Excellence Fair: presentations by the laureates of 2019, Paris


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The Excellence Fair is an initiative designed to offer the laureates of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards an opportunity to present their projects to their peers and the wider public. Each year, the award winners of the respective year are invited to discuss the success and impact of their project, but also to expand on the challenges that they faced and had to overcome. The result is a fascinating and educational insight into the inner workings of a successful heritage project. As such, the Excellence Fair is an outstanding opportunity to showcase the very best practices in the field of cultural heritage from across Europe. Participants are invited to discover and draw inspiration from these great achievements in favour of our shared cultural heritage.

This year’s edition will be held on 28 October in the elegant Hôtel de Ville, located in the centre of Paris. The day will be divided into four rounds of discussions, each themed according to a different cornerstone of the “Five Pillars of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage”. This ambitious document was released by the European Commission in December 2018 and has set a common direction for heritage-related activities at European level, primarily in EU policies and programmes. The following themes will be the guiding principles of each round of talks: inclusive heritage, sustainable heritage, resilient heritage and innovative heritage


Each winner will be given the stage for about five minutes. With the help of audiovisual material, each of the laureates will speak about their project and respond to current themes in the conservation, promotion and management of heritage. The laureates will be encouraged to discuss the challenges that they faced at the different stages of implementing the projects or initiatives as well as how they succeeded in overcoming these hurdles.

The Excellence Fair is expected to be attended by approximately 300 people, including heritage and cultural professionals, academics, volunteers and supporters.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will take place the following evening, on Tuesday 29 October at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards are supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


09.00 – 9.30   Registrations

09.30 – 09.45   Opening remarks

09.45 – 10.45   First session: Inclusive Heritage

10.45 – 11.45   Second session: Sustainable Heritage

11.45 – 12.15   Coffee Break

12.15 – 13.15   Third session: Resilient Heritage

13.15 – 14.30   Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.30   Fourth session: Innovative Heritage

15.30 – 16.00   Lecture on Notre Dame

16.00 – 16.15   Conclusions

16:15 – 17:00   Closing Drinks

European Cultural Heritage Summit 2019

27 - 31 October 2019 - Paris, France