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Spring 2018


#Ode2Joy #Ode2Europe


Our European Year of Cultural Heritage is in full swing! European events and initiatives are gaining momentum across Europe. EU Institutions, Member States and civil society stakeholders work together to ensure the success and the legacy of this Year. An ambitious EU Agenda for Culture will be soon proposed by the EC and conclusions on cultural heritage will be adopted by the EU Council of Ministers on 23 May. Preparations for the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit “Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values” on 18-24 June in Berlin are in their final phase with many confirmed eminent speakers. “Refondons l’Europe par la Culture” urged French President Emmanuel Macron on several occasions since his memorable speech at the Pnyx in Athens last September. On 2 March, the Europa Nostra delegation led by our President, Plácido Domingo, was honoured to meet in Paris with President Macron and his wife Brigitte to discuss ways in which we can join forces and voices to transpose this vital appeal into reality. In this context, Maestro Plácido Domingo and Europa Nostra invite each and everyone to contribute to our #Ode2Joy Challenge. Be creative and be numerous to post your contribution on social media as of 9 May – OUR EUROPE DAY!

European Cultural Heritage Summit in Berlin
"Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values" (18-24 June)

co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK)


European Policy Debate

Representatives from EU Institutions and Member States will contribute to the European Policy Debate ‘Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values' on 22/06 at the Allianz Forum and the Berlin Congress Centre. Read more


Awards Ceremony

The Ceremony, hosted by our President Plácido Domingo and the EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, in the presence of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will be held on 22/06 at the BCC.
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Heritage Excellence Fair

Proud winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards will present and discuss their outstanding achievements during the Excellence Fair on 21/06 at the Allianz Forum.
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“Marathon” of Heritage Events

The Summit programme comprises some 50 events organised by renowned European and German institutions and associations from the wider field of cultural heritage.
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President Plácido Domingo promotes #Ode2Joy Challenge

Europa Nostra’s President Maestro Plácido Domingo calls on citizens from all over Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge. “Sing, play music, dance, act, recite, take a photo or make a drawing. Make your own Ode to Joy, your own Ode to Europe. Record your creation and share it via social media as of 9 May – Europe Day.” This participatory initiative is one of Europa Nostra’s contributions to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Watch video (subtitled in all EU languages) & Read more

Davos Declaration on high-quality Baukultur

At their meeting in Davos on 22 January, the European Ministers of Culture adopted a Declaration that calls for a policy of high-quality Baukultur for Europe. The Davos Declaration highlights the central role of culture and heritage in our built environment and expresses a vision for a high-quality Baukultur, stressing its benefits for society and outlining the path on how to reach it. Our Secretary General participated at the Ministerial Conference and expressed the full support of civil society to this Declaration. Read more

Europa Nostra issues Learning Kits for Heritage Organisations

At the beginning of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europa Nostra has published Learning Kits on Fundraising, Awareness-Raising & Advocacy, and Citizen Engagement & Education for heritage civil society organisations. The Learning Kits provide innovative and practical approaches to these topics and bring together dozens of outstanding examples from 21 countries across Europe. These digital publications can be easily read and shared online. Read more

In Memoriam

HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, former President of Europa Nostra (1990-2007)

It is with great sadness and profound respect that Europa Nostra pays tribute and expresses its gratitude to His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark who passed away on 13 February 2018. Prince Henrik was the President of Europa Nostra for a period of 17 years, from 1990 to June 2007. His Presidency marked a phase of unprecedented growth and development for our organisation, which is today recognised as the true “Voice” of cultural heritage in Europe. Read more

Other news


Culture is a priority for the new President of European Economic and Social Committee

Workshop on World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Civil Society held in Brussels

Youngsters from across Europe discuss European Identity and Heritage at event in Brussels

Future EU funding for culture - Europa Nostra contributes to public consultation

Future cohesion funding - Europa Nostra contributes to public consultation

Europa Nostra provides input for a new European Agenda for Culture

Europa Nostra delegation discusses cohesion policy with EU Commissioner Cretu

Europa Nostra Secretary General makes inspirational speech for 400 trainees at the EC

EU Ministers of Culture discussed culture as the key driver of the European project

Belgium launches European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The First European Education Summit lays the foundations of the European Education Area 2025



Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2018 announced

City of Antwerp decides to rehabilitate the Historic Stage Machinery of the Bourla Theatre

Finnish Parliament rejects legislative proposal to save Helsinki-Malmi Airport

A look inside the Citadel of Alessandria



Cities in Europe and beyond adopt Geneva Declaration on Human Rights and Cultural Heritage

Plovdiv: Bulgarian Presidency of the EU hosts conference ‘Cultural heritage for a more sustainable Europe’

The Hague: Exhibition 'Targeting Monuments - Targeting History and Memory' opens

Zagreb hosts ‘Europa Nostra: Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values’ exhibition and debate

Luxembourg: Europa Nostra attends European Investment Bank’s seminar

Valletta begins its journey as European Capital of Culture 2018

Venice hosts opening event of 2018 EU-China Tourism Year

London: England starts European Year of Cultural Heritage with great event

Hamburg: Germany kicks off European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018



European Heritage Days 2018: Call for European Heritage Stories

2018 Awards Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

Open Call for Participants International Summer Academy on Managing Historic Urban Landscapes



Opinion Article by Europa Nostra’s President published by Germany’s leading daily newspaper Die Welt

Europa Nostra’s Learning Kits on Fundraising, Awareness-Raising & Advocacy, and Citizen Engagement & Education

Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe Executive Summary in 11 languages

Heritage is Ours – Citizens Participating in Decision Making

Europa Nostra’s Latest News

Latest stories on Heritage Times



Support the work of Europa Nostra



Become a Member of Europa Nostra



2018 Winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards to be announced on 15 May

Cultural heritage related events across Europe (non-exhaustive list)


Europa Nostra invites its members, partners and contacts to share relevant events in the heritage field



Member Organisations

Poland: The Foundation for the Preservation of the Industrial Heritage of Silesia

Norway: Foreningen Fredet

Associate Organisations

Portugal: Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto

Italy, Romania & Slovenia: e-Heritage



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