New Port Center in Dunkirk

 Culture and identity 

Last Saturday, 4th of July, the Port Center of Dunkirk (France) opened its doors to public for the 1st time. The process started 2 years ago, with the support of the main partners, the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Port Authority, ACMAPOR association (Association for the creation of a home for port life and traditions) and the Port Museum. The new Port Center is located in the Port Museum and its exhibition is based on 7 topics: the identity the port, ships, goods, men, territory, prospects and opening to the world. The new space with 240 sqm. will be main point for the port-city-citizen relationship.

Dunkerque Port Center

Ports celebrate the international day of archives

 Culture and identity 

Usually rich in historic documents but often not so well known by the general public, port archives are gradually gaining more attention. Several ports have prepared special events and content to celebrate this day. The port of Barcelona (Spain), has prepared a guide to teach people to organize their own memories. The Archive of the port of Tarragona (Spain) also prepared special guided tours to show the public the relevance of their work. Port archives are a source of rich, historical content that can be disclosed and exhibit in innovative ways to establish a link with citizens, as the port of Dublin (Ireland) is doing with an attractive dedicated website and its director explains in this video.

Diario el Canal, Archives of Port of Tarragona, Port of Tarragona, Port of Dublin Archives, Video

Dublin Port presents a play on the social connection between port and city

 Culture and identity 

The play “In our veins”, commissioned by the Port of Dublin, explores the life story of a docker and their family through 100 years of Dublin City. The play was initially featured at the Abbey Theatre in April 2019 and will be available on Dublin Port’s YouTube channel starting June 8th for one week. This initiative is part of the Port Perspective program, which allows artists to respond to the built environment, local areas, history and context of the city’s port.

Dublin Port , YouTube

Spanish ports against the Covid-19

 Culture and identity 

In Spain, the port of Cartagena has announced an investment of €100k for educational, cultural, sanitary and social projects close to the port environment. Also in Spain, the Port of Barcelona also announced that it will activate the maximum investments to accelerate the post Covid-19 recovery, prioritizing those considering the social, environmental and economic criteria. The Port of Santander has also decided to concede the Embarcadero Palace for solidarity action, from the regional food bank. In Valencia, the Port’s solidarity organization has also increased its actions, responding to the social demands, focusing on food donations. Finally, in the cultural agenda, the Port of Tarragona organized two online events, the “Un mar de peixos” and “Quiz”, including hands and crafts activities and competitions with children, and a quiz to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the port museum in the international days of Museums.

Diario el canal – Cartagena, Portal Portuario – Barcelona, Cantabria Liberal – Santander, Levante EMV –  Valencia, Port of Tarragona

Oslo: a guide to integrating the Port with the City more effectively

 Culture and identity 

At the turn of the 20th century, a wealth of possibilities opened up for urban development both in and around the port of Oslo. A global plan was put together, to ensure the various facilities concerned were aesthetically coherent, whether in terms of signage, roads, the colour of cranes or silos, etc. The plan, created under the aegis of the city of Oslo, brought together the main stakeholders, including the Port itself, local businesses, and others. The aesthetic guidelines ensured a consistent appearance for the port promenade, which now runs along a 9 kilometre stretch of waterfront, while also helping to better integrate the active port.

Port of Oslo