"Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector." - Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
What is Cultural Heritage?
Cultural Heritage records the heritage from past generations maintained in the present and bestowed for the future generations. It includes buildings, monuments, artefacts, books, traditions, folklore, language and natural landscapes.
The roots of European Identity started a long time ago and can be acknowledged with the Roman Empire expansion and the Latin language base met within French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian languages. The Medieval Age known for its crusades and the Ottoman Empire domination shows how the beliefs and relationships between the states by that time worked towards an united principle. French Revolution and the literature movements that continued after remain an important fact of heritage that everybody can be proud of. Even if the WWI and WWII exemplify a different relationship of the new European states, the beginnings of what we called today European Union were settled after those happenings.
Conservation, infrastructure, digitisation, research and skills development will be the highlighted objectives that EU will work on. Cultural heritage is supported through Creative Europe, the funding programme for the cultural and audiovisual sectors. Events will be organised across Europe, as well as information, education and awareness-raising campaigns.
Which tradition would you bring up as an important act of cultural heritage?
How can we create a better Europe by following our cultural heritage?