Living Heritage is the pan-European theme for the 2023 European Heritage Days. Tens of thousands of events taking place in 48 participating countries will showcase the vibrancy, diversity and significance of cultural traditions, knowledge, and skills in Europe.
Organised jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Commission since 1999, the European Heritage Days celebrate the wealth and diversity of European cultural heritage, while promoting dialogue, inclusion, and co-operation across borders.
Thousands of monuments and remarkable sites, often inaccessible to the public during the year, will open their doors to visitors till November. Cultural events, exhibitions, artistic performances, interactive workshops on traditional craftsmanship, lectures, and guided tours for people of all ages and backgrounds, all centred around the “Living Heritage” theme, will highlight the relevance and ongoing contribution of cultural traditions and skills to our societies.
“The European Heritage Days traditionally serve as a reminder of the value and importance of our shared cultural heritage, tangible and intangible aspects of our identity”, said Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić. “By embracing our diverse living heritage, we strengthen our sense of unity and enrich our collective understanding of Europe’s rich cultural tapestry. This year’s focus provides us with a sense of continuity, with a variety of skills, trades and professions enabling us to preserve a testimony to be safeguarded for future generations”.