Cultural Heritage Leading Urban Futures

ROCK Open Knowledge Week
27-30 October 2020


ROCK invites you to join its Open Knowledge Week, a virtual journey and interactive online experience.

Cultural heritage and the cultural sector have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But this moment has also become an opportunity to rediscover how heritage and cultural activities have vital importance for keeping our cities alive, and beyond, how cultural interactions are at the core of the wellbeing of our societies.

Over the past three years, ten ROCK citiesAthens, Bologna, Cluj-Napoca, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Liverpool, Lyon, Skopje, Turin, and Vilnius – have been developing innovative solutions that demonstrate how cultural heritage can be the driving force behind urban sustainability. Together with service providers and knowledge brokers from among project partners, they have tested and advanced numerous tools and approaches aimed at shaping sustainable, heritage-led urban futures. At the ROCK Open Knowledge Week, they will share their results, lessons learned, and best practices.

The Open Knowledge Week will replace the ROCK conference, which was originally scheduled to take place on 14-15 May in Bologna but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participation in the ROCK Open Knowledge Week is open for everyone and free of charge. The event will take place online. Watch this page to know when registration will open.

The Open Knowledge Week will bring together local governments, businesses, policy makers, and researchers looking for new ways in which cultural heritage can contribute to the regeneration, sustainable development, and economic growth of entire cities.

Despite physical distancing, it is even more important now than ever to meet and exchange with colleagues and partners. During the ROCK Open Knowledge Week, you can count on a high level of interaction and networking. You will be able to engage with other participants in chat rooms, answer polls, raise your questions and concerns in a dedicated Q&A space, leave your ideas on a brainstorming whiteboard, and much more.

Please contact us at in case of any questions regarding the ROCK Open Knowledge Week.