The European Year of Cultural Heritage throughout Europe

The Year of Cultural Heritage, happening throughout all of Europe in 2018, will provide an opportunity to participate in many events that have been created especially for this year, which will highlight Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Europe’s common cultural heritage surrounds us everywhere – in cities, landscapes, and antiquities. It is common in the sense that rarely has a cultural phenomenon arisen in isolation, it usually always has a number of predecessors and influencers. In the case of European countries, these interactions and borrowings are particularly visible. Cultural heritage is not only literature, art and objects, but also includes craft skills, tales, food, songs and films. The diversity of cultural heritage unites people and, thanks to technology and the Internet, it is now more accessible than ever before.

The goal of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage people to discover and explore European cultural heritage and to strengthen the feeling of belonging to a united European cultural space.

In 2018, the focus will be on the following:
➔ the value of cultural heritage for society;
➔ the value of cultural heritage for the economy;
➔ the importance of cultural heritage from the point of view of European cultural diplomacy;
➔ protecting cultural heritage for future generations.

Cultural heritage also plays an important economic role in Europe. Over 300 000 people work in the field of cultural heritage and almost 7.8 million jobs are directly connected to the field, for example in the sectors of tourism and construction. In addition, cultural heritage has a positive impact on society, since it contributes to improving quality of life, social cohesion and dialogue between cultures.

How are the initiatives of the Year of Cultural Heritage being organised?
Initiatives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage will be organised on a Europe-wide, as well as on a member state, regional and local level. At the European level, European institutions (the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of Europe, European Committee of the Regions and European Economic and Social Committee) will jointly organise initiatives of cultural heritage. Heritage experts are involved in organising the initiatives.”

What is being planned?
In 2018, thousands of initiatives and celebrations will be organised throughout Europe. The aim of the ten main initiatives is to ensure that the effects of the Year of Cultural Heritage will continue following 2018. These initiatives are being organised by the European Commission in association with key partners (the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other European organisations) in order to contribute as much as possible to achieving the four main objectives: commitment, sustainability, protection and innovation.”

The European initiatives are based on four main objectives:

Common cultural heritage: heritage belongs to all of us
Cultural heritage and school: children learn about Europe’s important values and traditions
Young people and cultural heritage: young people breath new life into heritage”

Changing cultural heritage: providing a contemporary meaning to places and landscapes associated with industry, religion and military history
Tourism and cultural heritage: the development of responsible and sustainable tourism in areas rich in cultural heritage”

Protecting cultural heritage: creating quality standards for working with cultural heritage
Endangered cultural heritage: the fight against illegal trade in cultural property and managing the risks associated with cultural heritage”

Skills associated with cultural heritage: better education and training for the acquisition of traditional and new professions related to heritage
Society and cultural heritage: promoting social innovation and the participation of civil society
Science and cultural heritage: using research, innovation, science and technology to preserve heritage”

The Year of Cultural Heritage is also a part of other known pan-European cultural initiatives:
European Heritage Days, with over 70 000 events organised each year and over 20 million people participating;
European Heritage Label, which is presented to places and things which symbolise and carry Europe’s ideals, values and history;
European Capitals of Culture – two designated cities each year, which symbolise Europe’s cultural richness. In 2018, these are Valletta (Malta) and Leeuwarden (Netherlands).
➔ Several EU awards, in particular the Prize for Cultural Heritage and Europa Nostra Award, which are awarded for the introduction of best practises in research, education and communication relating to the conservation and management of cultural heritage.

More information:


Non-exhaustive list of upcoming events compiled by the coordinator (Europa Nostra), based on information provided by members or available online.


13-14 April 2018

Conference ‘The international heritage of the water industry’ (Barcelona, Spain) organised by TICCIH. More information here.

13-15 April

European Mining Heritage Meeting for associations and volunteers organised by E-FAITH as part of their theme month ‘Mines and quarries, iron, steel and other metals’. Information and registration here. Note that the Coal Preparation Plant in Beringen has been shortlisted as one of the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe (see here for more information).

18 April

International Day for Monuments and Sites organised by ICOMOS, 2018 theme: Heritage for Generations (#heritage4generations) to celebrate inter-generational transfer of knowledge and youth leadership.

19 April

NECSTouR workshop ‘Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit!’ (Barcelona, Spain) organised by NECSTouR to develop the Barcelona Declaration of Tourism and Cultural Heritage “Better places to live, Better places to visit”. Europa Nostra Vice-President and moderator of the Alliance, Piet Jaspaert, will represent the Alliance. See event website.

19-23 April

FEDECRAIL ‘Edinburg 2018’ Conference (Edinburgh, UK) organised by FEDECRAIL, see FEDECRAIL website.

21-26 April

EUROCLIO 25th Annual Conference ‘Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History beyond our Horizons’ (Marseille, France) organised by EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators; see website.

