Special Edition of Cartaditalia dedicated to European Year of Cultural Heritage presented in Milan
On 6 December, on the eve of the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 at the European Culture Forum, the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels and Bertelsmann co-hosted the presentation of a special edition of the annual Journal Cartaditalia dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. This publication was produced in four languages: Italian, English, French and German, thanks to the support of the European Commission, Bertelsmann, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Google Cultural Institute and Goethe-Institut Brüssel.
The presentation took place in the magnificent historical setting of the National Library Braidense in Milan. Helen Müller, Head of Cultural Affairs and Corporate History at Bertelsmann, welcomed the participants to the event and introduced the speakers: Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and former Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, and Pier Luigi Sacco, Professor at IULM University in Milan who acted as curator of this special edition of Cartaditalia.
They all warmly praised this special edition of Cartaditalia – a Journal of Contemporary Italian Culture that is published by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Brussels – and congratulated its Chief Editor, Paolo Grossi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, for this important contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
In his editorial, Paolo Grossi, stressed that the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is “an unmissable opportunity to try and “take stock” of the situation as regards the political and scientific debate on heritage.(…). In order to adequately carry out a task so difficult as to appear almost impossible at times, it was first of all necessary to adopt a European approach and, une fois n’est pas coutume, make Cartaditalia a “Cartadeuropa“, with the contribution of scholars and experts from every part of the continent.”
This publication is prefaced by Tibor Navracsics and Silvia Costa, and introduced by Pier Luigi Sacco. It features 26 articles on cultural heritage written by experts in the field, including an article entitled “Heritage for Europe : Why our shared heritage is a key to Europe’s future” by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra.
In her article, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović offered a civil society perspective on the debate regarding the value of heritage for the future of Europe. She put special emphasis on three interconnected aspects of Europa Nostra’s strategy and work, namely 1) new stories & new partners, 2) quality and leadership, and 3) active citizenship and community spirit. In conclusion, she pointed out that “the European Year of Cultural Heritage offers an excellent opportunity for sharing the vision of an inclusive and creative Europe firmly based on the value and the power of its culture(s). Heritage is indeed a key to a more prosperous and more peaceful future for Europe.”
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