2012

MINISTER OF CULTURE FOR ROMANIA MEETS WITH MICHAEL CARRINGTON
31 October 2012 - Bucharest
The Minister for Culture, HE Puiu Hasotti met with Michael Carrington to discuss development of an Archita Master Plan establishing of a National Heritage Conservation Area.
The Minister was supportive and the Master Plan will now be developed jointly between the Ministry of Culture and The Ministry of Tourism.


U.S. AMBASSADOR VISIT
22 October 2012 - Archita, Transylvania
Visit by U.S. Ambassador and Mrs. Mark Gitenstein to see restoration works.

FLORENCE, Italy
July 2012
Trustees meet with the Deputy Mayor of Florence and the Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli in Florence July 2012 to discuss the September UNESCO Landscape Conference.

ICONOGRAPHY EXHIBITION RECIFE-BRAZIL
April 2012
The exhibition by two Brazilian artists, Newton Alves and Timoteo, will be held at the Bishop of Recife and Olinda's Palace in Recife. The exhibition
lasts for 10 days and is jointly sponsored by The Foundation and the Hydro Electric Company of North East Brazil, CHESF. The exhibition will be opened by the State Governor of Pernambuco.



STRUCTURAL CONSULT ROMANIA, a JV Partner of Associatia Maria Nobrega
January - Archita
Staff members visit Archita to develop EEC Cultural Grants Programme


2011

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE WORLD BANK FORMS ALLIANCE WITH POLITECNICA FLORENCE
July - Florence, Italy
The Traditional Knowledge World bank has developed an alliance with the Architectural and Engineering Consortium, POLITECNICA, Florence.
POLITECNICA is to sponsor the establishment of the on line data base and to provide IT and in house staff to develop the system. This alliance represents a major advance in our progress toward a global data base of traditional knowledge.


2010

IMAGINÁRIA E SUA ICONOGRAFIA
September - Joao Pessoa, Paraiba (Brazil):

The Foundation is to Co-Sponsor with The Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the State of Paraiba State, an exhibition of the art of Newton Alves and Timoteo ''A Imaginaria e sua Iconografia''. The exhibition is to be held in Convento Sao Francisco, Joao Pessoa, the State Capital of Paraiba, from 17 to 29 September, 2010. The exhibition will include
Master Classes in Iconography for students from the University of Paraiba and lectures and art classes for local school children.

VILLAGE FESTIVAL FOR RESTORATION WORK
August - Archita, Transylvania (Romania)


The Asociatia Maria Nobrega's restoration of the the von Sternburg House and park of the village of Archita was celebrated on August 7-8 in events hosted by the Mayor of the Vinatori Comune. This includes dances, food, fireworks, and folk exhibits. More details


INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE
May - Florence, Italy


The Institute was formally established with a vote of the Bagno A Rapoli Council followed by an address by Professor Francesco Bandarin (UNESCO - World Heritage Center in Paris)
Dr Vandana Shiva (background) is the First Honorary President Emeritus of The Institute. She is pictured at right with Mr Pietro Laureano, founder of the Institute. Mrs Elizabeth Tsakiroglou was elected by the Executive Board as the First International President of the Institute

CARDINAL ARCHBISOP OF SAO SALVADOR TO MEET WITH THE CHRM OF ODEBRECHT SA BRASIL
May - Bahia Salvador, Brazil


Following discussions between Elizabeth Nobrega de Araujo Tsakiroglou, Michael Carrington and Jose Lima, Communicacao of Odebrecht SA Brasil and the Curia of Salvador Bahia, The Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia, Geraldo Majella Agnello is to be received for luncheon by The Chairman of Odebrecht, Sr Emilio Odebrecht at the end of May. The purpose of this informal meeting is to discuss, inter alia, the restoration of the Cathedral Basilica of Sao Salvador da Bahia. Odebrecht are the largest construction company in Brazil, with worldwide interests, and have a long tradition of significant support to cultural heritage. The President of Fundaco Maria Nobrega has been invited to attend

CATHEDRAL WORK IN PROGRESS
May - Bahia Salvador, Brazil


A workshop for European university students will be held in Bran, Romania. Discussion will focus on ways in which cultural heritage can be revitalized. (photos)

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP
May - Bran, Romania


A workshop for European university students was held in Bran, Romania. Discussion focused on ways in which cultural heritage can be revitalized. (link)

MINISTER OF CULTURE - BRAZIL
April - Brazil


Elizabeth Tsakiroglou meets with Sr. Juca Ferreira, Minister of Culure in Bahia Salvador

UNITED NATIONS DESA ACCREDITATION
April 2010


The Foundation received fully accreditation as a member of the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs (link) - April 2010

AGREEMENT IN TRANSYLVANIA
March - Sighisoara, Romania

The Asociatia Maria Nobrega [Romania] is pleased to announce the signature of a 25-year Concession Agreement with The Lutheran Consistoriu of Sighisoara/Schässburg and Diocese of Sibiu/Hermannstadt to restore the Martin Kelp von Sternberg House in Archita, Mures County, Transylvania.
Father von Sternberg was the parish priest of Archita from 1722 until his death in 1770. He was responsible for re-building the church after the fire of 1747 and was greatly revered in the 700-year-old village. The von Sternberg House occupies a central position adjoining the fortified church and the village green in Archita, and has suffered much decay over many years. It is the aim of the Associata to restore the building to its original design and to re-establish its presence as the central focus of village life.

NEW TRUSTEES APPOINTED
March - London

The Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of 3 new Trustees, with effect from the 1st March 2010:
Mrs Sue Douglas is a former Editor of the Sunday Express and a Director of Conde Nast Vogue magazine.
Mr Iain Renwick is a former CEO Liberty plc and Chairman Liberty Japan. He is also a Director of HRH The Prince of Wales commercial enterprise, Traditional Arts Ltd.
Mr Costas Sakellarios is Chairman and CEO Pisani Group.
The Board of Trustees consider that these new appointments will bring fresh vision, experience and impetus to the work of the Foundation worldwide.``

FIRST HONARARY PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Dr Vandana Shiva (background) is to become the First Honorary President Emeritus of The Institute. She is pictured at right with Mr Pietro Laureano, founder of the Institute.

ROMANIA-ITALY COLLABORATION
February - Florence

Alex Carlsson, Project Director of the Nobrega Asociatia (Romania), met in Florence with Mr. Pietro Laureano to discuss possible 'traditional knowledge' information sharing between experts in Romania such as Prof. Ion Ghinoiu and the TKI.
Lft - Pietro Laureano and Dr. Shiva's [see comments on agriculture on youtube and interview with Bill Moyers (PBS)]
Rt - Mrs. Elizabeth Tsakiroglou
Pietro Laureano (TKI), Alex Carlsson (Nobrega), and Giulia Dagliana at Ipogea offices, Bagno di Ripoli
Von Sternberg House (left in old print) and today in photo (more)
Sr. Juca Ferreira, Minister of Culture,
and Sra. Elizabeth Tsakiroglou
Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia, Geraldo Majella Agnello
Lft to Rt: Michael Carrington, Mayor Luciano Bartolini, Pietro Laureano, and Paolo del Bianco signing ITKI documents (photos)
Home
Making by students of the "Archita Cow" for celebration on Aug 7-8, 2010
Videos describing the Traditional Knowledge World Bank:

What is the TKWB

and
TKWB Google Earth
Florence, Italy
With the artists 'Newton Alves and Timoteo' at the reception to open the iconography exhibition in Recife