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Brussels, 10 June 2010

Commissioner Vassiliou presents EU awards for Cultural Heritage

Nearly 30 outstanding cultural heritage projects will be honoured tonight at the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards at the Aya Irini (Topkapi Palace) in Istanbul, Turkey. The awards will be presented by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, and Denis de Kergolay, President of Europa Nostra, a network dedicated to safeguarding Europe's cultural heritage and landscapes. Six of the projects (see annex for full list) will receive a grand prize and € 10,000 each. The winners were selected by independent experts from nearly 140 projects covering 26 countries. The awards recognise excellence in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.

''Great work is taking place across Europe to protect our heritage, to conserve our industrial legacy, to regenerate the cities and areas we live in, to research how digital developments can provide greater access to our heritage and to educate and train people about our heritage," said Commissioner Vassiliou. "All this work not only helps to make Europe a beautiful place to live, it also generates jobs, attracts tourists and contributes to sustainable development."

The six Grand Prize winners are:

  • Le Collège des Bernardins (restored 13th century Cistercian college), Paris

  • Neues Museum (incorporation of contemporary architecture in reconstruction of original site), Berlin

  • Roman Theatre (for restoration and conservation of treasures unearthed during excavations), Cartagena

  • Van Gogh Letters Project (digitisation of the artist's correspondence and exhibition), Amsterdam

  • Nils Vest (documentary film-maker focusing on architectural heritage), Copenhagen

  • Baerwaldbad (renovation of Kreuzberg public bath house by young people in vocational training), Berlin

The 29 projects to be honoured this evening include major building restorations to landscape rehabilitation works, and art collections. For full descriptions of the winning projects and photographs, click here: http://www.europanostra.org/laureates-2010/

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme, which aims to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic works, cross-border mobility of workers in the sector, and intercultural dialogue. The Culture Programme has a total budget of €400 million in 2007-2013, also supports the exchange of best practices in heritage preservation and protection.

Europa Nostra represents 400 non-governmental organisations, with 1500 individual members from more than 50 countries.

For more information

About the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards:

http://ec.europa.eu/culture/our-programmes-and-actions/doc623_en.htm

About the European Commission's Culture programme:

http://ec.europa.eu/culture/index_en.htm

Commissioner Vassiliou's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/vassiliou/index_en.htm

ANNEX – Complete list of award winners (listed alphabetically by country)

Conservation

  • The Nodkette Cableway-Stations, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

  • L'Ancienne Fonderie de la Société Alsacienne de Construction Mécanique (SACM), Mulhouse, FRANCE

  • Le Collège des Bernardins, Paris, FRANCE

  • The Sarcophagi of the Dukes of Pomerania, Wolgast, GERMANY

  • The Neues Museum, Berlin, GERMANY

  • The ancient tower of Horio-Aghia Triada and the adjacent buildings of later times, Amorgos, GREECE

  • The Natural, Archaeological and Historic Heritage of the National Observatory, Athens, GREECE

  • Ancient City Walls and Fortification of 'sHertogenbosch, THE NETHERLANDS

  • The Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

  • The Monastery of Santa Clara-A-Velha, Coimbra, PORTUGAL

  • The Roman Theatre Museum, Cartagena, SPAIN

  • The Descalzos Church, Ecija, SPAIN

  • The Royal town of San Ildefonso, SPAIN

  • The Sultan's Pavilion of the Yeni Mosque, Istanbul, TURKEY

  • St Davids Bishop's Palace, St Davids, UNITED KINGDOM

  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Research

  • Restoration Study for the Horni Hrad of the Bečov State Castle, Bečov, CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Sacred Timber Architecture in Carpathian: Building Archaeology of Selected Objects in West Ukraine, Münich, GERMANY

  • Restoration Study for the Tempesta's Fortress, Noale, ITALY

  • The Letters Project of Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Dedicated service

  • Nils Vest, Copenhagen, DENMARK

  • Commission to Preserve National Monuments, Sarajevo, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

  • Ludmilla V. Shaposhnikova, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Education, training and awareness-raising

  • REMPART: Bénévoles et volontaires pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine, Paris FRANCE

  • The East Eifel Volcano Park, Plaidt GERMANY

  • The Baerwaldbad - Conservation through Vocational Training of an old Public Bath House, Berlin GERMANY

  • Empathic Archaeology - On storytelling and identity, Borger THE NETHERLANDS

  • Discovering the Museum - Youth Educational Project, Sibiu ROMANIA

  • Faith in Maintenance, London UNITED KINGDOM


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