Helena Vaz da Silva Award Ceremony 2018

Bettany Hughes, historian, author and broadcaster from the United Kingdom, will receive the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage 2018 at an official ceremony on 15 November at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The Portuguese Minister of Culture Graça Fonseca will participate in the ceremony that will be among the highlights of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in Portugal.

The Award pays tribute to Hughes’ unique contribution to communicating Europe’s history and cultural heritage over the last 30 years. Throughout her distinguished career, she has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries – for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, among others – which have been seen by over 250 million people worldwide (read related press release).

Bettany Hughes was the keynote speaker of the Creative Session ‘Communicating Heritage in the 21st Century‘ held on 20 June in Berlin in the framework of the European Cultural Heritage Summit and co-hosted by Europa Nostra.

Berlin Summit 2018 - Creative Session at Bertelsmann

The Helena Vaz da Silva European Award was established in 2013 by Europa Nostra and its representation in Portugal, Centro Nacional de Cultura, in cooperation with the Clube Português de Imprensa.


18:30 Opening
Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation
Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture

18:50 Tribute to the Portuguese winner of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018
Rehabilitation project of the Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz (also winner of the Public Choice Award)
“The vast memory of an empty space” – Presentation by Nuno Oliveira, Project leader

19:00 Award Ceremony of the 6th Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage
Maria Calado, President of the Centro Nacional de Cultura and President of the of the Jury of the Award
Dinis de Abreu, President of the Clube Português de Imprensa
Presentation of the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award 2018 to Bettany Hughes
Laudatory speech by Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, member of the Jury of the Award
Acceptance speech by Bettany Hughes
Closing address by H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic of Portugal (video message)

Master of Ceremonies: Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra

On 14-15 November, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon will host the autumn meetings of the Board and Council of Europa Nostra.