25-27 April

EUROCITIES Culture Forum ‘Culture opening spaces for dialogue’ (Dresden, Germany) organised by EUROCITIES; see website.

30 April

E.C.C.O. Presidents’ Meeting (Valletta, Malta – ECOC 2018) organised by E.C.C.O. see website.


Theme month ‘Factory chimneys’ organised by E-FAITH. More information available here.

01 May

ERIH Dance Event ‘Work it Out – Day of Industrial Culture’ (several ERIH sites across Europe) organised by ERIH (member of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3). More information here.

6 May

FRH Photowalk 2018: One day. Three cities. Organised by Future for Religious Heritage, taking place in three European cities simultaneously: Paris (France), Asti (Italy) and Middelburg (The Netherlands), see website.

9-12 May

EMF Annual Conference and European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) Ceremony 2018 (Warsaw, Poland) organised by European Museum Forum. www.emya2018.eu

18 May

International Museum Day 2018 ‘Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics’ (worldwide) organised and initiated by ICOM. More information on the ICOM website.

22-23 May

Conference ‘Cherishing our Cultural Heritage’ (Dijon, France) co-organised by ICOM France, ICOMOS France and NEMO. More information here.

23 May

Conference ‘The Impact of Conservation-Restoration Education on the Development of the Profession’ (Turin, Italy) organised by the European Network for Conservation – Restoration Education (ENCoRE), followed by the ENCoRE General Assembly on 24-25 May, on occasion of ENCoRE’s 20th anniversary. More infos here.

23-24 May

Conference ‘Spaces Crossing Borders’ (Budapest, Hungary) first Central and Eastern European Planning Conference co-organised by ECTP-CEU. More information here.

24-27 May

European Private Heritage Week organised by the European Historic Houses Association: private owners of heritage houses, chapels and churches will open their doors and organise special activities under the common motto ‘Our House, Your Heritage’. More information available here.

24-27 May

THE85 Conference ‘Mientras Tanto. Space-Time Intruders’ (Bilbao, Spain) organised by Trans Europe Halles, hosted by their member ZAWP; http://teh.net/next-meeting/.

27-31 May

International Conference on Digital Humanities (Budapest, Hungary) organised in collaboration also with Michael Culture Association. More information here. 3

29 May-1 June

EHTTA General Assembly (Galaalti, Azerbaijan). More information here.

29-30 May

Marinescape Forum Burgas (Burgas, Bulgaria) organised by Civilscape in the framework of the HERICOAST project in the host city of the European Maritime Days 2018. More information here.

31 May -2 June

European Seminar 2018 ‘Museums, Landscapes and Neighbouring Communities’ (Valencia, Spain) organised by ICOM Europe. More information here.



Theme month ‘The urban environment’ organised by E-FAITH. More information soon available here.

5-6 June

5th meeting of the EYCH 2018 Stakeholder Committee (Brussels, Belgium) organised by the European Commission. Among the selected stakeholders are 18 members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. More information here.

10 June

2018 Art Nouveau World Day – initiated by RANN. More information here.

10-15 June

Conference ‘Innovation and Fashion’ (Maastricht, The Netherlands) organised by ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume. More information here.

11-13 June

Baltic Landscape Forum 2018 (Tartu, Estonia) organised by Civilscape in the framework of the MODSCAPE project. More information here.

12-16 June – Weimar (Germany)

Social Media Volunteers for Heritage training seminar organised by Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Volunteers. More information here.

18-24 June

European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018 ‘Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values’ (Berlin, Germany) co-hosted by Europa Nostra, German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK) acting as the national coordinator of EYCH 2018 in Germany and Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK). The European Cultural Heritage Summit has been recognised by the EC as one of the key European events of the EYCH 2018. Highlights include the Heritage Excellence Fair followed by the Welcome Reception and the Open Heritage Evening on the Museum Island (on 21 June), the European policy debate and the European Heritage Awards Ceremony (on 22 June) to celebrate the winners of the special EYCH 2018 edition of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 will actively contribute. More information here. 4

Selection of events organised by Alliance members as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018:

19 June

Conference ‘Cultural Heritage Communities and Audiences in today’s digital environment’ organised by NEMO and partners, including Michael Culture Association. More information here.

‘A museum night out – dancing at the museum’ event organised by NEMO. More information here.

Working group on evaluation ‘Evaluation issues and practices of Network projects and practices: from satisfaction surveys to exploration of networking process’ organised by ENCATC. More information here.

20 June

Workshop ‘Adaptive re-use of built heritage’ organised by Europa Nostra and the European Commission. More information here.

Creative session ‘Communicating heritage in the 21st century’ organised by Europa Nostra and Bertelsmann. More information here.

Event ‘Local heritage in Europe’ organised by Civilscape. More information soon available here.

21 June

Interactive workshop ‘Contribution of tourism promotion to cultural heritage’ organised by European Travel Commission supported by Europa Nostra. More information here.


