The European Heritage Days 2004
03 - 05 September 2004 - The European Heritage Days
Activities by country
The EHD: principles and objectives
European Cultural Convention
Virtual exhibitions
EHD 2003
EHD 2004
EHD 2003
EHD Site
Associated Internet sites

Palau de la Musica Catalana
The whole European continent is taking part in this year’s European Heritage Days. 2004 will go down as the year of the European Union’s enlargement to twenty-five member states.

All of these countries took part in the European Heritage Days, together with the other twenty-three countries which are party to the Council of Europe’s European Cultural Convention, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, The Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', Malta, Moldova, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, The Russian Federation, San-Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, The Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, The United Kingdom.

The main purpose of the European Heritage Days (EHD), which were officially launched by the Council of Europe in 1991 and have now become a joint activity with the European Union, is to bring citizens closer to their cultural heritage, for example by giving them a chance, on weekends during the month of September, to discover sites usually closed to the public. More than that, the aim is to bring the citizens themselves closer together, to foster greater mutual understanding in spite of the diversity of cultures and languages.

These open days have become increasingly popular over the years. In 2003, for example, over 20,000 sites, monuments, museums and other locations in the 48 participating countries opened their doors to 20 million visitors. This year thousands of monuments and sites will be opening their doors again and just as many different events and activities will be organised to make the 2004 EHD an experience to remember.

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: ''Our cultural heritage is the fruit of our past'' (more...)

Interview with Lluis Maria de Puig: ''Familiarity with our heritage will enable us to preserve it''

A unifying theme for countries to develop (more...)

Photography Competition
There is an ever-increasing number of initiatives specially for young people, such as the International Photographic Experience of Monuments (IPEM), which will be taking place for the 9th time this year. (more...)