The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
ENEWSLETTER November 2012
SAVE THE DATE: EUROPA NOSTRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONGRESS, ATHENS 13 - 17 JUNE 2013
Mid-October, members of the Europa Nostra Board headed by the Executive President, Denis de Kergorlay, visited Cyprus for a series of meetings and heritage visits. Costa Carras, Senior Vice-President of Europa Nostra and Professor Gianni Perbellini, President of the Europa Nostra’s Scientific Council, also took part in this visit. On this occasion, Europa Nostra renewed contacts with its member organisations in Cyprus (in particular, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Society) and also established a series of new contacts with potential new members and partners.
Europa Nostra’s visit to Cyprus coincided with the events marking the European Heritage Days 2012 that were hosted by the Cyprus Presidency of the EU. Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, took active part in the European Heritage Days events in Cyprus, She also took the initiative to host a meeting with members of the Europa Nostra Board and a series of associations, foundations and individuals committed to cultural heritage in Cyprus. The purpose of this meeting was to encourage the establishment of an active Europa Nostra country representation in Cyprus. Read more
Upon the initiative of Maestro Plácido Domingo, the newly created President's Circle held its founding gathering beginning of the year in Valencia, Spain. The President's Circle was established with the aim to bring together Europa Nostra's largest benefactors who are kindly willing to contribute to the efforts led by Maestro Domingo and the Europa Nostra Board to raise adequate funds for our organisation to match the increased level of our ambition. The next President’s Circle event will take place on 10 and 11 November in Vienna, Austria. Read more
On 22 and 23 November the Council meeting is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, followed by the liaison meeting with Europa Nostra Country Representations on 24 November.
Two of Europa Nostra’s corporate sponsors in Finland: Lapponia Jewelry and Fiskars cordially invite all Europa Nostra Council Members to visit respectively the Lapponia’s goldsmith workshop and Fiskars Museum in Arabianranta on Friday, 23 November. We thank Europa Nostra Finland for the preparation of the meetings and visits. Read more
The 48th Colloquium of the Europa Nostra Scientific Council, organised in collaboration with the Kadir Has University in Istanbul, took place in Cappadocia (Turkey) from 23 – 28 September 2012. Scientific Council Members presented cases of underground defenses and fortifications from across Europe and discussed challenges of their conservation. Read more
On 30 October, Europa Nostra's country representation in UK organised a special event at Spencer House, an exceptional 18th century historic building located at the heart of historic London. The Annual General Meeting which was chaired by Professor Peter Collins, Chairman of Europa Nostra UK, attracted the participation of a large number of Europa Nostra's members (organisations and individuals) from UK. Europa Nostra's Executive Vice-President, John Sell and Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General took part in this meeting as well. Read more
Europa Nostra and the European Museum Academy have taken the joint initiative to launch the Heritage in Motion Festival. These two founding partner organisations felt the need to gather the best multimedia products and achievements at a European Festival, focussing specifically on themes related to the safeguarding and promotion of Europe's heritage. 'Heritage in Motion' is a biennial Multimedia Festival for the creators, the audiences and users of films, games, apps and websites on themes related to Europe's heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. The first edition is scheduled on 13-14 September 2013 in Pathé Buitenhof, The Hague, The Netherlands. Read more
TAP magazine, Portugal's airline inflight publication, published an interview with Europa Nostra's President Plácido Domingo in their September issue. The interview took place on the occasion of the annual Europa Nostra Congress in Lisbon. The article refers to the European Heritage Awards Ceremony that Plácido Domingo co-hosted together with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, at the Jéronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Read more
HERITAGE IN DANGER
Europa Nostra wrote earlier this year to the Ruling Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, stressing the significance of the gas light heritage in Berlin, and appealing for a moratorium before further removal and conversion to electric light takes place. This appeal has set in motion greater engagement of citizens, further mobilised the public and resulted in many articles in press and media. Inspired by the initiative of Europa Nostra the Berlin Curatorium of its member organisation, Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, organised an important public discussion with experts on the issue in the Town Hall of Charlottenburg, one of the main areas with many historic gas lanterns located in western Berlin. In response, The Senate of Berlin hastily organised a press conference which resulted in critical and unfavourable media reports of the policy led by the Senate and featuring Europa Nostra’s support to the campaign to save Berlin’s gas light and gas lanterns in major newspapers of the German-speaking world (e.g.Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neue Züricher Zeitung). Read more
