Congress venue

Digital Heritage 2013 will take place at Marseille’s architecturally stunning new waterfront museum complex (the restored Fort Saint-Jean and adjoining new MuCEM and La Villa Méditerranée), between 28 October and 1 November 2013.


The second largest city in France after Paris and the oldest city in the country (it was founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea), Marseille is now the European Capital of Culture 2013 and therefore becoming a meeting point for culture, politics and economy.
During the whole year, the region hosts over 400 cultural events, bringing together the top artists in Europe and the Mediterranean. Exhibitions, spectacles, concerts, parades, festivals, food tastings and more are hosted to represent culture in all its different forms. Overall, the aim is to highlight young talented artists from Europe and the Mediterranean.
Not only will Marseille-Provence 2013 host an exceptional program of artistic and cultural events, it is also a regional transformation that sees the openings of new cultural institutions and new architectural design projects. Nearly 60 different spaces dedicated to culture are either creating or renovating, including museums, concert spaces, exhibitions, and artists’ workshops. In Marseille, the entire seafront undergoes a complete cultural transformation, while the port welcomes more cruise ships
To establish its “Top 46 places to be” for this 2013 year, the prestigious newspaper The New York Times relied on the various events taking place throughout the world. In this sense, Marseille, with its status of European Capital of Culture in 2013, ranked an impressive high position: the phocaean city occupies the second place, right after Rio de Janeiro .
However, Marseille-Provence 2013 is not only Marseille. The European Capital of Culture 2013 unites also the Roman ruins of Arles, the medieval buildings of Salon-de-Provence, the industrial zones of Istres and Martigues, the cultural centre of Aix-en-Provence, the clay sector of Aubagne and, of course, the Greek heritage of Marseille.
As a participant of the Congress, you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy this explosion of culture, ancient as contemporary!



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International center for the dialogue and exchanges in the Mediterranean


AUDITORIUM – 400 seats
2 WORK ROOMS – 100 seats
AGORA – Stands
PLATEAU – Exhibition

The Villa Méditerranée (previously known as CEREM) is the international centre for the dialogue and exchanges in the Mediterranean, created by the local council Conseil Régional de Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
La Villa is situated on the former port terminal called the J4, alongside MuCEM. This exceptional reversed L-shaped building with spaces both above and under the sea, designed by Milanese architect and professor of urban planning Stefano Boeri, disposes work and meeting rooms, exhibition spaces as well as an amphitheater.
This building, with the support of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, aims to encourage cooperation in the Mediterranean while raising awareness of issues that affect this area – currently and in the future. Aerial and underwater exhibition areas feature a diverse program of events (including debates, performances, film screenings and concerts). Villa Méditerranée hosts cultural events, research and documentation spaces on the Mediterranean and becomes Marseille’s centre for the revival of cultural and political relationships between the Mediterranean’s different shores and cities of Europe, North Africa and Middle East.
« Villa Méditerranée is a place of thought and research that physically embraces the sea » says Stefano Boeri, « a place where the city can welcome the currents of thought and life that cross the Mediterranean ».