Winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 to be announced on 7 May

The 21 outstanding winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 will be announced on 7 May by Europa Nostra and the European Commission through a joint press release. Organisations and individuals from 30 countries across the continent will be celebrated with Europe’s top honour in the field. The Awards are supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The meetings of the Heritage Awards Juries to choose this year’s winners were held last January and February in Tbilisi (Georgia), The Hague (The Netherlands), Brussels and Leuven (Belgium).

Supporters from all around the world will be invited to vote for their favourite from among the winners via an online poll on Europa Nostra’s website. The voting for the much sought after Public Choice Award will run from 7 May to 1 September. We hope all of you will participate and help us get as many votes as possible! Last year, the Fortified village of Mutso in Georgia won the Public Choice Award.

Fortified Village of Mutso, Georgia

Fortified Village of Mutso, Georgia – Public Choice Award Winner 2019

In the context of the Covid-19 global pandemic, Europa Nostra has postponed the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2020 (which was due to take place from 20 to 23 June in Brussels). This means that the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, at which the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 will be celebrated, and the Excellence Fair, where the laureates present their achievements, have also been postponed until further notice. These key events are projected to take place at a time when international travel is possible and large meetings are again safe for everyone to attend.

In the meantime, Europa Nostra and Creative Europe will digitally communicate about these inspiring achievements through the dedicated websites and social media channels. Make sure to follow us on social media to learn more about the laureates (Europa Nostra: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; Creative Europe: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). You can also discover past laureates since 2002 on the Awards website.

On 7 May, the Call for Entries for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 will also be published. The deadline for submissions will be 15 October 2020.

On 28 May, the six projects which have been shortlisted for the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will be made public. The two winners of these Special Prizes will be announced at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes, awarded within the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, aim to identify and promote best practices in cultural heritage-led innovation and diplomacy, as well as support and upscale outstanding achievements. The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes are supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

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