Fifth International Biennial Conference of Indian Heritage Cities Network will be held from February 2 to 4 in Bhubaneswar. The Odisha state government, Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation and Unesco, New Delhi, are jointly organising the three-day conference on the theme – Role of Culture and Heritage in Urban Sustainability. The event will take place at Infosys Campus, Infocity, Patia, Bhubaneshwar. The event is being organised in association with Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Odisha Tourism, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Culture, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and KIIT University.
The conference is aimed at highlighting the linkages between culture, heritage and traditions with the development issues of cities in India and around the world. It is also the purpose of the conference to highlight the recognition of heritage as an asset- tangible, intangible and living heritage for socio economic development, preserving the urban identity and environment, attracting activities and visitors as demonstrated in schemes launched in the recent past by the government such as Smart Cities. It will also provide a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences and recent advancements made by cities to harness their heritage assets for sustainable development. It is hoped that the event will encourage building partnerships between cities, institutions as well as professionals for mutual benefit and sharing of experience in the field of Culture and Heritage based sustainable urban development.