CULTURAL HERITAGE IN ACTION: Catalogue of 32 local and regional success stories on cultural heritage just published!

Within Cultural Heritage in Action, the EU-funded peer-learning programme for cities and regions, Europa Nostra together with four other consortium partners have just published an online catalogue of 32 local heritage practices from 23 countries, which are innovative, inspiring for other cities and regions, and have a real impact on the ground.

Following an open call for good practices, the Cultural Heritage in Action Consortium, has gathered 32 examples of innovative practices focus on participatory governance, the re-use of heritage buildings and the quality of interventions on cultural heritage.

The introduction to the catalogue features a powerful message by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. In it, Commissioner Gabriel recalls that “Investing in cultural heritage is strategic for cities and regions; it supports greater social cohesion and citizens’ participation (…) What can be learnt from their experience? Can best practices be transferred to other local contexts?,”. she recalls.

Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, ranks high in the strategic priorities of European cities and regions. From large-scale projects to small models, from structures to events, investments in cultural heritage are powerful for urban regeneration, for territorial cohesion and for social inclusion.

Stories from the catalogue highlight new working methods developed by local and regional authorities together with heritage stakeholders. You will also find out that adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is not only for cultural uses and that built heritage areas are increasingly brought back to citizens through new open public spaces.

Among the success stories included in the catalogue are several initiatives that received the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, such as the Cultural Community-Mapping initiative Commonlands in Val Grande National Park (Italy), 2019 winner; the rehabilitation project of the Cultural Palace in Blaj (Romania), 2017 Grand Prix laureate; the education, training and awareness-raising project Adopt a Monument (Finland), 2016 Grand Prix laureate; the digitisation project Hermes: Hermoupolis digital heritage management (Greece), 2015 winner; and the historical landscape El Sénia ancient olive trees, 2014 winner.

The catalogue was prepared in the framework of Cultural Heritage in Action, an EU peer-learning programme for local and regional policy-makers and practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience on cultural heritage. Cultural Heritage in Action is managed by a Consortium led by EUROCITIES with Europa Nostra, KEA, ERRIN and Architects’ Council of Europe. The project is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Enjoy reading our catalogue and be inspired by all local and regional success stories!

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