The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

 

PHOTO: 2013 Winners at the Odeon Atticus Theatre in Athens. Studio Panoulis

 

ENEWSLETTER July 2013

 

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY CONGRESS OF EUROPA NOSTRA IN ATHENS

 

FIRST LIST OF THE 7 MOST ENDANGERED HERITAGE SITES IN EUROPE PRESENTED AT PRESS CONFERENCE

The announcement of the first list of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe by Denis de Kergorlay, Executive President of Europa Nostra, and Guy Clausse, Director and Special Advisor to the Director General of the European Investment Bank (EIB), dominated the press conference held at the European Parliament Office in Athens on 12 June. The Roman amphitheatre in Durrës in Albania, the buffer zone in the historic centre of Nicosia in Cyprus, Vauban’s 17th century fortifications in Briançon in France, the Renaissance monastery of San Benedetto Po in Italy, the 15th century monastery in Setúbal in Portugal, the historic mining landscape of Rosia Montana in Romania and the Armenian church of St. George in Mardin in Turkey were announced as the 7 most endangered landmarks in Europe. Read more

 

 

SAVING EUROPE’S ENDANGERED HERITAGE: THE TIME FOR ACTION HAS COME

“Reinforce cooperation”, “raise public awareness” and “take action” were some of the main messages conveyed by top-level representatives of European Institutions at a panel discussion on ‘Europe-wide Mobilisation for Saving our Endangered Heritage’, held by Europa Nostra on 16 June at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The public announcement of the first list of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, made by Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute on 12 June in the Greek capital, set the stage for the debate. Read more

 

 

SPECIAL STATEMENT ON THE ENDANGERED ESTATE OF TATOI NEAR ATHENS

During the press conference held to announce the first list of The 7 Most Endangered Monuments and Sites in Europe, at the European Parliament Office in Athens on 12 June, Europa Nostra’s high representatives made a special statement about the Estate of Tatoi, located near Athens, which figures among the 14 endangered sites in Europe that were shortlisted by the Advisory Panel of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ programme. Read more

 

 

4000 PEOPLE CELEBRATE EUROPE’S CULTURAL HERITAGE AT A MEMORABLE CEREMONY IN ATHENS

Around 4000 people from all over Europe gathered at the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, at the foot of the Acropolis, to honour the highest achievements in the heritage field and to celebrate a Europe of Culture, on the evening of 16 June. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, hosted the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2013. This memorable event was the closing night of Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary Congress in Athens. Read more

 

 

PRESIDENT OF EUROPA NOSTRA AND COMMISSIONER VASSILIOU ANNOUNCED THE GRAND PRIX WINNERS AND CONVEYED STRONG POLICY MESSAGES

Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, held a joint press conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens in the morning of 16 June, prior to the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on the closing night of Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary Congress. Read more

 

 

LOCAL AWARD CEREMONY AT THE AVEROFF BUILDING ATTENDED BY 250 PEOPLE

The Local Award Ceremony at the Averoff Building - School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, a Grand Prix winner of a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2012, took place on the evening of 14 June in front of an audience of 250 people, including students and several distinguished guests. Read more

 

 

PILGRIMAGE TO ANCIENT ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY GUIDED BY READINGS FROM GREEK CLASSICS

The Pilgrimage to Ancient Athenian Democracy, from the Agora to the Pnyx, accompanied by exceptional readings of passages from Classical Greek authors, on the evening of 15 June, greatly exceeded the expectations of many participants. The renowned Greek actor, writer and producer Ioannis Simonides gave voice to the words written by Herodotus, Plato and Aristophanes, among others, in the 5-4th centuries BC. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Costa Carras, Vice-President of Europa Nostra, recited extracts from the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. Read more

 

 

PLACIDO DOMINGO AND ANDROULLA VASSILIOU STARRED THE RECEPTION AT THE NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

As darkness fell over Athens, Plácido Domingo, the eminent opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, starred the reception at the National Observatory of Athens on 15 June. They both praised the exceptional restoration of this 1842 Neoclassic building, which won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2010, and addressed some poetic and meaningful messages to the audience of 400 people. Read more

 

 

EUROPA NOSTRA GOVERNING BODIES’ MEETINGS IN ATHENS

Productive and fruitful meetings of Europa Nostra Board, Council, Scientific Council, and General Assembly were held during the 50th Anniversary Congress in Athens. Read more

