European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018) was officially launched by EU Commissioner for Culture, Education and Sport Tibor Navracsis and the Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture, Petra Kammerevert at the EU Culture Forum held on 7 and 8 December in Milan (Italy). The Director of the UNESCO Representative to the European Institutions, Paolo Fontani, also attended this event which kicked off the EYCH2018.

UNESCO is one of the key partners of the initiative and the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels actively participates in the EYCH 2018 Stakeholders group “Voices of Culture and Heritage” to assist the European Commission with the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage at the EU level.

The members of the Stakeholders Group, comprising around 35 organisations, already met in April, September and December 2017 and March 2018. The stakeholders will meet again on 5-6 June in Brussels and on 8-9 November in Leipzig.

Learn more about the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 on the European Commission’s dedicated website available in 24 EU official languages. Stay tuned to be updated on all UNESCO and partners' activities during 2018!

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You can also follow the Year on Twitter and Facebook: #EuropeForCulture #EYCH2018

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EYCH 2018 Projects Brochure

On the occasion of EYCH 2018, the European Commission has compiled 15 innovative projects supported through the Creative Europe programme in the field of cultural heritage. Discover the brochure here.

Spotlight on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Take a look at this Publication from the European Commission here:

It's available in 24 languages!

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe

Europe’s outstanding cultural heritage is recognised by UNESCO, with World Heritage sites in Europe accounting for close to half of the sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list!

The UNESCO publication World Heritage in Europe Today highlights the experiences, challenges and stories of the many people who work to conserve and manage World Heritage across Europe. A further publication, World Heritage Journeys in the European Union, presents a joint EU-UNESCO project which integrates UNESCO World Heritage sites into a series of thematic routes for sustainable tourism across Europe. These itineraries showcase Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and enable people to discover both iconic and lesser known European sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Intangible Cultural Heritage in Europe

Many European cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage are inscribed onto UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity and Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.

These Lists are established under the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which aims at safeguarding, ensuring respect for, and raising awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage at the local, national and international levels. Intangible cultural heritage comes in many forms, for example oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, as well as traditional craftsmanship.

At the 12th session of the Committee Meeting in December 2017, further heritage elements from EU Member States were inscribed onto the Representative Lists of ICH, including: German organ craftsmanship and music; Greek Rebetiko; Irish Uilleann piping; Italian art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’; Dutch craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills; Slovakian multipart singing of Horehronie and Slovenian door-to-door rounds of Kurenti.

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