2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage
In early February, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional decision to officially designate 2018 the first European Year of Cultural Heritage.
This initiative aims to raise awareness on European history and values whilst strengthening a sense of European identity. It will achieve this by drawing attention to the opportunities that our cultural heritage offers, whilst also reminding us of the current challenges it faces, with the impact of the digital shift, environmental and physical pressure on heritage sites, and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects being prime examples.
The main objectives of this European Year will be to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion; to highlight the economic contribution of cultural heritage to the cultural and creative sectors, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and to local and regional development; to emphasise the role of cultural heritage in EU external relations, including conflict prevention, post-conflict reconciliation and rebuilding destroyed cultural heritage.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage brings activities and initiatives all around Europe that will make us all involved in cultural heritage!
Stay tuned here: https://ec.europa.eu/culture/european-year-cultural-heritage-2018_en