The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
ENEWSLETTER July 2012
LISBON CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS
1200 persons attended the European Heritage Awards Ceremony held in the evening of 1 June 2012 in the majestic setting of the World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. This ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards.
The ceremony was hosted by Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra and Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. On this occasion they presented the awards to a total of 28 laureates from 15 European countries. They also announced the winners of six Grand Prix winners and the winner of the Public Choice Award. Read more
Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, sent a special video message of greetings to the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. In his video message which was broadcasted during the ceremony, after the opening speech by Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, President Barroso said that “it was symbolic that this ceremony was being held at the Jerónimos Monastery, so important for Portuguese history, where the treaty of accession of Portugal to the European Communities was signed in 1986 and where the Lisbon Treaty was signed in 2007.” Read more
UNESCO has designated the President of Europa Nostra, Plácido Domingo, as “UNESCO Artist for Peace" who will join other internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO's message and programmes.
UNESCO's Director-General, Irina Bokova, expressed her deep appreciation for Domingo's exceptional artistic career and for the many commendable activities aimed at safeguarding and promoting European cultural heritage, in his role as President of Europa Nostra. Read more
Almost 7000 eligible votes from people across Europe were registered in the poll for the Public Choice Award 2012. For the first time since the beginning of the Awards Scheme, an award was given to a project voted by the general public, chosen among the 28 laureates of this year.
The winner of the Public Choice Award – Spanish project Conservation and Promotion Plan for the Fortifications of Pamplona – received large support from the public, who also left their comments of support and encouragement. Some of the comments provided remarks such as: “Every corner of this heritage tells a story and is part of history itself”, or stated that these Fortifications are “like open arms seeking to embrace the World”. Read more
The Orquestra Geração (Generation Orchestra) performed the Portuguese and European anthems – in the presence of H.E. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic T.R.H. the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou – at the beginning of the European Heritage Awards Ceremony. Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, conducted the Orchestra Geração in the majestic setting of the cloisters of the Jerónimos Monastery. This symbolic musical performance by an orchestra composed of children marked the grand opening of the European Heritage Awards Ceremony which was held on 1 June – the International Children Day. Read more
Kátia Guerreiro, outstanding interpreter and ambassador of Portuguese traditional music Fado, rendered an evocative performance during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Lisbon. This performance celebrated the inclusion of Fado on the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity, in the magical setting of of the cloisters of the Jerónimos Monastery – classified in 1983 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more
On Wednesday, 30 May, participants of the European Heritage Congress in Lisbon visited the Palácio de Belém, the official residence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Excellency Mr Aníbal Cavaco Silva. In 2008 the publication and exhibition ‘Do Palácio de Belém’ were awarded with a medal in Category 2 Research for the rigorous inventory and results of outstanding quality. After a guided visit of this remarkable historic building and its gardens, the Congress delegates had the honour to be welcomed in person by the President of the Portuguese Republic and the First Lady.
On this occasion, Denis de Kergorlay, Executive President of Europa Nostra handed over to the President the first copy of the “Portugal special” of the Europa Nostra’s Magazine “Heritage in Motion” which was produced on the occasion of the Congress. Read more
Europa Nostra members from all over Europe attended the exceptional concert on the six historic organs in the Baroque Basilica at the Mafra Palace and Monastery. The previous day at the Jerónimos Monastery, the outstanding and exemplary value of the painstaking restoration of the Mafra organs was honoured by a EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, the only Portuguese laureate to receive this prestigious award in 2012. Read more
Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, held a joint press conference on 1 June 2012 in Lisbon just hours before the Ceremony for the 28 winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards at Jerónimos monastery in the framework of the European Heritage Congress (30 May - 2 June). Read more
This year’s European Heritage Congress and the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Lisbon - honoured with the presence of H.E. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, and T.R.H. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias - received very broad media coverage, which exceeded all expectations and surpassed any other Awards Ceremony of the past. Read more
HERITAGE IN DANGER
Around 200 persons attended the Europa Nostra Forum 2012 on “Saving Europe’s Endangered Heritage” organised in cooperation with the Centro Nacional de Cultura and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 1 June.