At the Europa Nostra’s Annual Congress, including a public Forum on “Saving Europe’s Endangered Heritage”, which was held in Lisbon, Europa Nostra members expressed, once again, their deep concern regarding the Rosia Montana open ore mining project and the major threats it represents for the unique cultural heritage, as well as for the natural landscape and the environment of the entire area of Rosia Montana. Following this Congress, Europa Nostra sent a letter to the new Prime Minister of Romania, Mr Victor Ponta, conveying to him our members’ concerns. Europa Nostra received a response from the Minister of Environment and Forests, Rovana Plumb. Read more
The House of European History is an initiative of the European Parliament launched by Hans-Gert Pöttering in February 2007, in his inaugural speech as President of the European Parliament. The House of European History aims to promote a better understanding of European history and integration through a new cultural institution and exhibition centre. End of May 2012, Europa Nostra has been alerted by Europa Nostra Belgium, its Belgian country representation, about the alleged threats to the former Eastman Institute due to the plan to alter its volume fundamentally in order to adapt it to the needs of the future House of European History. Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering replied to the letter. Read more
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
This year, a total of 197 candidatures from 29 different countries were received at the Europa Nostra International Secretariat in The Hague. The selection process of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013 has started: the Awards Juries will meet next January and February to choose the winning entries. The largest number of entries was received in Category 1 (Conservation). For Categories 2 (Research) and 3 (Dedicated Service to Heritage) we received the same number of applications as last year while the Category 4 (Education, Training, and Awareness-Raising) saw and increase of 39%. Read more
The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra local award ceremony, for the exemplary restoration and enhancement of the Ancient Citadel at Aghios Andreas, took place on the island of Sifnos on Saturday 13 October 2012. It was a very significant moment for the island, as well as for the entire country, as it underlined the pan-European recognition of the efforts, currently being executed around Greece, on issues of culture, often under difficult conditions and during a very negative economic period for the country. Read more
A national award ceremony for the Turkish winners of this year's EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards took place in Istanbul on 6 October. The Miletos Ilyas Bey Complex won the prize in the category Conservation and the Allianoi Initiative and Dr. Ahmet Yaras was awarded in the category dedicated service. Piet Jaspaert, member of Europa Nostra Board and member of the Jury for category dedicated service, attended the ceremony in Istanbul. Read more
On 4 October H.M. The Queen of Spain, in her capacity as Patron of Hispania Nostra, hosted at Palacio del Pardo in Madrid a national awards ceremony for Spanish winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards in 2011 and 2012. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Spanish heritage organisations and other partners of Europa Nostra in Spain. The Europa Nostra Board was represented by Vice-President, Alvaro Santa Cruz and the Jury for Category Conservation was represented by its Chairman, José-Maria Ballester. Read more
The Local award ceremony took place in Brussels on 3 October 2012 at the Institute of Sociology more commonly known as “The Solvay Library”. The ceremony was honoured by the participation of Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. Mr Jan Truszczynski, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission and Mrs Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra also spoke at the ceremony. Read more
On 18 September, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, addressed a large audience of some 200 local adults and children in a beautiful rural area some 10k north of the capital, Vilnius. They were assembled to celebrate the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award to Liubavas Manor Watermill. On her arrival, the President unveiled the Europa Nostra plaque, which is now installed as part of the exhibition. And then, at the rear of the mill, she spoke to the visitors, followed by the Minister of Culture, and Alfredas Jomantas, Head of the Division for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture. There was also a short speech of congratulation from the Norwegian Ambassador. Generous EEA funding from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein has been crucial to the success of the project. Finally, after a short recital from a saxophone performer, Dr Roger Woodley, Vice Chair of the Category 1 Jury, described the work of Europa Nostra, and emphasised the project’s special achievement in having been selected for one of only 15 awards from a large number of 146 entries. Read more
The Commission to Preserve National Monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was awarded an Award in Category Dedicated Service back in 2010. The local award ceremony was held on 10 September in Sarajevo. Europa Nostra’s Executive Vice-President John Sell attended the ceremony.
