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European Cultural Heritage Year 2018

Europe’s cultural heritage is an essential part of our common European as well as local identity. Its preservation and promotion is our permanent task – the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 shall provide a significant impetus in this regard.
Following the slogan “Sharing heritage”, all individuals are invited within the year to discover Europe’s cultural heritage and to experience their own cultural background. The European Year will include all forms of cultural heritage. Archaeological and built heritage can serve as a starting-point, since it offers a unique opportunity for children and young people in particular to experience history and culture and other tangible and intangible cultural heritage directly and as part of their daily lives. The aim of the year is to raise awareness of the European dimension of cultural heritage.

Information on the project status

Sharing Heritage - Concept paper

Sharing Heritage – Concept paper (FR)

Sharing Heritage – Mission Statement (DE)

Trailer. This is my home. Europe.

Welcoming adress by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz


Background

On 30 August 2016 a legislative proposal has been published by the Commission . This proposal stresses a thematically broad and integrative approach, including all aspects of cultural heritage. The resolution is expected to be passed by the European Parliament and the Council in early 2017. The concrete implementation of the European Year lies with the member states.

In March 2015 the German federal government and the federal states agreed to support an initiative for a European Cultural Heritage Year. Hereby they followed a suggestion of the DNK that had started such an initiative in 2013. The focus of the German contribution to the Year will be on archaeological and built heritage. A national programme advisory board has been established. The initiative is currently being prepared and coordinated with European partners.

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Statue National Programme Advisory Board

Members National Programme Advisory Board

 

European Commission's proposal on European Year of Cultural Heritage now public

On 30 August 2016 a legislative proposal has been published by the Commission . This proposal stresses a thematically broad and integrative approach, including all aspects of cultural heritage. The resolution is expected to be passed by the European Parliament and the Council in November 2016. The concrete implementation of the European Year lies with the member states.

Proposal for a decision on a European Year of Cultural Heritage COM(2016) 543 final
 


 

European Commission proposes European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

On April 19, 2016 Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for education, culture and sport announced the commissions intention to carry out a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs for the Länder, the major municipal associations as well as the German National Committee of Cultural Heritage expressly welcome this decision.
Here you will find the joint press release of the federal government, the federal states, the municipalities and the National Committee.
 



 

Interview with Restauro Magazine

„The idea in favour of a European Heritage Year did not appear out of thin air”. Restauro Magazine talked to DNK office manager Uwe Koch about getting started in Berlin as well as on the European Heritage Year 2018. You will find the interview online (German only):
https://www.restauro.de/kulturerbejahr/
There is more to read about “Sharing Heritage” in their latest print issue.


 

Talks Held in Brussels

The European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 is well on track! On 25 February 2016 DNK President Sabine Kunst along with office manager Uwe Koch held talks with several Members of the European Parliament in Brussels.


 

Launching event for the European Cultural Heritage Year, Berlin 13 November 2015

The DNK organised in cooperation with the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Technical University of Berlin at 13 November 2015 in Berlin a launching event for the European Cultural Heritage Year.
The event was about chances and challenges of European Years: The programme started by a press presentation of the concept paper for the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018; this was followed by a colloquium with national and internationals experts; the final part was the presentation of the book „Eine Zukunft für unsere Vergangenheit.“ Zum 40. Jubiläum des Europäischen Denkmalschutzjahres 1975-2015.


Minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of DNK, presented the concept paper. Welcoming addresses were given amongst others by Claude Faber, Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The attendees of the event were guests from the European Parliament, the European Commission, different European states and representatives of leading German institutions for cultural heritage.

Programme

Welcoming adress by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz

Welcoming adress by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters

Presentation by Minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst
President of the German Heritage Committee (DNK)

Press release

Impressions


 

Seminar "A European Year of Cultural Heritage: sharing heritage, a common challenge", Brussels 29 October 2015

On invitation of Italy, a further event on the intended Year took place in Brussels. Interventions were made by Flora Van Regteren-Altena (Netherlands, Ministry for Culture), Orane Proisy (France, Ministry for Culture and Communication), Uwe Koch (Germany, DNK), Pierluigi Sacco (Italy, IULM University of Milan) and Walter Zampieri (European Commission, DG Education and Culture), the seminar was moderated by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović (Europa Nostra).


 

Reflection Group „EU and Culture Heritage“, Luxembourg 23–25 September 2015

Final discussions on the concept paper for a European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 took place at an extraordinary meeting of the RG “EU and Cultural Heritage” in Luxembourg. General theme of meeting was „Cultural heritage and international relations“. The concept paper will be presented in Berlin on 13 November.


Meeting of European Parliament Intergroup, Brussels 16 September 2015

The meeting of European Parliament Intergroup on European tourism development, cultural heritage, Ways of St. James and other European cultural routes was another occasion at which the European Year was presented: Dr. Uwe Koch, DNK, introduced the ideas of the initiative; reactions by Bruno Favel, French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Chair of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape of the Council of Europe, stressed the importance of the initiative in light of the current European challenges. About 100 guests participated at the event, which was organised by Europa Nostra in cooperation with the DNK.

Program

Presentation by Dr. Uwe Koch

Impressions


European Parliament recommends European Cultural Heritage Year, Brussels 8 September 2015

In its resolution of 8 September 2015, the European Parliament addresses the specific recommendation to the European Commission to designate a European Cultural Heritage Year, and to submit the draft programme to Parliament no later than 2016.

Link to the resolution


Side-Event to 39th World Heritage Committee, Bonn 29 Juni 2015

The DNK invited all European delegates of the World Heritage Committee to an evening event at which the European Cultural Heritage Year was presented, along with the aims and expectations of the Year. In the foyer of the Bundeskunsthalle, Minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst and Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger welcomed about 100 guests. The new short film on the European Cultural Heritage Year was screened for the first time. At the following reception on the roof garden, attendees had the chance to discuss the chances and prospects of the Year with members of the DNK and members of the European working group on the initiative.

Welcoming address by Minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst
President of the des German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK)

Welcoming address by Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger
President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Impressions

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