 

 

PRESIDENT OF EUROPA NOSTRA INTERVIEWED BY GREECE’S LEADING DAILY NEWSPAPER

The premier Greek daily newspaper TA NEA published an exclusive and extended interview with the President of Europa Nostra in its weekend edition of 21-23 June, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Congress of the organisation in Athens. Entitled ‘Take care of your heritage like the apple of your eye’, the four-page article makes the front page and opens the cultural supplement of the leading newspaper in Greece. Read more

 

 

HERITAGE IN MOTION : GREEK SPECIAL

On the occasion of the Athens Congress, Europa Nostra published a new issue of its Heritage in Motion magazine which was dedicated to Greece. The magazine contains a large series of articles, reportages, interviews on a variety of heritage topics and initiatives in Greece. Readers of our magazine will discover fascinating stories about many heritage sites in Greece and about the people and organisations who are committed to preserving those sites for future generations. You will also learn about the many challenges which the heritage of Greece faces today. The magazine also includes exclusive interviews with three eminent European personalities, namely Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.  For the electronic version of this Magazine click here.

 

‘SAVE OUR HERITAGE’ IS THE APPEAL MADE BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE BOOK PRESENTED TO MAESTRO DOMINGO AND COMMISSIONER VASSILIOU

Before the press conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on 16 June, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, received copies of an inspiring book entitled Protecting Art from Crime, Disputes and War, in which young people make a strong plea for the safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, particularly in areas and times of conflict. The book was produced by Europa Nostra’s member organisation Walk of Truth. Its founder and President, Tasoula Georgiou-Hadjitofi, and the seventeen-year old student who wrote the letter to ‘persons in power’, Nicolas Rivard, presented the copies and talked about this initiative. Read more

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO MANY PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Europa Nostra’s Congress in Athens received an impressive support from a large number of public and private bodies from Greece and enjoyed the patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Dr Karolos Papoulias. In addition to our invaluable partnership with the European Commission (both through the Brussels based Directorate General for Education and Culture and through the EC Representation in Greece), we wish to acknowledge, with gratitude, the kind cooperation with and support of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, and also the generous support provided by two leading private foundations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation from Greece and our long-standing partner the A.G. Leventis Foundation from Cyprus.  Special thanks go to our Congress partners, Ote Cosmote telecommunication company, the Hellenic Festival which provided a vital support for the organisation of our European Heritage Awards Ceremony at the Herodion, and also to Asset Ogilvy Public Relations which made a crucial contribution towards the successful implementation of our fund-raising and communication strategy.  We are also grateful to our Media partners – Kathimerini, SKAI TV and SKAI Radio, Euronews and Directions – which ensured an extensive coverage of our events in Athens. Many other private foundations, cultural institutions and companies supported our Congress in money or in kind. For the full list click here.

 

 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

 

SAVE THE DATE: EUROPA NOSTRA POLICY CONFERENCE, 5 DECEMBER - BRUSSELS

To close its 50th Anniversary year, Europa Nostra will organise a major European Policy Conference on EU Strategy for Cultural Heritage ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe, Europe Counts for Cultural Heritage’ in the heart of the European area in Brussels on 5 December 2013. In the expected presence of Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, this conference will seek to further raise the profile of cultural heritage in Europe. It will also be the occasion to launch our new cooperation project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe and to give the first progress report on our new programme of ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ Sites and Monuments in Europe. The Conference will be followed by an ambitious cultural evening at the BOZAR, the Belgian Centre for Fine Arts. More information will be available by the end of September, including registration formalities. Read more

 

 

RENOWNED ITALIAN WRITER CLAUDIO MAGRIS IS THE FIRST WINNER OF THE HELENA VAZ DA SILVA AWARD

The renowned Italian writer Claudio Magris is the very first winner of the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage, instituted by Europa Nostra, its representation in Portugal, Centro Nacional de Cultura, and Clube Português de Imprensa, on the occasion of Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary. “Magris is the author of impressive literary works which speak about the roots of our European identity and also stress the need to preserve Europe’s tangible and intangible heritage. Claudio Magris’ understanding of Europe as a place of dialogue and cultural exchange is perceptible in his masterpiece on the Danube and throughout the whole of his rich literary opus”, stated Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, President of the jury, during today’s announcement of the winner. The prize, awarded for the first time this year, will be presented to Claudio Magris at a special ceremony on 21 October in Lisbon. Read more

