European Year of Cultural Heritage

The purpose of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 is to encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of common history and values and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

The general objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage are “to encourage and support the efforts of the Union, the Member States and regional and local authorities, in cooperation with the cultural heritage sector and broader civil society, to protect, safeguard, reuse, enhance, valorise and promote Europe’s cultural heritage” (Decision (EU) 2017/864 of the European Parliament and the Council of 17 May 2017).

Europa Nostra wishes to actively engage its members, associates and supporters as well as citizens from all over Europe to make this Year a true success! Read on and find out what is happening during the Year and how you can get involved.

Official website of the EYCH 2018 in all EU languages, including latest news, the possibility to subscribe to the official newsletter and access and download promotional material, such as videos, factsheets and brochures (in several languages).

Official logo and slogan ‘Our Heritage: where the past meets the future’

The logo is available in all EU languages as well as for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Kosovo, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia (associated countries).

Events taking place during the EYCH 2018

  • See the highlights from all over Europe
  • See the country pages to find events in one particular country
  • See our CALENDAR with a selection of key events with a European dimension organised by Europa Nostra, its main partners and EU institutions
  • See also the calendar with events organised by members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3

How is the Year organised at European level?

The European Commission is implementing the European Year of Cultural Heritage together with a Stakeholder Committee, composed of 36 selected organisations, including Europa Nostra and members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, and also with national coordinators appointed by each Member State of the European Union and participating countries.

The Year was launched officially at the European Culture Forum in Milan on 7-8 December 2017. Europa Nostra, together with several members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, contributed to the launch.

How to receive the label of the Year for your events and initiatives

European initiatives and projects can receive the label of the EYCH 2018 (the right to use the logo and the slogan). As a selected member of the Stakeholder Committee, Europa Nostra can award the label to cross-border initiatives of its members. Are you a member, partner or associate organisation of Europa Nostra and contributing to the European Year of Cultural Heritage? Let us know by filling in the online form and receive the official label for your initiative!

For events organised at national, regional or local level only, the organisers should contact the national coordinator in their countries to obtain the label. General information about the labelling of events is available here.

What are Europa Nostra’s core activities and events and how can you get involved?

European Cultural Heritage Summit on 18-24 June 2018 in Berlin

This Summit, with the motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, is one of the key public events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme. The Summit will engage and mobilise a wide range of stakeholders for an ambitious European Agenda and Action Plan for Cultural Heritage.

The main events are organised by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), all of which will co-host the Summit, on 21-22 June. Additional events will be organised by European and German partner organisations on 18-20 June and/or 23-24 June.

  • All information about the programme, registrations and speakers is available here.

Special edition of the European Heritage Awards

As a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards put special emphasis on the European added value of the selected heritage achievements. The 2018 winners will be announced on 15 May.

  • Promote the winners of the Awards 2018 in your country
  • Celebrate the winners with us at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 22 June in Berlin
  • Join the celebrations in your country for the local award ceremonies that will take place from June to December throughout Europe

5th Anniversary of the 7 Most Endangered programme

The 7 Most Endangered programme is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2018. On this occasion, a conference will be organised in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute and local partners on 23-24 October in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2018 were announced on 15 March.

  • Join the campaign to save the most endangered heritage sites in Europe

#Ode2Joy Challenge

On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invite all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge.

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In addition to these selected flagship initiatives, Europa Nostra is working on a wide of range of activities and cooperating with diverse partners to contribute to the European Year.

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