Throughout 2018, the diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at European Union, national, regional and local level- will be celebrated. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage European citizens to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.
The year focuses on children and young people, who will become guardians of the heritage for the next generations. This educational value of cultural heritage is emphasized, as is its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. Moreover, also promotes smart ways to preserve, manage and reuse Europe’s heritage.
To make sure the efforts leave an imprint beyond 2018, the Commission, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and other partners, will run long-term projects around ten themes (ten European initiatives) that correspond to four principles that define what European cultural heritage stands for: engagement, sustainability, protection and innovation.. The objective is to help trigger real change in the way heritage is enjoyed, protected and promoted, making sure that the European year benefits citizens in the longer term.