The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
ENEWSLETTER March 2013
Preparations for Europa Nostra’s 50th anniversary Congress in Athens are progressing in an excellent way. The already confirmed programme has been further enriched with the confirmation received from the renowned Italian architect, Andrea Bruno, to hold a public lecture in the evening of 14 June 2013 at the recently restored Averoff Building of the Athens School of Architecture. Register Now
Venice, the European city which triggered the creation of Europa Nostra, will host a series of meetings marking the Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary from 14 to 16 March. The highlight will be a four-hour public debate entitled ‘For the Renaissance of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage’, on 15 March at the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture and Science. The renowned Italian art critic, TV presentator and Professor Philippe Daverio will make an introductory speech and several Italian representatives of public and private bodies concerned with heritage protection will take part in panel discussions. Read more
Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović is among the 15 personalities invited by the European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso to take part in the Cultural Committee that will prepare the general assemblies and manifesto for the ‘New Narrative on Europe’ project. Set up in association with EC Vice-president Viviane Reding and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, this initiative aims to propose a new vision and identity for the European project, reflecting on its cultural values and unity. The first meeting of this Committee was held on 28 February in Brussels and the launch event of the ‘New Narrative on Europe’ will take place on 23 April also in Brussels . Read more
Europa Nostra is very proud to announce that its project proposal “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: Towards an European Index for Cultural Heritage” has been selected, on 28 February 2013, amongst the 4 projects (out of 17 submitted proposals) to receive a grant in the framework of the Culture Programme (2007-2013) / Budgetary year 2013 under Strand 3.2 – Cooperation projects between organisations involved in cultural policy analysis. The official legal commitment will be established upon signature of a Grant Agreement between Europa Nostra, coordinator of the project, and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Read more
Europe's leading heritage organisation Europa Nostra launched on 24 January its new flagship programme ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ with the European Investment Bank Group, represented by the EIB Institute, as its founding partner. This programme will identify endangered monuments and sites in Europe and mobilize public and private partners on a local, national and European level to find a sustainable future for those sites. Read more
Europa Nostra, represented by its Executive President, Denis de Kergorlay, its Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, and the President of Europa Nostra Norway, Erik Schultz, was delighted to witness the European Union receive the Nobel Prize for Peace at a prestigious ceremony held in Oslo’s City Hall, on 10 December. Read more
The President of Europa Nostra, the world-renowned opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo, received the title of Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO. Plácido Domingo's appointment comes in recognition of his "exceptional artistic career, his inestimable support for young opera musicians through the Operalia competition and his dedication to the values and ideals of UNESCO”, stated Irina Bokova, the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, in the ceremony that took place at the organisation’s headquarters in Paris on 21 November. Irina Bokova also praised Plácido Domingo’s tireless commitment to protecting cultural and natural heritage in Europe and highlighted the fruitful collaboration between the two organisations. Read more
Europa Nostra’s Executive President Denis de Kergorlay was honoured with ‘La Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’, one of the highest distinctions conferred by the French Republic, at a memorable ceremony at the Cercle Interallié in Paris on 10 January. The white star hanging from a red ribbon, which has been a symbol of talent, courage and dedication to the nation for more than two centuries, was awarded to Denis de Kergorlay for his voluntary engagement for the safeguard of cultural and natural heritage and for his active contribution to European and international cooperation in this field. Read more
HERITAGE IN DANGER
The meeting of the International Advisory Panel of ‘The 7 Most Endangered programme’ will take place in The Hague, at Europa Nostra’s headquarters, on 9-10 April. Eminent experts in the field of cultural and natural heritage, who offer a wide range of perspectives and independent assessment, will prepare a short list of the 14 most endangered monuments and sites in Europe. The Europa Nostra Board will then select the final list of ‘7 most endangered’ to be publicly announced on 16 June in Athens. Read more
Over 20.000 signatures were collected for a petition asking the Senate of Berlin for a moratorium on the plans to replace gas by electric light and to develop a comprehensive master plan to preserve the majority of gas lanterns with gas light. The Ruling Mayor Klaus Wowereit delegated his Secretary of State Dr. Meng to receive the petition at a very brief meeting on 16 January. Representatives of all the major organisations involved in the campaign including the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (member of Europa Nostra) were present, including Angus Fowler, representing DenkmalWacht Brandenburg-Berlin and Europa Nostra. Dr. Meng expressed criticism of the aim of the petition, which he considered to be not modern and not sufficiently concerned with environmental and financial considerations of importance to the City of Berlin. Read more
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, visited on 8 January the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, a winner of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2012 in the category “Conservation”. Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg - Mihailović attended the visit by President Barroso and spoke to him about the upcoming 50th Anniversary Congress of Europa Nostra in Athens inviting him to be our guest of honour at the ceremony to be held on 16 June at the Odeion of Herodes Atticus. She also handed over to President Barroso a copy of the “Portugal special” of the Europa Nostra’s Magazine “Heritage in Motion” which includes an exclusive interview with President Barroso. Read more
The Heritage Awards Juries have completed the arduous yet fascinating task of judging this year’s entries to the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.
