Europe celebrates cultural heritage in 2018
Europe's cities and landscapes are marked by physical memories of the past. Castles, bridges and archaeological wonders are some of the most quintessential examples. Traditions, languages and art passed through the generations shape everyday life in Europe. Because cultural heritage is so central to Europe's identity, and due to the grave threats it faces in conflict zones, the European Commission has launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
"Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector," comments Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
Cultural heritage encompasses different forms and aspects, including monuments, sites, traditions, transmitted knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by museums, libraries and archives. The year will highlight what the EU can do for conservation, digitisation, infrastructure, research and skills development.
In the run-up to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the European Commission has held structured dialogue with civil society on culture under the Voices of Culture call. The call has fuelled ideas and activities planned for 2018.