Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities and is expressed through natural landscapes and archaeological sites.
It is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch. Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. The digital world too, is transforming the way we access heritage.
Aims of the year
The European Year of Cultural Heritage aims to:
- encourage people to explore Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage
- celebrate, understand and protect its unique value
- reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives
European cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to our future. By highlighting cultural heritage in 2018, we will emphasise:
- how it builds stronger societies
- how it creates jobs and prosperity
- its importance for our relations with the rest of the world
- what can be done to protect it
Shared heritage: bringing Europe's cultural heritage, history and shared values closer to people
Heritage at school: discovering Europe's treasures at an early age
Youth for heritage: engaging the younger generation
New uses for heritage: re-imaging industrial, religious or military sites
Tourism and heritage: promoting sustainable cultural tourism
Cherishing heritage: developing standards for quality interventions in the historic environment and at heritage sites
Heritage at risk: fighting the illicit trade in cultural goods and managing risks at heritage sites
Heritage-related skills: enhancing education and training for the traditional and the new professions
Heritage for all: fostering participation and social innovation
Science for heritage: using research, innovation, science and technology for the better conservation and presentation of heritage.
European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has established a National Steering Committee to oversee the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland. Each of the cultural institutions are represented along with the Irish Research Council, ICOMOS Ireland, CCMA, Creative Europe Culture Desk, Creative Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW).
The Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has appointed the Heritage Council to co-ordinate activities nationwide. We will shortly issue a call to identify potential ideas and initiatives from organisations and groups. This will formulate the programme for the year which will be launched towards the end of the year in Dublin. The European launch will take place in Milan at the Culture Forum 7-8 December.
Further details at https://ec.europa.eu/culture/european-year-cultural-heritage-2018_en