The European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 in Venice is organised by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage – with the support of the European Union and in collaboration with other European and Italian partners. The Summit is held under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Programme

Programme Flyer in English & Italian

 

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

 

10.30 11.15 Press Conference
Venue: Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square
With the participation of high-level representatives from Europa Nostra and its main Italian NGO partner based in Venice – the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice and for registered media professionals. 
This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.

11.50 – 12.15 Ringing the Bells for Peace & Heritage
Venues: in the entire city of Venice, including St. Mark’s square, and in heritage sites across Europe
This initiative will mark the UN International Day of Peace and the launch of the Venice Summit, stressing the pivotal role of the safeguarding of cultural heritage for peace building and vice-versa. This initiative will also seek to underpin our wake-up-call to ensure a sustainable future for Venice and its Lagoon, and for other endangered heritage sites in Europe and beyond. Read more & Join this initiative

This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.

14.00 – 15.00 Heritage in Motion Awards Ceremony 2021
Venue: Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square
This event will honour the winners of the Heritage in Motion Awards 2021, a multimedia competition celebrating the best examples of innovative multimedia and digital projects on themes related to Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. It is organised jointly by Europa Nostra, the European Museum Academy and Europeana.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

 

10.00 – 12.45 | 13.30 – 15.00 “Endangered Venice & its Lagoon: How to Build Back Better?”
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

This initiative is organised by the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice in collaboration with Europa Nostra and with the contribution of other Italian member organisations of Europa Nostra and local NGOs concerned. It will provide a platform for heritage, civic, academic and economic voices to propose constructive, feasible and concrete solutions for a more sustainable future for Venice. It will also seek to lay the foundations for a wider European response and joint action to save Venice & its Lagoon, which Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute declared – already in 2016 – as THE most endangered heritage site in Europe.
This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.
Simultaneous interpretation in English, Français, Italiano.

18.30 – 20.00 HIGH-QUALITY BAUKULTUR! A high-level debate on Baukultur
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
This event is organised by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in collaboration with Europa Nostra, as a contribution to the dissemination of the Davos Baukultur Quality Principles. The Ministerial panel will be composed of Mr. Alain Berset, Swiss Federal Councillor for Home Affairs, Ms. Anne Katrin Bohle, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, and Ms. Isabel Pardo de Vera, Spanish State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. The Ministerial talk will be introduced by a keynote speech by Sir David Chipperfield, world-renowned architect and winner of a EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award as well as of two European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.
This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.
Simultaneous interpretation in English, Français, Italiano.

20.00 – 21.30 Evening Reception hosted by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore


Thursday 23 September 2021

 

10.00 – 13.00 Roundtable “Mobilising the Transformative Power of European Foundations for the Benefit of Cultural Heritage” (upon individual invitation only)
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
This roundtable is organised by Europa Nostra in collaboration with the European Investment Bank Institute. It will build on initial discussions with private foundations held in cooperation with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation ahead of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It will also seek to ensure a follow-up to the workshop on complementary funding sources for cultural heritage organised in January 2021 by the European Commission (Directorate General for Education and Culture).

17.00 – 19.00 European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2021 CEREMONY BOOKLET
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
The ceremony is co-hosted by the European Commission and Europa Nostra to celebrate the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 and of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2021. During the ceremony, the four Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among this year’s 24 winning achievements from 18 European countries, will be announced.
The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will include a video message by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and an address by Prof. Dr Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. It will be accompanied by a musical programme performed by musicians of our trusted European partner, the European Union Youth Orchestra. The masters of ceremony are Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, and Alberto Toso Fei, renowned Italian journalist, writer and historian. 

This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.
Simultaneous interpretation in English, Italiano.

19.00 – 20.30 Reception in the honour of the 2021 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

21.00 – 22.00 Concert for the Future of Venice – Special Music Performance by the European Union Youth Orchestra
Audience limited to 80 people
Venue: Church of the Santissimo Redentore


Friday 24 September 2021

09.30 – 13.00 | 14.00 – 17.00 European Heritage Policy Agora “From the New European Bauhaus to the New European Renaissance” AGORA PROGRAMME (draft)

Including the Presentation of the Venice Call to Action
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
Organised in partnership with the European Union

The European Heritage Policy Agora, organised in partnership with the European Union, will bring together policy-makers at all levels as well as key heritage stakeholders in a series of high-level debates on the most topical issues for the cultural heritage ecosystem in Europe. The Policy Agora is a contribution to the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra is a civil society partner. It is based on the firm conviction that, while we jointly promote a New European Bauhaus, we also ought to aspire to a New European Renaissance: one shall indeed lead to the other. The Agora also coincides with and contributes to another citizen-driven initiative launched by the EU institutions, namely the Conference on the Future of Europe. As such, it is a unique occasion to discuss and demonstrate the role of cultural heritage in achieving all the policy priorities of the EU.

The Agora will be introduced by Mr. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament (video message); Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission; Mr. Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture; Dr. Vasko Simoniti, Slovenian Minister of Culture and Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers; as well as Ms. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission and Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

This event will be livestreamed. You need to register to watch it online.
Simultaneous interpretation in English, Français, Italiano.

18.00 – 19.30 Closing Networking Gathering
Venue: Giardini Reali di Venezia


18-26 September 2021

“Wiki Loves Monuments on Display”
Venue: Cloister of the Monastery of San Francesco della Vigna
15.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 18.00 Saturdays & Sundays
Wikimedia Italia, in collaboration with Europa Nostra, organises a photographic exhibition to celebrate the 10th edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest. The exhibition is free-of-charge.

European Heritage Summit 2021

21 - 24 September

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