 

 

“NEW NARRATIVE FOR EUROPE”: GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CALL FOR CONTRIBUTION LAUNCHED IN WARSAW

On 11 July, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Donald Tusk, hosted the General assembly of the “New Narrative for Europe” at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. Some 250 European and Polish personalities from the cultural, intellectual and scientific worlds discussed the challenges facing Europe. It served as an inspiration to jointly explore the history, values, symbols and cultural aspects that unite citizens and to come up with a new narrative for Europe. Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, was invited to contribute to the panel discussion on “Europe’s soft power: the arts, heritage and sciences”. To watch her speech, see video below.  Read more

 

 

‘CULTURE IS VITAL FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT’ ADVOCATE THE UNITED NATIONS AND UNESCO

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and government ministers from around the world have appealed for culture to become a top priority in the post-2015 global development agenda during the General Assembly thematic debate at UN headquarters in New York, on 12 June. The President of Europa Nostra, Plácido Domingo, publicly endorsed this call for culture to be a central pillar of sustainable development at the press conference held in Athens, on 16 June, together with Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Read more

 

 

“WHAT IS THE POINT OF DEFENDING THE EURO IF WE DO NOT DEFEND EUROPEAN CULTURE?”

“We must have the courage to protect a Europe of Culture. We must guard our common heritage. Money does not work by itself. What is the point of defending the Euro if we do not defend European culture?” This fundamental question was provocatively raised by the Italian professor and art critic Philippe Daverio, during his opening speech at the public debate hosted by Europa Nostra and Italia Nostra in Venice on 15 March. This occasion was also used to launch an appeal for a ‘New Deal for Europe’ based on a true renaissance of our unique culture and heritage. Read more

 

 

EUROPA NOSTRA CRITICIZES GREECE’S GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BOOST TOURIST HOME DEVELOPMENT

Europa Nostra was informed by its representation in Greece, Elliniki Etairia - the Greek Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, that the Greek government is currently preparing plans to boost extended tourist home development by changing zoning regulations, especially on the islands. The proposed new legislation will open large areas of the coastline to speculative building that will not require the level of capital investment involved in the construction of high-class tourism facilities. Read more

 


EUROPA NOSTRA TURKEY URGES GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR ISTANBUL'S GEZI PARK AND TAKSIM SQUARE

Gezi Park, adjoining the emblematic Taksim Square, is one of the few green areas in central Istanbul. Designed by the renowned French architect and urban planner Henri Prost in 1939 and built on a site formerly occupied by a military barracks complex, the park has become an Istanbul landmark. Government plans to rebuild the 19th century barracks and demolish Gezi Park were strongly contested by environmental and heritage organisations, including Europa Nostra Turkey. The police crackdown on protesters occupying the park on 31 May sparked a two-week wave of demonstrations across the country and has drawn international attention to the case. On 14 June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the suspension of the redevelopment project until a court has ruled on the issue and promised to hold a referendum if the court found in its favour. Read more

 

 

PLACIDO DOMINGO MAKES SPECIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE RHINE VALLEY ON THE OCCASION OF HIS CONCERT ON THE LORELEY ROCK

World-renowned opera singer Plácido Domingo made a special statement about the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a 65km-stretch in central-western Germany classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, on the occasion of his concert on the Loreley, the legendary rock lying at the heart of this valley, which drew an audience of 6000 people on the evening of 30 June. The President of Europa Nostra and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador expressed his particular joy at having the opportunity to perform in such “a place of outstanding natural beauty” and highlighted the importance of cultural and natural heritage both as an element of social integration and as a source of sustainable growth in Europe.  Read more

 

 

EUROPA NOSTRA WELCOMES UNESCO’S DECISION ON DISMANTLING CABLE CAR IN KOBLENZ BY 2026

UNESCO World Heritage Committee, who assembled in Cambodia from 16-27 June, has decided that the cable car crossing the classified area of the Rhine Valley in Koblenz, Germany, has to be dismantled by 30 June 2026. Europa Nostra welcomes UNESCO’s decision, while calling for all parties involved to find a heritage-friendly solution to access the fortress Ehrenbreitstein. Read more

 

 

ITALIAN ART HISTORIANS GATHER IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF L'AQUILA

