Logotyp för Europaåret för kulturarv 2018
Logotyp för Europaåret för kulturarv 2018.(CC BY)

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a year of events and activities all around Europe to get people interested and involved in cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities and is expressed through natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch. Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. The digital world too, is transforming the way we access heritage.

The year encourages more people to discover and explore the opportunities of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. At the same time, it draws attention to the challenges cultural heritage faces, such as the impact of the digital shift, environmental and physical pressure on heritage sites, and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

  1. Shared European cultural heritage
  2. Cultural heritage in school
  3. Youth for cultural heritage
  4. New use of built cultural heritage
  5. Tourism and cultural heritage
  6. Care of the cultural heritage
  7. Cultural heritage at risk
  8. Intangible Cultural Heritage; such as traditions, crafts, storytelling, music heritage, film heritage etc.
  9. Cultural heritage for everyone
  10. Science and cultural heritage

The EU-initiative ”European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” raises and focuses on ongoing and planned events and projects, but is also intended to be a starting point for new transnational cooperation projects.

Each member country in Europe  presents high quality cultural heritage projects during the year with the aim of showing the breadth of cultural heritage, especially engaging young people. The EU launched a joint campaign site for the year on the of 7 December 2017.

In Sweden, the Swedish National Heritage Board is coordinating the Year.

Labeled projects and events

What is the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018?

  • An EU initiative to emphasize the importance of cultural heritage for cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. The year will also focus on the cultural heritage’s contribution to the economy and as an important part of EU relations with other countries.
  • A common communication platform to highlight already ongoing and planned projects and events, but also a stepping-stone for transnational cultural heritage project in Europe.

Goals of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

  • Promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion
  • Promote the role of heritage in the cultural and creative sectors (including SMEs) and local and regional development
  • Emphasize the role of the cultural heritage for EU external relations, including conflict prevention, reconciliation of conflicts and rebuilding heritage destroyed
  • Raise and highlight projects and events that specifically engage young people as well as qualitative heritage projects in collaboration with, for example, authorities, hospitals, industry, organizations, regions, institutions, federations, etcetera.

Submit a project or an event

Are you planning a cultural heritage conference? A film screening in a cultural environment or perhaps a project on cultural heritage and climate change? Or themes such as knowledge transfer, narration, traditions, music heritage – projects that invite to participate and to share cultural heritage.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 highlights ongoing and planned cultural heritage projects and events throughout Europe. Every year, a large number of high-quality projects are being organized in Sweden – submit your project or event and find out what other member countries do during the year. Particular emphasis is given to projects with the targetgroups children and young people.

How does it work?

In the questionnaire via the link below you are asked to fill in information on your projects and/or events. The questions are based on the EU’s criteria for participation in the year. All projects and events approved may use the ”Europe Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” logo (sent by email). Your project will then be listed on the Swedish Heritage Board’s website and on the EU Campaign Site for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Submit your project / event here (in Swedish)