What is ‘Cabanyal Archivo Vivo’?
CABANYAL ARCHIVO VIVO is a project proposed by the association Esfera Azul and its aim is to highlight the values, identity, memory and heritage of Valencia’s neighbourhood El Cabanyal through the tools of culture.
Initially CABANYAL ARCHIVO VIVO is a group of actions not only in the real world but on the Internet. The first of them, Let’s Talk About El Cabanyal, is a collection of more than a hundred people testimonies that express their personal experience, their memories regarding the neighbourhood El Cabanyal, and they are available on the Internet to show the El Cabanyal oral tradition richness throughout time and the different generations of its inhabitants and visitors. In the pedagogical sphere, Playing and Learning with El Cabanyal is a recreational tool for children, so that they can learn about the architectural and cultural heritage of the neighbourhood through the game. Cabanyal. Cultural Heritage, Citizen Participation and Initiatives of Future is a series of round tables with experts in architecture and heritage preservation and the neighbour associations that develop actions of future in El Cabanyal. Finally there are two artistic projects: Virtual Drifts in El Cabanyal, various proposals originated from geolocation concepts, and The Most Beautiful Beach, a special edition of the magazine ‘la más bella’ (the most beautiful) with the collaboration of 25 national artists of international relevance.
Education, training and awareness-raising
“In giving an award to the “Living Cabanyal Archive” in Valencia the Jury underlined the importance of citizens’ initiative in recognizing their responsibility for cultural heritage at an urban, or street, level as well as on a higher architectural and social scale. The project shows in an exemplary way the possibilities of raising awareness of the important historical waterfront of Valencia by promoting sustainable town planning through cultural identity and participation.”
The Living Cabanyal Archive is a project with the fundamental aim of creating awareness in the community about the value of the historical, social and artistic heritage of the Cabanyal area of Valencia. This neighbourhood finds itself in a process of deterioration and in grave danger of disappearing due to the demands of town planning. The Living Cabanyal Archive is made up of a series of interventions which have taken place since 2011: a series of publications; a website http://www.cabanyalarchivovivo.es/ ; and the participation of the neighbours as well as the residents of the rest of Valencia and its region.
The interventions occurred in different cultural areas, for example in education; anthropology; art; new technologies applied to art and entertainment; theoretical reflections on art; and participation in town planning issues. This project, initiated by the Cultural Association Ésfera Azul, has benefited from economic subsidy from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and from the collaboration of specialists in different fields, as well as neighbours, associations and local organizations.