The ceremony took place in the Zemaljski Museum (The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina). Dr. Amra Hadzimuhamedović, Chairperson of the Commission, delivered at the ceremony a brave speech clearly setting out the duty that politicians have to protect the heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read more
The European Heritage Awards Ceremony that took place on 1 June 2012 at Lisbon’s historic Jerónimos Monastery was broadcasted on the Portuguese public TV channel RTP 2 on 24 August. The Ceremony was co-hosted by Europa Nostra's President, Plácido Domingo and the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou. H.E. Mr Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Republic of Portugal and the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended the ceremony and gave speeches, whilst the President of the European Commission Mr José-Manuel Barroso, sent a video message.
During a ceremony at the offices of the European Parliament in Athens, the European Parliament has awarded the Elliniki Etairia Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage the European Citizen’s Prize – Civi Europaeo Praemium for 2012.
Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of EUROPA NOSTRA, in a message read out by Mrs Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, congratulated Elliniki Etairia for its special contribution to the safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage in Europe, and noted: ‘’Today, Europa Nostra celebrates with you and is proud of you. We wish you strength and inspiration to sustain and further expand - in spite of today's difficult times - your important work for our common cause». Read more
The Reflection Group “EU and Cultural Heritage” composed of representatives of Heritage Departments of a number of EU Member States, met on 12-13 September 2012 in Warsaw. Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović was invited to speak at this meeting also representing the European Heritage Alliance 3.3., alongside the representative of the European Commission (DG EAC), Petar Miladinov, and the representative of the Council of Europe (HEREIN Programme), Mickael de Thyse. This was an excellent opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between governmental and non-governmental and civil society bodies which are advocating the need for a future EU strategy concerning cultural heritage, within the scope of the EU competence. Read more
* Meeting at the European Commission: On 24 September, a delegation of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 - composed of members of ECCO, EHHA, ENCATC, Europa Nostra, Heritage Europe-EAHTR, ICOM and ICOMOS - met in Brussels with representatives of the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture, namely with Xavier Troussard, acting Director for Culture & Media and Head of the Unit for Culture Policy, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue and with Petar Miladinov, Policy Officer within this unit of DG EAC.
* Membership: The following new members recently joined the Alliance: the European Association of Walled Towns (EWT), the European Museum Academy (EMA) and the UIA (International Union of Architects) and its workgroup Heritage Region 1. Read more
The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) organised its 20th Annual Conference at Goldsmiths University of London on 12-14 September. The conference, organised under UNESCO’s patronage, presented case studies, seminars, study visits and keynote speakers from the wider field of culture. Representatives from UNESCO, the European Commission and the European Cultural Foundation hosted debates, including one on European Union strategies to support creative and cultural industries and the new Creative Europe programme. Europa Nostra was represented at this Conference by its Staff member, Giuseppe Simone. Read more
On 17 September, MEP Silva Costa, Rapporteur of the EP’s Committee on Culture and Education on the Creative Europe Programme proposal, presented her draft Report on the proposed programme.
The Rapporteur proposed to add the safeguarding and enhancing of Europe’s cultural heritage as a separate objective within the general objectives of Creative Europe, as strongly advocated by Europa Nostra and by other members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. In order to understand the importance of adding the protection of cultural heritage among the general objectives of this programme, the Rapporteur referred to the Framework Convention on Cultural Heritage for Society, one of the most recent documents of the Council of Europe in this field.
Europa Nostra strongly welcomes and supports the report presented by MEP Silva Costa, and in particular the proposed amendments 2, 7, 26 and 39. The vote by the EP’s Culture and Education Committee is scheduled for 27 November. Read more
The 2012 annual conference of NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations, was organised on 2-4 November in Dublin (Ireland) in cooperation with the Irish Museums Association.
