European Heritage Forums
on the occasion of the annual European Heritage Days
The European Heritage Forums are an annual international crossroads for all stakeholders, professional or voluntary, involved in the interpretation, communication and dissemination of the cultural heritage.
Access to the cultural heritage is an aspect of the right to participate in cultural life, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It not only promotes the public’s access to cultural assets, but also ensures a better understanding of their meaning and values in our societies.
In a multicultural Europe characterised by exchanges and mobility, the interpretation and explanation of heritage should enable everyone to identify with and find their roots in one or more heritages, while at the same time being able to acknowledge and accept the cultures of others.
The Forums help promote a more systematic international exchange between a range of players, professionals, voluntary workers and others, all sharing the task of communicating, presenting and ensuring the enjoyment and dissemination, in various forms, of our heritage.
Aim and target audience of the Forums
To take stock of changing practices, methods and techniques in the interpretation, communication and dissemination of the cultural heritage. The aim is not only to promote information exchange, but also to foster professional ethics. The Forums will not necessarily introduce new questions, but will contribute to updating the debate on changes facing society, encouraging people to take a new look at heritage.