Green Heritage Story

The Green Heritage Story welcomes the artists Sarah Spitzer from Germany and Pitiwat Somthai from Thailand to interpret the biological cultural heritage in connection to Kulturens Östarp, a cultural reserve in Vombjsösänkan in the south of Sweden. The residency is part of ARNA's art project Växande historia in which a total of 11 artists are presenting art happenings outdoors in during the Biosphere festival in Vombsjösänkan 10-18 September 2022. We are looking forward to many new stories about the interaction between humans and nature as it is formed through a growing history.


Photo: Kulturen i Lund by Pär Connelid

About - the biological cultural heritage

Biological cultural heritage tells a story with man as an actor, it is our green heritage history. Since the story is conveyed by something living, it is in the nature of things that a biological cultural heritage is in constant change - it can be short-lived but it can also survive for centuries, perhaps for millennia. 

The Swedish National Heritage Board describes the biological cultural heritage as a living archive that carries stories about man's way of using nature and that connects history and biology, man and nature.

For preservation of both natural and cultural heritage we need more interpretations to visualize our human history as an interaction with nature.
Link to scientific article about biological cultural heritage

Photo: Kulturen i Lund

About - Kulturens Östarp

Kulturens Östarp is a unique open-air museum and one of two cultural reserves in the region of Skåne. It is located in a rolling and scenic landscape in the southwestern parts of the Vomb Basin. Kulturens Östarp is part of the older village Östarp which has been known since 1530. Around Kulturen's Östarp are older farm environments and a small broken agricultural landscape with small fields, meadows, fences and grazing cows that are reminiscent of old-time farming. Unusual meadow flowers and wild bees mingle here with old landraces of many animal species. The area is owned and managed since 1924 by the museum Kulturen i Lund.

About - Vombsjösänkan is on the go to become Sweden's eighth UNESCO biosphere reserve

Rich natural and cultural values form the basis for the collaboration between three municipalities to develop a Unesco biosphere reserve in Vombsjösänkan. Biosphere reserves are model areas for sustainable develpment through testing new ideas and creating cross-sectoral collaborations. ARNA's vision for Vombsjösänkan is for it to become an international model area for how the cultural dimension of sustainability contributes to new thinking and innovation for a sustainable future. Read more about the biosphere development on its website. Click on "translate" in the lower right corner for English.

The ARNA-project Växande historia with Green Heritage Story

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