European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018) has been 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 participated 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 group, comprising around 35 stakeholders already met in April, September and December 2017 and will meet again in March 2018.

Learn more about the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and stay tuned to be updated on all UNESCO and partners' activities during 2018!

Spotlight on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Take a look at the latest 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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