September/October - European Heritage Days
Cultural heritage, cornerstone of European construction
How can Europeans be brought to realise that their cultural heritage both unites and differentiates them, and that this heritage is a vehicle for mutual discovery and understanding?
To take up this triple challenge, the Council of Europe in 1991 launched the European Heritage Days [EHD], an initiative which in 1999 became a joint Council of Europe-European Commission action.
Throughout Europe during the weekends of September, the European Heritage Days opens up numerous sites and monuments, some normally closed to the public.
The 50 States party to the Council of Europe Cultural Convention will be actively involved in this initiative, and it is forecast that more than 30 000 sites and monuments participating in the event will have some 20 million visitors.
As custodians of local traditions, histories and values, Heritage Communities are the main pillar of local heritage conservation and revitalisation in the world of everyday living. Under the pan-European theme “Heritage and Communities,” the EHD events will bring together 50 European countries in shared celebration of citizens’ role in promoting and sharing common European heritage. Throughout Europe, more than 30 000 national and local events, many of them free, will celebrate Europe’s true treasure – its communities and the people behind places.