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BBC World's "Heritage Heroes" Series Featured Aga Khan Trust for Culture


Aired on BBC World 3 July @ 0130, 0830 GMT and 4 July @ 1430, 2030 GMT
[For broadcast times in your time zone look up www.bbcworldnews.com]

For more information, please see the Heritage Heroes website.

From the Heritage Heroes Website:

"Zanzibar’s Forodhani Park was shabby and decrepit until the Aga Khan Trust for Culture decided to restore it to its former condition. The project was one of a series of investments undertaken by the organisation over two decades to revive the ancient architecture of Stone Town. In his address at the opening of the park, the Aga Khan explains to Zanzibaris why preservation of the area’s urban inheritance is so important. 'We undertake these projects in part because they can reinforce a sense of identity within proud communities, providing gateways to cultural understanding of the local citizens and visitors alike.'

The US$2.4 million restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar�s Historic Stone Town,  completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), included the restoration of the walkways, landscape improvements, infrastructure upgrading including lighting, sewage, drainage and civic amenities and the rehabilitation of the seawall fronting the Park. Photo: AKTC

"The revival of Zanzibar’s Stone Town has seen the Trust commit millions of US dollars to revive traditional building skills, create jobs and stimulate the local economy. Speaking at the end of Heritage Heroes, the Aga Khan says: 'What I’m hoping to achieve is the notion that these historic sites are potential economic and social dynamos. They are not frozen, paralysed historic assets. They are assets that can actually contribute to the quality of life of the people who live in those contexts.'"

For more information about the restoration of Zanzibar, please see the Stone Town Rehabilitation brief (PDF).

For more information about the Trust, please see the Aga Khan Trust for Culture page.

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