Innovation in Action: How Château Owners Across France Are Using Social & Digital Media to Support Vital Restoration Work
French Heritage Society is thrilled to offer this virtual event series in partnership with our Young Patrons Circle, featuring intimate chats in English with dynamic château owners. As the ongoing pandemic has derailed the guest house and events businesses that support the restoration and continual upkeep of many historic properties, creative caretakers have taken advantage of a worldwide captive audience in need of escapism. Using YouTube vlogs, Instagram posts, crowdfunding platforms, and even a British reality show, they have successfully garnered support for their mammoth projects while raising awareness of the wealth of French architectural and cultural heritage still in need of preservation.
Our sixth and final virtual chat on June 16th features Amy & Marc de Dinechin of the Château de Rosières en Vivarais, located in the Ardèche, which they purchased in 2016. Boasting a dominant position over sweeping hilled landscapes, the medieval property dates from the 14th C and was heavily fortified during the religious wars that dominated the 16th and 17th centuries. With varied backgrounds in agriculture, oenology, archeology, etc., Amy and Marc bring their broad skillset to bear as they restore period detail to the château, sensitively convert historic outbuildings into studio space for future yoga retreats, and clear vast tracts of once-cultivated land to revive vineyard activities, all with a commitment to environmental sustainability. The couple documents this journey via Instagram and their popular YouTube channel, “The Chronicles of Rosières.”
This virtual event series is free to FHS members, $15 per event for non-members or $75 for the entire series. All ticket proceeds support our mission of preservation, education, and cultural exchange.
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