International and national experiences and models of advocacy action with regard to heritage were presented by experienced panellists from various organisations and countries, including UNESCO, the World Monument Funds, INTO, ICCROM, Italy, Sweden, France, Bosnia & Herzegovina – Kosovo/UNMIK – Albania, Greece and Belgium. A separate panel focused on the special challenges for the safeguard of heritage in the host country, Portugal. The whole Forum was live streamed and you can watch it online. Read more
Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, wrote to the highest Italian authorities to express the organisation’s sympathy for the loss of human lives and also for the damage to cultural heritage caused by the earthquakes in the Emilia Romagna region in May and June.
A 5.1 quake with epicentre in Finale Emilia (Modena) on the 20 May and another one on 29 May hit a vast area in the provinces of Modena, Ferrara and Bologna and damaged a large amount of churches, towers, castles and municipal residences. Read more
The latest edition of the newsletter produced by the Network of European Museum Organisations contains an editorial (cover page) signed by Europa Nostra's Secretary General, Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic and entitled: "Power of the Networks, Power to the Networks". Following the enriching experience of intense networking during the European Heritage Congress in Lisbon, this article seeks to demonstrate the added value of European networks active in the wider field of cultural heritage. It also stresses the importance of promoting a closer cooperation and stronger synergies between different European networks through the recently created European Heritage Alliance 3.3. Read more
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute was officially launched on 11 June 2012 in Luxembourg at the occasion of the first meeting of its Supervisory Board. EN was invited to attend the event and was represented by its Council Member, Laurie Neale.The Institute will aim to be a catalyst for social, cultural, educational and research activities pursuing economic and social development in the European Union. While the European Investment Bank mobilises its financial resources for targeted investment projects, the EIB Institute will complement the overall activity of the Bank, implementing three action programmes - Knowledge, Social and Arts - favouring economic and social development. Read more
Europa Nostra was invited to a meeting with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Environment, Climate and Social Office (ECSO) to exchange views on the implications for EIB financing, as the bank considers its role in safeguarding European built and natural heritage and cultural landscapes.
Laurie Neale, Europa Nostra Council member, met with Matthew Arndt, Head of Division in ECSO and other expert assessors of related European Investment Bank (EIB) financing sectors, to discuss the often hidden Heritage in Danger issues which can arise from large scale infrastructure projects which the EIB may be asked to help finance. The meeting was an opportunity to further mutual understanding of the cultural heritage sector’s concerns and the EIB’s project application assessment procedures. Read more
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS
NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE EU PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS 2013 – DEADLINE: 1 October 2012
The new call for entries for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is now online. The deadline to send in your application form is 1 October 2012. We advise you to start working on your application well in advance. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions. Apply for an Award
The names of the winners of the public choice award and six 'Grand Prix' laureates in the 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were announced at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and President of Europa Nostra. The ceremony was attended by an audience of 1200 people including H.E. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, and T.R.H. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias. Read more
For more information on awards matters:
Elena Bianchi, Heritage Awards: +31 70 302 4058 or eb[at]europanostra[dot]org
Since May 2012, Europa Nostra welcomed 1 new Member Organisation and 1 new Associate Organisation as well as 11 Individual Members from 6 different countries. We warmly welcome these organisations and persons and thank them for their confidence and support.