July- August

Theme month ‘Travel and transport’ organised by E-FAITH. More information soon available here.

1 July

Deadline for applications for the new awards scheme launched as a contribution to the EYCH 2018: ‘Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’ – organised by ECTN in partnership with Europa Nostra and European Travel Commission. More information here.



European Heritage Days – Europe-wide. Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 eventually participate and contribute individually.

03-12 August

12th FEDECRAIL Youth Exchange 2018 (Uppsala, Sweden) co-organised by European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways FEDECRAIL. More information here. 5


05-09 September

24th EAA Annual Meeting ‘Reflecting Futures’ (Barcelona, Spain) organised by the European Association of Archaelogists. One of the themes is ‘Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage’. More information here.

06-09 September

ILFA Europe Conference and General Assembly (London, UK) organised by International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe. More information here.

20-23 September

EMA Annual Meeting and Prize Giving Ceremony (Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark) organised by the European Museum Academy. More information here.

26-29 September

26th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy (Bucharest, Romania) including 11th Young Researchers’ Forum, 9th Annual ENCATC Research Session and the research award ceremony. More information here.

26-28 September

The Best in Heritage Conference (Dubrovnik, Croatia) featuring award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Europa Nostra is the main partner, ICOM the main patron. More information here.



Theme month ‘Adaptive re-use’ organised by E-FAITH. More information soon available here.

01-05 October

54th ISOCARP Congress 2018 ‘Cool Planning: Changing Climate and our Urban Future’ (Bodø, Norway) organised by International Society of City and Regional Planners. More information here.

10-12 October

ERIH Annual Conference 2018. More information soon here.

11-13 October

Biennial Conference ‘Religious Heritage – Europe’s Legacy for the Future’ (Paris, France) organised by Future for Religious Heritage. More information here.

14 October

European Day of Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage (international) organised by E.C.C.O., see website. The European Day will be preceded by the European Week of Conservation-Restoration from 08-14 October 2018.

22-23 October

‘The art of attraction| Audience development for museums’ (Augsburg, Germany) co-organised by the European Museum Academy and the Bayerische Museumsakademie. More information here. 6

23-24 October

5th anniversary conference of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ Programme (Nicosia, Cyprus) organised by Europa Nostra and Europa Nostra Cyprus. More information available soon, background information here. The 2018 list of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ heritage sites in Europe was announced in March 2018.

25-27 October

11th International Conference for Cultural Tourism in Europe (Pafos, Cyprus) organised by European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) and Pafos Regional Board of Tourism. The Awards ceremony of the special 2018 edition of the ECTN Awards for ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2018’ will take place during the Conference. The 2018 special edition is organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and European Travel Commission, as a contribution to the EYCH 2018. More information here.


November (date tbc)

Special 70th anniversary event (Brussels, Belgium) organised by European Travel Commission in the framework of the ETC General Meeting #96 and on occasion of the 70th anniversary of ETC. More information here.

8-9 November

6th meeting of the EYCH 2018 Stakeholder Committee (Leipzig, Germany) organised by the European Commission. Among the selected stakeholders are 18 members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. This meeting is organised in conjunction with the Leipzig Denkmal Fair. More information here.

13 November

9th ENCATC Policy debate (Antwerp, Belgium) organised by ENCATC, more information here.

15 November (tbc)

Ceremony for the Helena Vaz Da Silva Award 2018 (Lisbon, Portugal) organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with Centro Nacional de Cultura. More information available in due time here.

15-16 November

Fair of European Innovators on Cultural Heritage (Brussels, Belgium) organised by the European Commission. European Landowners’ Organisation will contribute together with the consortium partners of the HERCULES project.

15-18 November

NEMO 26th Annual Conference (Valletta, Malta) organised by Network of European Museum Organisations, focus on museums’ crossover impact on other fields and sectors. More information soon available here.

23-24 November

Conference ‘Museums, Borders and European Responsibility – 100 Years of WW1’ (Koblenz, Germany) organised by ICOM Europe in cooperation with ICOM Germany. More information here.

28-30 November

EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh ‘Creative competitive cities – building our future together’ (Edinburg, UK) organised by EUROCITIES; see website. 7


Late November / early December

Conference ‘Industrialisation, science and technology, key to European integration’ and 2018 E-FAITH Industrial Heritage weekend for associations and volunteers (Brussels, Belgium) organised by E-FAITH. More information soon here.

Autumn (date tbc)

EFFORTS Annual Conference 2018 (Venice or Palmanova, Italy, tbc) organised by EFFORTS. More information soon available here.

Autumn (date tbc)

Peace train (Alsace) co-organised by FEDECRAIL to mark the 100th anniversary of the Compiègne armistice that ended the First World War. More information here.

E 3. DETS.

Euroopa kultuuripärandiaasta annab teatepulga üle laulu- ja tantsupeoaastale

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R 30. NOV.

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T 20. NOV.

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