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We believe in diversity as a force for democracy and encourage dialogue as a means of building peace.


Our vision reflects the values of a democratic, dynamic, integrated and creative European society.


We strive towards a Europe where the diversity of cultures, the arts, and cultural and natural heritage are essential to the development of a genuine openness of mind and basic rights, and where open and interactive processes and practices of culture encompass different elements that combine to help us deal with the complexities of living with ourselves and one another. (more...)


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The Diversity Advantage Challenge

The Diversity Advantage Challenge is a means to raise awareness among the public and private decision-makers about the benefits of diversity and to provide a large number of examples of how organisations, businesses and cities which have realised these benefits by creating innovative products, services, ideas and initiatives. The challenge will help understand better the conditions under which diversity generates innovation and the doís and doníts of the process. It is a contest for the best real-life stories of the successful involvement of people of different cultural backgrounds in the design of innovative products, services, policies, projects and initiatives. The stories should illustrate how it is possible to harness cultural diversity to the benefit of businesses, organisations and communities. Interested local authorities, enterprises, civil society organisations, media and other institutions worldwide are invited to share their stories by 31 October 2014. [10/09/2014]


Regional Training Course on Cultural Routes Tourism Development Strategy in cooperation with UNWTO.

On the basis of a comprehensive theoretical introduction, this training course which will be held on 8-12 September 2014, in Gaillac (France), is designed for 20 participants and will transmit a practical approach to relevant areas of tourism strategy, under the guidance of three experts from the UNWTO.These experts will share relevant experiences from their daily work. Topics of the course include: Tourism strategy, quality and sustainability; the Council of Europe Cultural Routes - programme and methodology; Situational analysis; Tourism development, strategy and monitoring. (more...) [09/09/2014]


Enabling citizens in the digital era

An expert group will begin preparing policy guidelines for member states towards creating an environment for enabling digital culture and empowering citizens. The meeting on 15 September will look at the need to modernize cultural institutions, enhance media and information literacy. Access to digital culture and the conditions for its creation and dissemination will also be discussed. [11/09/2014]


Finland invites citizens to discuss the value of cultural heritage for society Finland has launched a project, which paves way for the ratification of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention). The aim of the project is to explore in an interactive process and wide public discussion the implications of the ratification and make suggestions for actions. Crowdsourcing is used in order to accumulate ideas, knowledge and experience. An open web consultation, workshops in different parts of the country and active use of social media are used as instruments to gather ideas and views of various interest groups and individual citizens. (more...) [08/09/2014]


15th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

The 15th Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on the theme "Sustainable Landscapes and Economy: on the inestimable natural and human value of the landscape" will be held in Urgup, Nevşehir, (Turkey) from 1st to 2nd October 2014. Five Workshops will analyse the following themes: A journey in the landscapes of Turkey; Landscape values and economic valuation; Urban landscapes and economy; Rural landscapes and economy; Implementation tools, instruments and procedures. The Meeting is aimed at government officials, representatives of local and regional authorities, universities, professionals, public and private governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the fields of landscape, environment, heritage, culture and sustainable territorial development. (more...) [11/09/2014]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

New website for the European Heritage Days

Graphical improvements, easy navigation, structured content, documents and resources made more accessible: the European Heritage Days website has changed its image to offer a better service to users. This new site has as its objective to be more ergonomic and more attractive, it is hoped that it will also be a useful work tool. It will constantly be changed, new information will be added regularly. Do not hesitate to share your comments and suggestions at You can also follow the activities of the European Heritage Days on Twitter and Facebook. [27/06/2014]


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Stones that talk, a rehabilitation and education programme for stone structures

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