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European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The European Year showcased the wealth and diversity of Europe’s cultural heritage, highlighting its role in driving economic and social development, and in creating a shared sense of identity and building Europe’s future.

More than 6 million people took part in over 11,700 events across 37 countries.

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The Framework, which was announced in the European Agenda for Culture that the Commission adopted in May, contains concrete actions to help bring about real change in the way we enjoy, protect and promote Europe’s cultural heritage.

The Framework divides actions into five thematic areas. These actions will run over the next two years and will for instance include:

1. Cultural heritage for an inclusive Europe: participation and access for all

In 2019, the European Commission will launch the #WeAreEuropeForCulture project. It will fund pop-up exhibitions in public spaces, highlighting personal stories and items that have a connection with cultural heritage. It aims to reach people who normally have less contact with cultural heritage.

2. Cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe: smart solutions for a cohesive and sustainable future

The European Capital of Smart Tourism is a new EU initiative rewarding innovative and smart tourism in European cities. In 2019, Helsinki and Lyon will hold the title. The prize is designed to provide a platform for European cities to cooperate and share success stories.

3. Cultural heritage for a resilient Europe: safeguarding endangered heritage

From 2019, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre will develop a novel approach to support the retrofitting of existing historical buildings in its iRESIST+ project. The aim is to help increase their capacity to resist earthquakes and make them more energy efficient.

4. Cultural heritage for an innovative Europe: mobilising knowledge and research

The EU will continue to support the development of specialised skills and competences and improve knowledge management and knowledge transfer in the cultural heritage sector, including through the Erasmus+ programme. The aim is to map skills at risk of being lost, gather statistical evidence, define occupational profiles and develop frameworks for raising awareness and attracting young people to heritage professions.

5. Cultural heritage for stronger global partnerships: reinforcing international cooperation

The EU is setting up an international network for cultural heritage innovation and diplomacy under Horizon 2020. EU expertise will assist third countries in protecting cultural heritage through trainings, and fostering the creation of innovative, tailored made solutions for different areas (EU Neighbourhood countries, Latin America, Africa, Asia).

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