Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities; our landscapes, natural sites,monuments 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, the songs we sing and the films we watch. Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. Thanks to technology and the internet, it is now more accessible than ever.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage, to raise awareness of our common history and values and to reinforce a sense of belonging in a common European space. European cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to our future. This is reflected in the slogan for the year. "Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future".
In Ireland, the Heritage Council is coordinating the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It will coordinate and promote a national programme of European Year of Cultural Heritage events and other activities.
The theme for the Year in Ireland is ‘Make a Connection’. This theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. To achieve this objective, the Heritage Council is inviting organisations and individuals to take action and respond to the theme.
We're asking organisations and individuals to identify initiatives, existing and new, planned for 2018 which meet the objectives of European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Types of events considered includes the following
- Cultural event or performance
- Media event,
- launch event
- Exhibition, show
- Information, education or awareness-raising campaign
- Festivals, including film festivals
- Conference, symposium, forum, debate Study, survey
- Training/ workshops
- Research activities
- Visit, exchange
- Digital projects
Events/Activities must meet the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as outlined in EU Decision 2017/864:
(a) initiatives which promote debate and raise awareness of the importance and value of cultural heritage and to facilitate engagement with citizens and stakeholders;
(b) information, exhibitions, education and awareness-raising campaigns;
(c) the sharing of experience and best practices among representatives of national, regional and local administrations and other organisations, in addition to the dissemination of information;
(d) Undertaking studies and research and innovation activities, in addition to the dissemination of their results on a European or national scale; and/or;
(e) the promotion of projects and networks connected to the European Year, including via media and social networks.
The EYCH label (comprising of a logo, slogan and hashtag #EuropeForCulture) will be available for activities, events and projects taking place between 7 December 2017 and 31 December 2018 which contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Note: permission must be granted by the Heritage Council as National Co-ordinator to use the European Year of Cultural Heritage label/brand.
Visit our European Year of Cultural Heritage website for more information