St Alexei’s Memorial Church in Leipzig. And during the congress, representatives of the church, the City of Leipzig and the German Foundation for Monument Protection will be explaining the progress made on the church at their own stand.
denkmal Moscow is being organized by Leipziger Messe International (a subsidiary of German trade fair corporation Leipziger Messe) and the Moscow-based company Kultura i Nasledje (Culture & Heritage). It’s aimed at building companies, professional craftspeople, restorers, relevant public authorities, architects, planners, museums, and private, church and public developers and investors. The exhibition will cover all aspects of maintaining cultural heritage, including the restoration of buildings and cultural assets as well as museum facilities and the preservation of historical town centres, monasteries and convents, and parks.
Modelled on denkmal Leipzig
The concept behind denkmal Moscow is based on the successful denkmal Leipzig – the European Trade Fair for Conservation Restoration and Old Building Renovation, which has been held in Leipzig every two years since 1994. However, the areas covered at denkmal Moscow have been adapted to the specific needs of the Russian market. For example, denkmal Moscow will focus in particular on the repurposing of historical buildings under modern conditions.
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