The event, coordinated by Lead Partner Prato Textile Museum, will take place both live and streamed online, with the participation of stakeholders, experts and exponents of the whole project’s partnership.
On Wednesday 22 June (9am-1pm) 'Transferring creative and sustainable practices for the T&C sector across the Mediterranean' Final Conference of the project will be held at the Prato Textile Museum premises.
Co-funded by the Interreg MED programme, the project involved 6 partners from 5 European countries and worked to test the transfer to Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina and France of non-technological innovation models in the textile and clothing sector, developed from 2016 to 2019 - within the framework of the previous CreativeWear project - by several partners based in Italy, Greece, Croatia and Spain.
The conference is intended to be an opportunity to introduce the different transferring experiences of collaboration and commitment in the territories involved, implemented by the partners with specific aims such as promoting a model of valorisation of the textile heritage, intended as a source of inspiration for the contemporary revival of local craft weaving, as happened in the Portuguese region of Alentejo thanks to the collaboration between the University of Evora, the association Passa Ao Futuro and the Prato Textile Museum.
The promotion of waste recycling models in the textile industry for the creation of innovative and sustainable products and the support of production techniques such as upcycling, were the core concepts of the activities developed in Zepce (Bosnia-Herzegovina), thanks to the collaboration between the local partner Zepce Development Agency and Arca Consortium partner from Italy, while the Prisme Cooperative, active partner in the Montelimar area in the South of France, worked on encouraging the involvement of young and very young people towards an awareness of the ecology-textile production theme, promoted through artistic creation with the support of the Greek partner Cre. Thi.Dev.
A specific session of the conference will also be devoted to illustrating how the CreativeWear project and its testing best practices and models have in the following years made it possible to develop new projects in various European programmes, including Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and ENI CBC MED.
As a side event of the conference, an exhibition of a selection of the final works realised as part of the project will also be inaugurated, which - in addition to the beautiful local Portuguese wool panels - will also include prototypes of collaborations between companies, artists, fashion and design schools and local communities in the other areas, including clothing prototypes made by upcycling from textile waste. The exhibition will remain open to the public until 24 July 2022, following the opening hours of the Prato Textile Museum
The conference will also be available live streamed on the Museo del Tessuto's Facebook page and YouTube channel and on the CreativeWearPLUS project Facebook page.
Participants are invited to register for the event by filling in the relevant form at the following link:
Please find below the detailed agenda of the event