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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...)


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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]


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 do’s and don’ts 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]


Conference "Heritage Commons: towards a participative heritage governance in the third millennium"

 The Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni presented the Council of Europe’s approach and initiatives at the international Conference on heritage commons, which took place in the Venaria Reale in Turin, Italy, from 23-24 September. Organised by the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, the Conference built on the momentum created around heritage during the previous EU presidencies of Lithuania and Greece, all devoted to showing the value of heritage for society and its contribution to improving European citizens’ quality of life and living environment. Pioneering in this respect, the Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society suggests that our common European heritage is the shared responsibility of public authorities at all levels, of all persons holding elected office, enterprises, civil society and ordinary citizens. [29/09/2014]

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The European idea in art and art history

A Symposium in Berlin, 25 and 26 September 2014 explored the forms and formats of the European Idea in art and art history. It paid special attention to the 30th Council of Europe exhibition "The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945" and to the role of the European institutions in making a peaceful and free Europe. [29/09/2014]



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]

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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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