One thousand art historians from many parts of Italy travelled to L’Aquila on 5 May to see with their own eyes the abandoned state of the historical centre, four years after the earthquake. On behalf of Europa Nostra, Plácido Domingo sent a message of solidarity and support which was read at this exceptional gathering in l'Aquila. Read more

 

EUROPA NOSTRA ADVOCATES AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION FOR ROSIA MONTANA

In an interview published by Romania’s widely-read weekly newspaper Formula AS on 22 March, Europa Nostra’s Executive President Denis de Kergorlay calls for a culturally sensitive and environmentally friendly alternative to the large-scale gold mining project promoted by Gabriel Resources, a Canadian-based multinational company, and encourages the European Union to support a sustainable long-term development plan for Rosia Montana. Other key topics covered in this exclusive interview are ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ programme and the 50th Anniversary of Europa Nostra. Read more

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS

 

 

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD GOES TO THE PROPYLAEA CENTRAL BUILDING IN ATHENS

The conservation project of the Propylaea, the monumental gateway to the Athenian Acropolis, dating from the 5th century BC, won the Public Choice Award 2013. Around 6500 citizens from across Europe and beyond voted for their favourite project from among the 30 winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The online vote, which is on its second edition, was conducted via the Europa Nostra website. Read more

 

 

CALL FOR NOMINATION OF NEW CANDIDATES FOR THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE AWARDS JURIES

Every year, the mandate of some members of the European Heritage Awards Juries ends and new Jury members have to be selected and appointed. Nominations of candidates for Jury membership should be sent to Ms Elena Bianchi (eb@europanostra.org), Heritage Awards Coordinator, before 8 September 2013.

 

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT THE EUROPA NOSTRA SECRETARIAT

Europa Nostra is now looking for a trainee for the period from October 2013 to March 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands, to assist with the running of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards and also with the new programme “7 Most Endangered”. The International Secretariat is an inspiring international working environment in a very well established mission-driven organisation with a large network of members and contacts in all parts of Europe and within a multicultural and multilingual staff team. The closing date for submitting CVs is 22 August. For additional information you may contact Mr Tom HenkemansRead vacancy

 

 

EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

 

EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE IN VILNIUS ON 13-14 NOVEMBER
For the first time, Lithuania holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July to 31 December 2013. On this occasion, the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania will organise an European Conference on Cultural Heritage, entitled ‘Cultural Heritage and the EU 2020 Strategy: towards an integrated approach’, which will take place in Vilnius on 13-14 November. Read more

 

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW PROJECT ‘CULTURAL HERITAGE COUNTS FOR EUROPE’ HELD IN BRUSSELS

On 3-4 July, the European project ‘Cultural Heritage and the EU 2020 Strategy: Towards an integrated approach’ held its first Steering Committee meeting in Brussels. This project will gather, analyse, consolidate and widely disseminate the existing data on the impact of cultural heritage on society and the economy. It will result in a European mapping of the evidence-based research that has already been carried out at European, national, regional, local and/or sectoral levels. Furthermore, the project aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into heritage’s full potential. Read more

 

 

THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE HEADS FORUM ADVOCATES A STRONGER COOPERATION BETWEEN PUBLIC BODIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY

The European Heritage Heads Forum (EHHF) - an informal network that brings together the heads of the European state heritage authorities - met on 23-24 May in Oslo to share ideas about the management of historic environments. This Forum is an important arena for cooperation between European directors of cultural heritage. One of the main points of discussion at this year’s EHHF meeting was the cooperation between public authorities and the NGO sector and Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, was invited to contribute to this discussion from the European perspective. The meeting in Oslo ended with the adoption of a special ‘Statement on Cooperation with NGOs and the wider Civil Society’. Read more

 

 

JPI/JHEP ADVISORY BOARD MEETING – 11 APRIL 2013 IN AMERSFORT, THE NETHERLANDS

The Annual meeting of the Advisory Board to the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on ‘Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe’ was held on 11 April 2013 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Hosted by the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), the meeting was combined with a workshop concerning the cooperation of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGO) with this JPI. Europa Nostra is represented on the JPI Advisory Board by EN Executive Vice-President John Sell. He was unable to attend the meeting and was replaced by Council member Laurie Neale. Read more

 

 

