European Year of Youth 2022

2022 is the European Year of Youth (EYY), shining a light on the importance of European youth to build a better future – more sustainable, inclusive, beautiful and peaceful. Europa Nostra is part of the European Commission’s Stakeholders Group set-up for the EYY.

In order to effectively contribute to the European Year of Youth, Europa Nostra has mainstreamed youth in all its strands of works, scaled-up existing youth-related initiatives and created new partnerships.

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Our related activities/events


Europa Nostra has actively contributed to the European Year of Youth through several activities and events, which focus on fostering capacity-building and enhancing intergenerational cooperation and mobility among young people, such as:

16 February 
Launch of the 2nd edition of the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors (EHYA) programme

8 March 
#Women4Heritage in an Intergenerational Dialogue online event

EHYA join the Selection Committee of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

7-10 April 
Europa Nostra contributes to Erasmus Generation Meeting 2022 (Porto)

20 April – 31 August 
Launch of the consultation “Youth for the Future of Cultural Heritage in Europe”

22 April 
European Heritage Youth Ambassadors cover ILUCIDARE closing event (Brussels)

10 June 
New European Bauhaus Festival: Europa Nostra organises inspiring side-event at the Brussels Town Hall (Brussels)

13-14 June
Participation of the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors in the European Heritage Label Ceremony and Workshops (Brussels)

15 July 
Europa Nostra and ESACH organise #Youth4Heritage webinar celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2022

24-27 September 
European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022 with the active involvement of young people (Prague & online)
European Heritage Masterclass “Climate Heritage Digital Advocacy” designed by, with and for young people
European Heritage Policy Agora 2022 – Youth Intermezzos

28-29 October
Participation in the Youth Democracy Festival (Brussels)

Launch of Climate Heritage Network Youth Forum / Participation in the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY17)

6 December 
Closing Ceremony of the European Year of Youth during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Launch of the European Heritage Youth Residency programme, which will involve our country representations and engage our network of young members

Mobilisation of our youth network

The Young Members of Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors have made their voices heard during our events and have been empowered to organise their own events.

Young people have been encouraged to respond to Europa Nostra’s call to organise citizens’ debates on the future of Europe in heritage sites, involving their own communities and local, regional, national or European decision-makers. We are looking for their concrete ideas on how to rebuild Europe after the COVID-19 pandemic and incite a New European Renaissance. The conclusions of the debates will be uploaded on the platform of the European Year of Youth.

Europa Nostra is also mobilising its Europe-wide membership of organisations and individuals to contribute to and communicate about the EYY, in particular the Universities that are already members of our network.

Policy and advocacy

In order to ensure the lasting legacy of the European Year of Youth, a policy/position paper, building on the various campaigns and events and encapsulating our vision for youth and cultural heritage, will be prepared and issued by the end of the year.

In this respect, Europa Nostra and its partner organisations working with youth in cultural heritage launched the consultation “Youth for the Future of Cultural Heritage in Europe”. The Europe-wide consultation, done through a 10-minute anonymous online survey and lasting until 31 August, shall identify young people’s most pressing needs, dreams and aspirations when it comes to the future of the cultural heritage sector. The results will be analysed and will feed the policy/position paper to trigger concrete actions for youth involvement in the cultural heritage sector.

Subsequently, a joint advocacy campaign will be deployed and relayed via the platform of the European Year of Youth.

Partnerships and outreach

The European Year of Youth is a unique opportunity for Europa Nostra to create and strengthen partnerships with a number of civil society organisations inside and outside of the traditional heritage field, as well as with relevant services within the EU Institutions.

These partnerships include (non-exhaustive list):
European Union Youth Orchestra
European Youth Forum
Europeana Initiative Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
Climate Heritage Network Youth Forum
ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group
The Future is Heritage (Erfgoed Brabant and Erfgoed Gelderland)
European Heritage Volunteers
Le Dimore del Quartetto
European Solidarity Corps
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