A total of 197 candidatures from 30 different countries were received and the Jury meetings took place in Brussels (cat 3), The Hague (cat 4) and Milan (cat 1 and 4).
The competition was very intense, rendering the decision very difficult for the Jury because only a limited number of entries could be selected for the Awards.
The winning entries will be announced in a joint press release by the European Commission and Europa Nostra on 27 March. Read more
Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, reacted to the agreement which was reached by the European Council on 8 February 2013 on the next EU budget.
She stressed that in spite of the e decreasein of g of the overall EU budget for the first time, ever but highlighted that the suggested allocation for the “Creative Europe programme” supporting cultural and creative industries – a high contributor to jobs and growth in Europe – would mean an increase of about 12%. Read more
Europa Nostra’s Secretary General, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, and Council member, Laurie Neale, attended the European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors’ Seminar with Civil Society, held to discuss the bank’s strategy and operations, at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg on 4 February. After participating in the main sessions concerning the EIB’s efforts to achieve sustainable jobs and growth in Europe, with an emphasis on climate action and inclusive development, the Secretary General seized the opportunity to convey a message to the EIB Board of Directors, following the launch of Europa Nostra’s partnership with the EIB within the ‘7 Most Endangered Programme’. Read more
In February, Europa Nostra was invited by various EU Offices of European Regions in Brussels to present its work and action and discuss the cultural heritage strategy at EU level. Read more
On 16 January 2013, Astrid Weij, Europa Nostra Council member, and Louise van Rijckevorsel, Staff member responsible for the Europa Nostra Liaison Office in Brussels, took part in the Stakeholders’ Consultation by Rapporteur Mr. Anton Rombouts (NL/EPP, Chair of the EDUC Commission), for the Committee of the Regions' opinion on the European Commission communication on “Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU". Read more
On 10 January 2013, Europa Nostra participated actively in the meeting organised in Brussels by the House of European History for the main European professional networks active in the fields of museums, heritage and history education. This event was the occasion for the Academic Project Team to present the progress made and plans ongoing for the House of European History project, including the permanent exhibition tracing the history of Europe as a whole, with a particular focus on the 20th century, and to explore the possibilities of cooperation with the European networks concerned in the medium and long term.
Concerning the architectural and heritage dimension of the House of European History to be located in the Eastman Building, Europa Nostra was pleased to have facilitated the organisation of a meeting on 18 December 2012 between Mr Pöttering, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the team of the House of European History, and heritage NGOs based in Brussels. Read more
On 4 January 2013, Europa Nostra and two of its member organisations, the European Historic Houses Association and the European Landowners’ Organization, sent a joint contribution to the online consultation of the European Commission on the “Review of existing legislation on VAT reduced rates”.