JOINT PROGRAMMING CONFERENCE – 1 MARCH 2013 IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

As a member of the Advisory Board on the JPI/JHEP, EN was invited to contribute to the Joint Programming Conference organised by the Irish presidency of the EU last February 28 and March 1. The Conference brought together more than 400 delegates from over 40 countries, under the theme ‘Agenda for the Future & Achievements to Date’ of the many European Union JPIs. On 1 March 2013, EN Council member Astrid Weij reflected on the JPI from a civil society perspective. In a parallel session with the title The role of JPIs in meeting the needs of citizens and society in Europe, Astrid Weij presented the work of Europa Nostra, and discussed the importance of and the need for the research which will be supported by the JPI “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe” in insuring the protection of Europe’s vulnerable cultural heritage and in raising awareness of the value of Europe’s valuable cultural heritage assets among the public at large. Read more


MEMBERSHIP

 

HERITAGE TOURS 2014

In 2014, Europa Nostra will offer three unique heritage tours, designed exclusively for Europa Nostra members in conjunction with our long-term travel partner, Specialtours. In line with the success formula of our tours, during all three tours numerous private properties will be visited, whilst also the historical and cultural background of the regions to be visited will not be neglected.

Barcelona: A City of Revival - 8 to 13 April 2014

Private Houses & Castles of Skåne, Sweden - 8 to 13 September 2014

Unknown Italy: Puglia & Basilicata - 8 to 14 October 2014

 

For further details and a priority reservation form, please contact: +44 20 7386 4690 or info@specialtours.co.uk

 

 

A WARM WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

Since March 2013, Europa Nostra welcomed 13 new Member Organisations, 2 Associate Organisations, 1 Corporate Friend, 38 Individual Members and 2 Life Members from 22 different countries. We warmly welcome these organisations and persons and thank them for their confidence and support.

 

Member Organisations

ACTA VISTA – France

Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie VZW – Belgium

Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) – Malta

Antipatrea, Berati i Iashte – Albania

Initiative for St Andrew's Passage – Ukraine

Novi Otok – Croatia

Association for Preserving and Fostering of the Vinca Culture – Serbia

Foundation for the Preservation of the Architectural Heritage of Corinthia – Greece

European Cultural Tourism Network ECTN - UK

Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux – Luxembourg

CyArk Europe - UK

European Federation of Associations of Technical & Industrial Heritage – Belgium

Association of Flemish Conservators-Restorers – Belgium

 

Associate Organisations

Intercultural Euromediterranean Center for UNESCO - Greece

Grad Sveta Nedelja - Croatia

 

Corporate Friend

Rolex Hellas SA - Greece

 

JOIN EUROPA NOSTRA!

We invite all organisations and persons committed to cultural and natural heritage to join Europa Nostra: heritage professionals and volunteers; associations, networks and federations; foundations; public authorities and agencies; museums, schools and universities; corporations and businesses. Contribute to our mission and action by sharing your knowledge, experience, passion and enthusiasm!

 

To become a member: www.europanostra.org/join-us

 

 

PARTNERSHIPS

 

BUY A ROSA EUROPA NOSTRA TO SUPPORT OUR WORK!

Upon the initiative of Europa Nostra Belgium, the Belgian rose hybridizer Martin Vissers decided to baptize one of its award-winning roses as “Rosa Europa Nostra”. Under the name Esprit d’Amour, this newly developed rose has already been awarded in international rose competitions with the Golden Medal “The Rose of the Year” in Monza 2012 and certified as “true new variety” at the 106th Concours International de Roses Nouvelles in Paris in June 2013. Read more

 

 

THE BEST IN HERITAGE 2013 TO HOST THE FIRST GLOBAL HERITAGE FORUM

A new addition to this year’s The Best in Heritage event, which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 19 to 21 September, is the Global Heritage Forum. The aim of this initiative, a joint-venture between Europa Nostra and the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), is to bring together senior representatives of European and international heritage organisations to discuss a global agenda for heritage. Around 140 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the conference and the presentation of the Global Heritage Forum initiative. Read more

 

 

INTO CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AFRICA (UGANDA)

The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), with which Europa Nostra has developed a mutually beneficial partnership since 2009, will hold its biennial conference in Entebbe, Uganda, from 30 September to 4 October. This is the first time that such a high profile international meeting on heritage will be conducted on the African continent. Entitled ‘Our Heritage, Our Future: Cultural Diversity for Responsible Development’, the growing appreciation and relevance of heritage for our future well-being will be explored at the gathering. Read more

