Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Official launch of the 2013 European Heritage Days programme and Communications Platform

Yerevan (Armenia), 29 August – 1 September 2013

One of the key planks of the Armenian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers is to encourage and promote European values through intercultural dialogue. This objective has been given a significant boost by the Armenian hosting of the ‘Launch event” of the European Heritage days Programme (EHDs), which will take place in Yerevan 29 August – 1 September. The launch will initiate the 2013 edition of EHDs when the 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention, open their doors and put new cultural treasures on view and open up historic buildings, normally closed to the public.


The EHDs are organised every September. This year we will see more than 20 million people take advantage of free access to thousands of rarely opened sites and special events that characterize this joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe since 1999. This pan-European cultural Programme continues to grow year after year, despite recessions, proving in a concrete way the success of culture in promoting intercultural dialogue.


This year, the many thousands of events open to the public will reach an even greater audience and the Armenian launch is playing an instrumental role in this. In Yerevan a stunning new Portal, using the map of Europe as its homepage, will enable all EHDS events to be visible together for the first time. The Portal will “go live” in Yerevan and will provide a tool by which all Europeans can gain access to their diverse and splendid common European heritage.



Draft agenda of the Official launch of the 2013 European Heritage Days programme and Communications Platform

Launch of European Heritage Days Communications Portal (+ Armenian version)

Launch of 2013 European Heritage Days (+ Armenian version)

Press release [30/08/2013]



European Commission's proposal for a future Creative Europe by Alessandro Senesi, Deputy Head of Culture Unit, European Commission (The information provided has solely illustrative purposes as the future Creative Europe programme has not yet been legally established)

European Heritage Days: Growing audiences for heritage by Sarah Boiling, The Audience Agency

Audience Development through technology by Dr Marianna Sigala University of the Aegean, Greece



2013 Edition

List of 2013 Themes

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