Published On: Sat, Dec 1st, 2012

Willemstad celebrates fifteen years on World Heritage List

WILLEMSTAD - On Tuesday December 4, 2012 it will be fifteen years of Willemstad on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage. The list is a result of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, signed in 1972. In 1992 the Netherlands has ratified the treaty containing a clause which includes Curacao.

Five years later, Willemstad was already on the list. It took ten years of intensive work to get on this list and to get through the stringent requirements of the Convention.

In 1998 the so-called Interregional Committee Action Willemstad created the necessary conditions for this. Then there was only the Building and Housing Regulation 1935, which was outdated for the reality of the modern world. In addition, the effects were finally addressed by both the destruction caused by the uprising of 30 May 1969 as the fact that the buildings and the center of the city were neglected by these events.

The recommendations to put Willemstad on the World Heritage List by the evaluative committee were formulated as follows: It is a combination of the colonial era which is of high value and integrity, and the natural growth of a multicultural community over three centuries. It is also of great importance that many elements of different traditions, groups, events and techniques that has created the city are maintained.

Activities

To commemorate this historic event the “Fundashon NAAM, Fundashon Nos Kos (Our Thing), Monumentenfonds (Monument Fund) and other organizations are organizing a range of activities this weekend:

- Today, Punda Street Fair: During the Street Fair in Punda, organized by Downtown Management Organisation (DMO), there is an information booth where the public can get information between 10.00 and 16.00 and also a tour through Willemstad on foot.

- Tuesday, open house  NAAM at the Johan van Walbeeckplein 13: During the day between 09.00 and 17.00 hours some videos will be shown.

Photo exhibition: Tuesday from 19:00 there will be a celebration in which amongst other Ministers will speak on the patio at NAAM. Here, there will be photo exhibition of local photographers, maps and photos in collaboration with the National Archives.

- Next week Friday there will be a concert titled "A Time to Remember": Fundashon Nos Kos and NAAM closes with the week at the World Trade Center where at 20:00 Cedric Dandare, the first Creole jazz artist jazz, will perform an ode to Willemstad. Tickets for the concert cost 47.50 guilders and can be purchased at NAAM, Bruna and Mensing's Caminada.

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