 

 

“ENTOPIA - OUR PLACES IN EUROPE” MEETING TOOK PLACE IN ATHENS

On 13 June members of the ‘ENtopia - Our Places in Europe’ project committee met at the offices of Elliniki Etairia during the 50th Anniversary Congress in Athens. “What human beings need is not utopia (‘no place’), but entopia (‘in place’)…a place which satisfies the dreamer and is acceptable to the scientist, a place where the projections of the artist and the builder merge.” This is how Costantinos Doxiadis defined the word “entopia” in his book “Ekistics”.  Read more

 

 

EUROPA NOSTRA IS GUEST OF HONOUR OF THE OMMEGANG 2013

For its 50th Anniversary, Europa Nostra was guest of honour of the famous Ommegang which took place in Brussels on 2 July. Every year (on the first Tuesday of July and the following Thursday), the Ommegang passes through the streets of Brussels to Grand-Place to commemorate both the procession of yore and the arrival into Brussels of Charles V and his son Philippe on 5 June 1549 with a large following of nobles and the powerful. Read more

 

 

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIONS

 

EUROPA NOSTRA DENMARK AWARD GOES TO WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECT HENNING LARSEN

The internationally acclaimed architect Henning Larsen was conferred the Europa Nostra Denmark Award in acknowledgment of his substantial and significant efforts to develop contemporary architecture rooted in both the history and context of the location. The prize was presented by Europa Nostra’s former President HRH the Prince Henrik of Denmark, on 20 June, on-board the Royal Yacht Dannebrog in the Amaliehaven of Copenhagen. On behalf of the winner, Mette Kynne Frandsen, CEO at Henning Larsen Architects, received the award and thanked Europa Nostra Denmark for this “prestigious award”. Read more

 

 

EVENTS

19 August

THE @DIVERSITY IDEA COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN

19-22 August – Duns, UK

A VISIT TO THE BORDERS

19 September – Seville, SPAIN

INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE ON HISTORIC SETTINGS

19-21 September – Dubrovnik, CROATIA

THE BEST IN HERITAGE EVENT 2013 TO HOST GLOBAL HERITAGE FORUM

23-28 September – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

CONFERENCE ON "PROTECTING DELTAS, HERITAGE HELPS"

30 September-4 October – Entebbe, UGANDA

INTO CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AFRICA (UGANDA)

7 October – Chichester, UK

MEDIEVAL ROOFS OF EUROPE

21 October – Lisbon, PORTUGAL

HELENA VAZ DA SILVA AWARD CEREMONY

24 October – London, UK

A VISIT TO KING’S CROSS

4-5 November – Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS

SEMINAR ON "MOVABLE RELIGIOUS HERITAGE: VALUES AND PROTECTION"

13-14 November – Vilnius, LITHUANIA

CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE EU 2020 STRATEGY

5 December – Brussels, BELGIUM

SAVE THE DATE: EUROPA NOSTRA POLICY CONFERENCE

 

 

 

 

COLOPHON

 

EUROPA NOSTRA represents a rapidly growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Our pan-European network is composed of 250 member organisations (heritage associations and foundations with a combined membership of more than 5 million people), 150 associated organisations (governmental bodies, local authorities and corporations) and also 1500 individual members who directly support our mission. It covers almost 50 countries in Europe and beyond. Plácido Domingo, the world’s renowned opera signer, is the President of Europa Nostra.

 

Together,

  • we form an important lobby for cultural heritage in Europe;
  • we celebrate excellence through the European Heritage Awards organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Union; and
  • we campaign to save Europe’s endangered historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes.

 

We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe.

 

 

Europa Nostra International Secretariat

Lange Voorhout 35,  2514 EC Den Haag,  Netherlands   T +31 70 302 40 50   F +31 70 361 78 65

E info [at] europanostra [dot] org

 

Europa Nostra Brussels Office

67 Rue de Trèves / Trierstraat, 1040  Brussels,  Belgium   T +32 2 400 77 02  F +32 2 234 30 09

E bxl [at] europanostra [dot] org

 

PHOTO: 2013 Winners at the Odeon Atticus Theatre in Athens. Studio Panoulis