Irish Historic Houses Association
Riga Latvian Society, Latvia
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, Armenia
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
For more information on membership matters:
Barbara Zander, +31 70 302 4054 or email@example.com
Twenty five awarded museum, heritage and conservation projects will be presented at the 11th edition of "The Best in Heritage" conference, to be organised in partnership with Europa Nostra in Dubrovnik on 27-29 September 2012. The programme is comprised of most innovative, professionally advanced and inspiring projects, that have been awarded nationally or internationally in 2011. Please visit “The Best in Heritage” website for more details and subscribe to The Best in Heritage Newsletter. Be sure to join this inspirational gathering and save your place for the upcoming event here. Read more
The partnership between the international National Trusts INTO and Europa Nostra continues. This year again Simon Molesworth, chairman of the executive board of INTO, travelled from Australia to participate to the European Heritage Congress organised by Europa Nostra and Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon. As a speaker at the Europa Nostra Forum Saving Europe's Endangered Hertiage, Simon Molesworth made a comparative analysis of the heritage at risk programmes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US and the Australian Council of National Trusts in Australia. Read more
We are pleased to announce the newly established partnership between EUROPA NOSTRA and VIVA EUROPA. This partnership was launched at the end of March in the presence of Europa Nostra’s President, Maestro Plácido Domingo, on the occasion of the founding gathering of the Europa Nostra President’s Circle in Valencia (Spain). Read more
“I Luoghi del Cuore” (“Places I Love”) is a national campaign which has been organised ever since 2004 by one of Europa Nostra's leading member organisations in Italy - FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano). This year for the first time, the 6th edition of this campaign has been extended across the Italian borders to all those who love Italy and its heritage across the world. Europa Nostra has gladly accepted to become one of the international partners of this creative initiative. Read more
Recent years have seen a marked increase in co-operation between the public and private sectors in the management of cultural heritage and historic cities. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Centre for Heritage Conservation at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) are co-organising a public forum and experts’ meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in July 2012, on the subject of the growing importance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the management of heritage cities and historic urban landscapes. The recommendations from the experts’ meeting will be presented at the 5th Culture Ministers' Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) intergovernmental dialogue process (18-19 September 2012, Yogyakarta), which will address the topic “Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future.” Europa Nostra will be represented at this expert meeting by its Council member, Laurie Neale. Read more
The Secretary General of Europa Nostra, Mrs Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović participated as observer in the 36th annual Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 24 June – 6 July 2012. One of the main tasks of the session was to examine the state of conservation of cultural and natural sites already listed on the World Heritage List and to propose and endorse new sites. European sites from Belgium, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey were among the 26 new sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage. Read more
The remaining tour in October 2012, to Torino and Piemonte, is fully booked with quite a long waiting list already. From 2013 onwards, the organisation of our Heritage Tours will be outsourced to the London-based company, Specialtours. In 2013, three Heritage Tours will be offered, all focussing on exclusive visits to private properties: a number of elegant ‘Castles and houses in the Loire region’ of France will be visited from 7 – 12 May; a tour of magnificent ‘Historic houses in Ireland’ is scheduled for 9 – 15 September, and visits to splendid ‘Palaces and houses in Rome and surroundings’ is programmed for 15 – 20 October.
For more information on Heritage Tours:
Barbara Zander : +31 70 302 4054 or bz [at] europanostra[dot]org
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Europa Nostra’s EUROPEAN HERITAGE CONGRESS will take place in Athens, bringing together Europa Nostra members and representatives of the ever-growing cultural heritage movement from all over Europe. This Congress will mark the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra’s continuous action in favour of Europe’s cultural heritage. The Congress will be organised with the invaluable assistance of our member organisation, Elliniki Etairia. Read more
12 July 2012 - Yogyakarta, INDONESIA
27 July 2012 – Jesteburg, GERMANY
31 July 2012
28 August 2012 – Reggio Emilia, ITALY
1 September 2012 - Gjirokastra, ALBANIA
5 September 2012 – Besançon, FRANCE
7 September 2012 - Joensuu, FINLAND
10 September 2012 - Vågå, NORWAY
14 September 2012 - Iași, ROMANIA
14 September 2012 – London, UK
23 September 2012 – Cappadocia, TURKEY
27-29 September 2012
13 October 2012 – Nicosia, CYPRUS
29 October 2012 – Lemesos, CYPRUS
14 November 2012 – Venice, ITALY
15 November 2012 – Istanbul, TURKEY
26 January 2013 – Aveiro, PORTUGAL
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.
We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe.
Europa Nostra International Secretariat
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Europa Nostra Brussels Office
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PHOTO: Laureates of the 2012 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards at Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon
CC-BY-SA Pedro Melim/Europa Nostra
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