Message by Executive President and Secretary General

As an introduction to the Europa Nostra Newsletter issued on 8 April 2024

Dear members, partners and supporters of Europa Nostra
Dear colleagues and friends

Welcome to the Spring edition of our newsletter. We are thrilled to announce that the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2024 is taking place in Bucharest, Romania, from 6 to 8 October. Building on the inspiration and energy from our last Summit in Venice, we look forward to coming together once more, fostering connections, and enhancing our capacity to address future challenges and opportunities.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2024 will be held at the Romanian Athenaeum, the most prestigious concert hall in Bucharest. © Istomina Olena / Shutterstock

 

This edition of our newsletter follows closely after our visit from 21 to 23 March to the World Heritage City of Potsdam, which has hosted the office of Europa Nostra Germany since January 2024. It was a pleasure to bring together stakeholders from all over Europe in this vibrant city for a series of important meetings and visits to heritage sites.

Reception at the Brandenburg State Parliament

During this gathering, the Europa Nostra Board convened for its first in-person meeting of the year. A main item on the agenda was the progress of the European Heritage Hub project, which soon enters its second year. We encourage and welcome your participation in this collaborative EU-funded project; more details on recent and upcoming activities can be found in the latest edition of the Hub newsletter.

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards Jury also met in Potsdam over three days to select the 2024 winners. Once again, we are impressed by the outstanding quality of the applications, a true testament to the hard work and commitment of heritage practitioners across Europe. The public announcement of the 2024 winners will take place on 30 May. 

This week, Europa Nostra and Elliniki Etairia will co-host four events at the Delphi Economic Forum in the ancient town of Delphi: the Ceremony of the Costa Carras European Citizens Awards for the Safeguard of Endangered Heritage 2024, on the afternoon of 10 April; the session From COP28 to COP29 and Beyond: Championing Culture-based Climate Action, on the morning of 11 April; the session Accelerating EU/Western Balkans Integration: The Untapped Potential of our Shared Heritage, on the afternoon of 11 April; as well as a public conversation with HRH Princess Dana of Jordan, in her capacity as Special Envoy of the Climate Heritage Network, on the morning of 12 April. The events will be livestreamed. Make sure to register here

Another important date to mark in your calendars is 17 April, for the live announcement of the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe 2024. The event will feature high representatives from Europa Nostra, the European Investment Bank Institute, with which we have recently renewed our invaluable partnership for the next three years, the European Commission, and the organisations that nominated the selected sites. Make sure to register here.

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Before we gather in person, we invite you to celebrate our common European legacy through the Ode to Joy Challenge. As we commemorate the bicentenary of Beethoven’s symphony (on 7 May) and approach the European Elections (on 6-9 June), we call for reinterpretations of Europe’s iconic anthem in all artistic forms. We look forward to receiving your creative contributions by 10 May.

And, of course, we encourage you to vote at the European elections in your respective countries, in support of our shared values and for the benefit of a more peaceful, sustainable and inclusive future for Our Europe!

Cordially yours,
Hermann Parzinger, Executive President
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General

 

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