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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...)


Headline news ... (04/05/2016)


Workshop on effective communication and intercultural messaging in times of crisis

Migration and diversity are now central components of the public debate in Europe on issues of culture, social cohesion and identity. They stir emotion, inflame opinion and attract political controversy with equal measure, presenting those who see strength in the inclusive and intercultural future of cities with unique challenges. Communicating this positive vision of cities requires a media skill-set that combines engaging, optimistic and timely messaging, with a strong understanding and command of data and research. Focused communication of this type is even more crucial during a crisis, which can place city officials in the eye of a media and political storm and put at risk years of community trust-building and solidarity. That is why the Intercultural Cities project is organising a meeting entitled ‘Effective Communication and Intercultural Messaging’ in times of crisis in Paris on 9 and 10 May 2016. (more...) [18/04/2016]


Emerald Network evaluation seminar, 11-13 May 2016, Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)

Independent scientific experts, national authorities and NGOs from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine will gather to assess the sufficiency of the Emerald Network areas in these countries to ensure the long-term survival of the species and habitats of European importance listed in Resolutions No. 4 (1996) and No. 6 (1998). The evaluations will focus on all habitats and species (except birds) in the Continental biogeographical region (Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine), in the Pannonian region and in the Alpine region for the Carpathians (Ukraine). The draft conclusions on the sufficiency of the proposed candidate Emerald sites are already available on the meeting webpage and will be discussed during the event. [27/04/2016]


Heritage around us: The spirit of European Heritage Days lives throughout the year in Slovenia

As part of the preparations for European Heritage Days (EHDs) 2016, in February and March, Slovenia held 11 regional conferences across the country alongside with a special conference for the Slovene community in Trieste (Italy). These conferences, which represent a non-formal expression of adult education, were attended by more than 500 participants from a wide range of organisations, from museums and non-governmental organizations to schools, and therefore represent an excellent opportunity for networking at the local level. More than 50 speakers took part. (more...) [26/04/2016]


The power of culture

The power of culture and the arts is an infinite resource - to be fully used to benefit societal inclusion and manage diversity: On 2 May experts from European art institutions and governments brainstormed the next generation of Council of Europe Art Exhibitions/ cultural events to raise awareness of the Organisation’s values and to address current challenges. [04/05/2016]

Draft programme


FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

2018 proposed to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

At European Culture Forum held in Brussels on 19th April 2016, a special public announcement was made by European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics. Emphasizing the importance of protecting and preserving cultural heritage, Mr. Navracsics confirmed that European Commission is to present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. (more...) [25/04/2016]


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Promotional video of the Bern Convention

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