FRH Conference 2021 – Europe’s Living Religious Heritage

The ‘Future for Religious Heritage Conference 2021 – Europe’s Living Religious Heritage’ will take place in a hybrid format of four separate events which will take place in different locations across Europe. Each event will consist of a small in-person panel of distinguished guests that will be live-streamed online and will include the possibility for audience interaction. The four events will follow the sub-themes of the main conference theme “Europe’s Living Religious Heritage”.


The topics of the events will be based on the four subthemes of the conference.

Event 1:”Continuity in Function or Use” (28 May 2021 – Barcelona, Spain)

Event 2: “Continuity in Community Connection /Community and Dialogue” (September 2021 – Bologna, Italy)

Event 3: “Continuity in Evolving Cultural Expressions” (October 2021 – Halle, Germany)

Event 4: “Continuity in Care and Safeguarding” (November 2021 – Brussels, Belgium)

Registration is now open for Event 1: “Continuity in Function or Use”.


The Future for Religious Heritage Biennial Conference aims to stimulate a real debate on the usage of Europe’s religious heritage and to discuss the range of uses available for this heritage and their practical application.

Whether it is used as a place of worship, as a resource for community development, as a space for cultural expression, Europe’s religious heritage deserves our full attention and dedication to its sustainable preservation for communities throughout Europe. The conference will examine issues such as the traditional use of religious heritage sites and their compatibility with being open to the general public.

It will address the case of ‘Heritage for All’, or the potential for inclusiveness of religious monuments and the adaptations this implies for this heritage. It will underline the importance of an inter-religious dialogue of knowledge for the better reuse of a heritage marked by its primary religious use. Finally, a light will be shed on the ‘museumisation’ of religious heritage, an interesting model in many ways for publicising the treasures of religious monuments.

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