Since many years, Europa Nostra has been advocating the need to introduce on a permanent basis reduced VAT rates for labour intensive services related to the renovation and maintenance of places of worship, cultural heritage and historic monuments, convinced that it could make a significant contribution to the quality of our historic environment and the creation of new jobs. This consultation was a new opportunity to convince policy makers of our standpoint highlighting the resource efficiency element. Read more
On 4 December 2012, Europa Nostra met Henri Malosse, the current President of the Employers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), who will be appointed as next EESC President in April 2013, and Joost P. van Iersel, Dutch member of the EESC (Employers’ Group). Read more
EUROPA NOSTRA MEETINGS
The next President’s Circle gathering will take place in London on 20-21 April. The first day’s programme includes a private visit to the Royal Institution and the opportunity to join a guided walk in the St. James district. The highlight of the event will be the performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera ‘Nabucco’, with Plácido Domingo in the title role, at the Royal Opera House that evening. The Europa Nostra’ President will afterwards host a dinner for all the members of this exclusive group of Europa Nostra’s major benefactors. On the second day, there will be a visit to Leighton House, a 2012 winner of an European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award in the ‘Conservation’ category. Read more
Productive and fruitful meetings of Europa Nostra Board, Council and Country Representations took place on 22-23-24 November in Helsinki, upon invitation by Europa Nostra Finland. Inspired by the Finnish cultural environment and warm hospitality, as well as the magnificent setting of the House of Nobility, member organisation of Europa Nostra which hosted the meetings, effective discussions and decisions were taken by the Europa Nostra various bodies. Read more
Europa Nostra’s Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee (IEHC) met in Newcastle from 25 to 28 October. The venue of Newcastle was significant not only because it is IEHC-member Cyril Winskell’s hometown (the Committee meets 2 times a year, always in the city where one of its 10 members lives and works) but also because Newcastle is the place where the IEHC was “born”: Europa Nostra’s Annual Congress was held there in 2008 with a Forum on Industrial and Engineering Heritage. The subsequent creation of the IEHC in October 2008 is seen as one of its tenable results. Read more
Due to strong interest in the 2013 tours, there are only a few places left on the ‘Private Castles in the Loire Region’ tour, to be held from 7 to 12 May. This fascinating tour enables our individual members to visit a number of impressive and inspiring private châteaux, otherwise closed to the public. Also being lodged at a lovely private domain, this tour offers a rare opportunity to see this region, so steeped in history, from a different, far less ‘touristy’ angle. The other two tours to Ireland (9 – 15 September) and to Rome (16-20 October) are already fully booked with waiting lists. Read more
Since November 2012, Europa Nostra welcomed 5 new Member Organisations, 14 Associate Organisations, 37 Individual Members from 10 different countries, 3 members of the President’s Circle, 2 Sustaining Member and 1 Life Member. We warmly welcome these organisations and persons and thank them for their confidence and support.
The Prince's Regeneration Trust – The United Kingdom
Walk of Truth – The Netherlands
Aarhus University - Denmark
Adamshøj Gods - Denmark
Bertelsen & Scheving Arkitekter - Denmark
Constantinsborg A/S - Denmark
Creo Arkitekter A/S - Denmark
Danders & More - Denmark
Edlund A/S - Denmark
Erik Moller Arkitekter - Denmark
Færch Fonden - The Færch Foundation – Denmark
Ivan Eltoft Nielsen - Denmark
KPF Arkitekter A/S - Denmark
Museum Lolland-Falster - Denmark
Næstved Kommune - Denmark
Rønnow Arkitekter A/S - Denmark
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
Have you made a multimedia product related to European Heritage? Submit it now for a Heritage in Motion Award in 2013! ‘Heritage in Motion’ is a new biennial Multimedia Festival for the creators, audiences and users of films, games, apps and websites on themes related to Europe’s heritage - cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. The Festival grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia achievements and creative and innovative products which highlight the value of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage in all its facets. Read more
A new addition to this year’s ‘The Best in Heritage’ conference, which will be held in partnership with Europa Nostra in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 19 to 21 September, is the Global Heritage Forum. The aim of this initiative is to bring together senior representatives of European and international heritage organisations to discuss a global agenda for heritage. This top level but informal meeting, in which a global strategy and an action plan for cultural and natural heritage will be outlined, is a joint-venture between Europa Nostra and the International National Trusts Organisation. Read more
Wiki Loves Monuments, the world's largest online photo contest, announced in December 2012 the international winners out of a selection of 350.000 pictures uploaded by more than 15.000 people.
Europa Nostra has been a partner of Wikipedia's photography contest around monuments and heritage sites since 2011, when it was extended to 18 European countries. In 2012 there were 35 participating countries globally. Read more
In 2012, The Netherlands and Turkey celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Numerous festivities and activities; exhibitions, performances, concerts, state visits and trade missions in both countries, have highlighted this important moment in the history of both countries. In this context, a special magazine entitled Gedeeld Erfgoed / Ortak Miras, focussing on the shared history and heritage of Turkey and The Netherlands has been recently published in Turkish and in Dutch, in partnership with Europa Nostra. Read more
9 March – Budapest, HUNGARY
15 March – Venice, ITALY
21 March – Stockholm, SWEDEN
22-23 March – Dresden, GERMANY
8-10 April – Llandudno, North Wales, UK
8-10 April – Porto, PORTUGAL
9-10 April – The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
20-21 April – London, ENGLAND
31 May – Brussels, BELGIUM
13-17 June – Athens, GREECE
19-21 September – Dubrovnik, CROATIA
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.
We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe.
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PHOTO: Convent of Saint Anthony of Padua, Garrovillas de Alconétar. Cáceres. Spain © Carlos Morenés
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