August to October – European Heritage Days

The heritage of each area consists of objects and places, the meanings and uses that people attach to them and the values they represent. The European Heritage Days, launched by the Council of Europe in 1985, are a concrete example of upholding the values of culture and heritage on our Continent, which are crucial if human rights and the rule of law are to flourish.  They are an occasion to encourage public participation as an act of democratic citizenship, reinforcing a common shared identity at regional, national and European levels. The Council of Europe is dedicated to its commitment for a sustainable development that maintains and protects local heritage, enhances the environment and also associates young Europeans with conservation and restoration projects”. European Heritage Days develop and reinforce a sense of belonging and responsibility for heritage, underlining the importance of human rights and democracy. European Heritage Days are held across Europe from August to October. It is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe since 1999, supported under the Creative Europe program. This year, the central theme is Arts and Entertainment, which will host 70,000 events. European Heritage Days is the largest cultural event in Europe, which aims to showcase the value of our shared heritage and to emphasize the importance of preserving it for present and future generations. Activities to be organized include festivals, exhibitions, craft workshops, conferences and tours, and visitors from Europe and the world will have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy cultural heritage at local, national and European stages, as part of street events., in concert halls, traditional theaters and museums, cinemas and on social networks. European Heritage Days represent an opportunity for European citizens to connect with their own cultural heritage.

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