Workshops

The goal of HERITAS workshops is to introduce heritage research, restoration and conservation disciplines through practice, education and knowledge. Everyone interested in various practical aspects of restoration and conservation will have a chance to take part in several workshops, learning about different methods and technologies. Restorers, masters and other specialists are preparing a 2 day programme of workshops for both children and adults with a chance to personally try out various restoration processes with the help of professionals.

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Seminars

Fair HERITAS pays special attention to the seminar space, where various specialists are sharing their academic and practical insights about cultural heritage and its conservation. This year, we offer visitors of the fair a possibility to know more about various cultural heritage communities. We will concentrate on the activities of these communities – the power to recognize, preserve and adapt cultural heritage objects. Practical part of the seminar programme will be filled with presentations of relevant research, examples of successful restorations, discussions of the latest restoration technologies and practical advice for owners of real cultural heritage objects. We also focus on educators, for it is impossible to preserve heritage without education!

We hope that these seminars will offer everyone interesting, useful and thought provoking information. The seminar space is open to all!

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Tours

Tours organized during the HERITAS fair are a great possibility to get a closer look at often seen, but not yet known heritage objects. It is a great way to broaden your knowledge about heritage research and conservation. We offer you a chance to learn about the different values of heritage objects, to understand the conservation and restoration process of buildings and architectural elements better, and to uncover various secrets that small architectural details may hold.

Extraordinary objects will be open to visitors in the heart of Vilnius Old town. Visitors that are interested in architecture, history, heritage research and conservation will have a possibility to visit cultural heritage sites during the Heritas fair on 3-4th May!

Registration is needed to all the tours. Registration will open on the 15th of April.

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Document Conservation and Restoration Unit

In this educational tour at the National library document conservation and restoration unit, visitors will get a rare chance to see various damaged documents and follow their conservation and restoration journey. This journey involves many detailed steps from cleaning, physical and chemical analysis, washing, removing stains, filling missing parts with a paper pouring machine to binding.

Energy and technology museum

Guided tours to the first public electric power station in Vilnius will reveal the buildings origins, history and changes through time. When man finally learned to control electricity, life started to change and in time this change started to affect broader layers of society – from the richest, who could afford private electric power stations, to wider scientific progress applied to the needs of the whole community. Visitors will learn how this power station adapted to the ever changing needs of Vilnius and to the changing political situations in the country. A model of Vilnius general plan from 1980, also part of the guided tour, will help visitors understand, what kind of future was planned for this electric power station and for the whole city of Vilnius.

Stikliai quarter

The Stikliai quarter is a fundamental part of Vilnius historic center, Vilnius Oldtown. It is a place which has seen many rises and falls during its long history, which has faced continual construction and destruction, that changed the face of the quarter many times from the middle ages to today. Even though the usual passer-by associates the Stikliai quarter with glass blowing and other glass processing techniques (glass in Lithuanian means stiklas), it is a place that has many more stories and remembers the light parts of history, as well as dark ones. Stories from people of various nationalities or religious beliefs interweave behind the walls of this quarter, so it is not surprising to find so many traces of past epochs in the architecture of Stikliai quarter. Every street in this quarter is worth a separate story! In this guided tour, visitors will get a chance to visit Stiklių, Gaono, Žydų, M. Antokolskio and Švarco streets and hear their history as well as hear the voices of today’s community, which has come together to revive the Stikliai quarter.

The church of Blessed Virgin Mary of Consolation, 15 Savičiaus str., Vilnius

The church of Blessed Virgin Mary of Consolation is extraordinary not only because it is the latest baroque church and the only late-baroque style one-towered church in Vilnius, but also because it has never been restored to its original appearance after its structure and interiors were severely altered during the soviet period. Thus the tour of the church is exclusive comparing to the other tours of sacred places in Vilnius. The tour will be led by volunteer guides, members of Ramintoja community, who have been actively contributing to the revival of this church for more than a year. In addition to historical and architectural contexts, volunteer guides will tell more about the activities of the community, how it contributes to heritage conservation, the challenges it faces, and how it gradually develops a new identity of Ramintoja. In this tour community also seeks to draw attention to questions about how heritage objects can have various alternative uses, and to discuss ways that can help people understand and preserve heritage better. Is it the authentic elements that have survived through history, is it the restored or later created whole of the interior and exterior, or is it the alternative uses that correspond to the needs of the community?

Former Augustinian monastery in Vilnius, 17 Savičiaus str.

Late 18th century-built former Augustinian monastery is located in the intersection of Savičiaus and Bokšto streets, right next to The Church of Blessed Virgin Mary of Consolation. After the careful 5-years long restoration works which combined preservation of original interior fragments as well as uncovering of the 19th-century frescoes and old pavement the building became a new home for European Humanities University, a Belarusian university, which operates in Vilnius since 2005. Today it’s not only a heritage site, but a living and functional place to study design, heritage, social sciences, politics and international law. The histories of this vibrant place and its new inhabitants will be told by students themselves. The tour will combine observation of hidden gems of the building and its historical layers together with exploration of its new functions. Tours are planned in English and Russian.

Gėlių street synagogue

Synagogues  used to be one of the most abundant type of religious buildings in Lithuania, in Vilnius alone there were somewhere around a 100 of them. During the tour of the synagogue, visitors will have a possibility to learn more about the general building principles of Jewish religious houses and the specific features of this particular Gėlių street synagogue. Visitors will have a chance to admire old interior decor elements, plaster rosettes, also take a closer look at old texts found on the walls of the main synagogue hall. The tour will also take the visitors up to the women’s gallery, as well as to the place where the Torah was held and read. The tour will be in the same location, where in 1925 the voice of the famous cantor Moshe Koussevitzky used to unite more than 120 people for prayer.

Children Space

During the fair HERITAS a lot of attention is paid on educating children about heritage, encouraging them to learn, discover and explore. Getting acquainted with the history and heritage objects through creativity and senses is the best way to encourage the curiosity of the child, the hunger for knowledge, the desire to know and create. It is also a great way to spend time with the whole family, when seeking to know the history of their homeland and family, objects of cultural and natural heritage better, children and parents are experiencing a lot of new and interconnecting excitement. This not only acquires new knowledge, but also develops the child’s ability to overcome challenges, to solve problems creatively, to learn to understand their feelings, and parents can see and understand better what and how the child thinks, what matters and interests him.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for every child to become an archeologist, architect, painter, engineer, builder, and creator. Children, both by themselves and with other family members, are invited to take an active part in creative workshops, educational programs, excursions, games and competitions.

This is a great opportunity for all the families get more knowledge about our common heritage, to participate in creative activities, to learn more about the possibilities of active children’s leisure time, to get new ideas, to encourage children to know, discover and understand.

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