At the National Gallery of Ireland, directors and other representatives from national museum organisations, cultural stakeholders, project partners and similar bodies from all over Europe met to discuss topics relevant to the European museums sector and to exchange ideas and experiences. Astrid Weij, member of the Europa Nostra Council represented Europa Nostra. Read more
Two members of the Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee, Francesco Calzolaio (Italy) and Hildebrand de Boer (NL), were invited by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to take part in the meeting of the Sub-Committee on Culture, Diversity and Heritage of the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media which was organised on 21 September 2012 in Maribor (Slovenia), this year’s European Capital of Culture. The main focus of this meeting was on the challenges related to the protection of industrial heritage in Europe.
The Sub-Committee considers industrial heritage as being one of the most important monuments of our common European history. The task of the Sub-Committee is to prepare a document on this topic, which will be adopted at one of the 2013 PACE plenary sessions in Strasbourg. Read more
Since July 2012, Europa Nostra welcomed 3 new Member Organisations and 2 new Associate Organisations as well as 16 Individual Members from 7 different countries. We warmly welcome these organisations and persons and thank them for their confidence and support.
Association Botenclub Westelijke Eilanden – The Netherlands
The Heritage Alliance – United Kingdom
Alba Iulia Municipality – Romania
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
The new Best in Heritage event, organised in partnership with Europa Nostra, took place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 27-29 September. Twenty-three awarded projects from 17 countries and 133 participants from 31 countries attended. The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards Programme was represented with six laureates from the year 2011. The presentation of the Croatian project “Preserving Dry-Stone Masonry Techniques of the Eastern Adriatic”, laureate of an 2011 award in the Category Education, Training and Awareness-raising, won the title of the best formal presentation, as voted by the audience. Read more
Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 was a very successful contest, with more than 350,000 submissions by more than 15,000 people in 35 countries! The winners of the national competitions will become known in October / November (keep an eye on the national websites for details) and each country can submit up to ten nominees for the international finale. A dedicated jury will judge all these nominated pictures, and we will award extra prizes to the best of them by early December. Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović is part of the European jury, judging the best shots coming from Europe. Read more
On Thursday, 27 September in Lisbon, EUROCLIO (The European Association of History Educators) launched the award-winning Historiana.eu website, during the Global Education Conference organised by the North South Centre, a body created under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The project began in 2010 with a donation from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. It is now being financed by European Union Lifelong Learning Programme, and is part of the Exploring European History and Heritage initiative. Co-financers are the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Open Society Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Laurie Neale, currently Europa Nostra Council member, is a member of the Historiana Advisory Board and provided input from the European heritage sector during the development of the Historiana.eu project and website.
The current year’s tour programme ended with a very successful, sold-out tour to Turin, the capital of Piedmont in Italy, and its surroundings. For 2013 three exclusive tours are programmed for our members. In May the lovely private Châteaux of the eastern part of the Loire will not only be subject of unique visits, but one of them will also provide highly attractive lodging during this tour. The next tour will take place in September, when a range of wonderful country houses in Ireland will be toured. The beautiful Irish countryside and pretty villages and towns will add to the attractiveness of this tour. The third tour in mid October will have Rome’s magnificent private Palazzos as its main theme. We have managed to obtain entry into some of Rome’s most important houses and their impressive gardens. As is usual on our heritage tours, many of the owners of these private properties have kindly extended invitations for a meal at their houses to us. Early registration is strongly recommended, since interest in these tours is proving strong. For full descriptions of the tours and booking particulars we may refer you to our website, whilst a printed tours brochure will gladly be sent to you upon request.
14 November 2012 – Venice, ITALY
15 November 2012 – Istanbul, TURKEY
21-24 November 2012 – Paris, FRANCE
22 November 2012 – Leipzig, GERMANY
26 January 2013 – Aveiro, PORTUGAL
13 – 17 June 2013 – Athens, GREECE
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.
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PHOTO: Famagusta by E.Georgiadou-Sahin
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