Prague hosts European Cultural Heritage Summit on 25-27 September

The European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022 is held from 25 to 27 September in Prague, marking the 30th anniversary of the inscription of its historic centre on the World Heritage List. The Prague Summit brings together heritage stakeholders, policy-makers at all levels of governance, civil society organisations as well as heritage enthusiasts from all across Europe and beyond.



It is our wish to use this Summit as a platform to mobilise Europe’s heritage ecosystem to jointly act for a more peaceful and sustainable future of Europe’s society, economy and environment. In the face of the deplorable invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which Europa Nostra firmly condemns, we are indeed ever more convinced of the urgent need to place Europe’s common values and shared cultural heritage at the very heart of our democracies and of what brings us together.

The European Cultural Heritage Summit is organised by Europa Nostra and Europa Nostra’s Representation in the Czech Republic with the cooperation and support of the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, as part of the official programme of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is also a contribution to the European Year of Youth 2022 and the New European Bauhaus initiative. The Summit is partially funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The main events of the Prague Summit are:

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Excellence Day: Presentations by the Award Winners 2022

09.30 – 12.45 | 14.15 – 16.30
Czech Museum of Music

The Excellence Day offer the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 an opportunity to present their projects to their peers and the wider public.

2022 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

The Excellence Day will be divided into five sessions:
1) Quality Principles for Heritage Interventions;
2) Heritage-led Innovation and Digital Transformation;
3) Cultural Heritage as a Vector for Social Cohesion and Wellbeing;
4) Enhancing Intangible Heritage and the Transfer of Skills; and
5) Climate4Heritage: Empowering Climate Action and Sustainability through Cultural Heritage.

The winners will share their experiences about the success and impact of their projects as well as the challenges that they had to overcome. As such, the Excellence Day will be an outstanding opportunity to showcase and celebrate the very best practices related to cultural heritage from across Europe.

The full Heritage Excellence Day Programme can be read here.


Monday, 26 September 2022

Europa Nostra General Assembly

(only for members and associates)
14.30 – 16.30
Czech Museum of Music

The General Assembly of Europa Nostra will discuss the new Strategic Plan of Europa Nostra “Horizon 2025” and will learn more about the newly created Europa Nostra Heritage Hubs in Kraków and in Athens. Members will also handle relevant statutory matters, including the approval of the Annual Report 2021, the approval of the preliminary budget for 2023 and various (re-) appointments to the governing bodies of Europa Nostra.


European Heritage Awards Ceremony

20.00 – 22.00
State Opera

The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 will be celebrated at the iconic State Opera of Prague, which was recently renovated with financial support from the European Union. During the Ceremony, the five Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among this year’s 30 outstanding heritage achievements from 18 European countries, will be announced.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Martin Baxa, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, who is also Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Culture; as well as of Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, will act as the master of ceremonies.

The full Programme of the Ceremony can be read here.


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

European Heritage Policy Agora “For a Value and Culture-Driven Europe”

09.30 – 13.00 | 14.00 – 16.30
Žofín Palace

The Prague Summit will culminate with an engaging full-day debate addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing the heritage ecosystem in Europe, such as the need to mobilise forces and voices in solidarity with Ukraine’s endangered cultural heritage, the role of cultural heritage in fostering peace and solidarity within our societies, and the values of beauty and sustainability for an inclusive green transformation.

The Policy Agora will benefit from contributions from a wide variety of public and private heritage stakeholders, policy-makers at all levels, young heritage professionals and cultural actors.

Among the high-level contributors are Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Vlastislav Ouroda, Vice-Minister for Cultural Heritage of the Czech Republic; Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine (remotely); Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions (remotely)Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens; and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. We shall also share important video messages by Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, and Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon.

The Policy Agora, organised in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and District Prague 1, is a contribution to the European Year of Youth 2022 and the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra is a proud civil society partner.




24-27 September 2022

The Future is Heritage Summit
On the occasion of the European Cultural Heritage Summit in Prague, a four-day capacity-building event for young heritage students and professionals is organised by the initiative “The Future is Heritage”, coordinated by Dutch heritage organisations, in cooperation and with the support of Europa Nostra and ESACH – European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage. More information here.



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