FARO. Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage
FARO. Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage (FARO. Vlaams steunpunt voor cultureel erfgoed vzw) is a not-for-profit organization that supports the sector of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Flanders and is subsidized by the Flemish government. The Flemish Minister of Culture is responsible for the implementation of the cultural heritage policy. The functions of FARO are defined in the Cultural Heritage Decree and the interface centre is supervised by the Flemish Ministry of Culture.
The Flemish Cultural Heritage Decree is inspired by models and visions developed in the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Council of Europe, 2005). A ‘(cultural) heritage community’ “consists of organizations and people who value specific aspects of cultural heritage, which they wish, within the framework of public action, to sustain and transmit to future generations.” It is one of the main assignments of the new interface centre to develop and translate the ideas which are presented in the Faro Convention for the Flemish cultural heritage sector.
FARO is housed in building De Priem, in the heart of Brussels.
The name ‘FARO’
The word ‘faro’ has the same meaning in several different languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese), namely ‘lighthouse’. It refers to Pharos, an island that used to be just off in front of the coast of Egypt where one of the Seven Wonders of the World could be found namely the lighthouse of the same name.
The objectives of FARO
FARO’s aim is to strengthen and support the cultural heritage field in Flanders (museums, archives and libraries and several other heritage organisations). We develop also communication and outreach initiatives for the public, like the yearly Heritage Day (Erfgoeddag). Heritage Day is held annually on the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays. During this event heritage institutions and activities can be visited free of charge. Heritage Day is one of the biggest events for heritage in Flanders.
FARO is interested in cultivating contacts with other institutions and organizations at home and abroad to develop (inter)national programmes, projects, networks et cetera. Exchanges are also possible.