The forum Industrial Archeology – the Live City in the Context of Modern Concepts on Cultural Heritage in Plovdiv was held on 20 June 2017 by the initiative of Plovdiv 2019 Foundation and hosted by Galaxy Investment Group. The good European examples how business, local authority and industrial sector are in partnership in the operation of old industrial buildings were presented at a discussion on the future of the Tobacco City.
„Exposing the archaeological heritage is an important topic because it makes part of the authenticity of a city. We see that Plovdiv is increasingly becoming a center for both business and art and culture. That's why we are sure that each company deciding to work here needs to engage in the challenges of the city and to do its best in order to contribute to its development. Our cultural heritage and the way we preserve and add value to it are key factors in defining Plovdiv as an attractive place to live, work and visit”, commented the manager of the host company Konstantin Boyadzhiev. Galaxy Investment Group is the first big investor in the Tobacco City to open its doors for such a discussion.
A speaker of the event was Emanuele Kurti - archeologist and cultural manager from Matera - Italy. He shared some examples of successful exploitation of antique buildings in Italy. For example, in Rome, the abandoned building of an old railway station is exploited, which has become a modern market for local products with restaurants. The public library in Bologna is back to a new life, and an unusable cinema in Milan brings together tourists and guests of the city. In the city of Schio, a fabric factory is used both for offices, residence and for holding exhibitions and events, the expert illustrated. These are just a few examples of buildings where business, culture, history and art coexist and develop in parallel. Cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, is a valuable resource for economic growth, employment and social development, and a driver for the cultural and creative industries, the hosts and the organizers of the discussion agreed.