To make sure the European Year of Cultural Heritage leaves an imprint beyond 2018, the European Commission is collaborating with key partners to run long-term projects for the benefit of Europe's cultural heritage.
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The European Year of Cultural Heritage is more than just a series of exciting events taking place across Europe. It’s also a time during which people caring for our cultural heritage on European, national, regional and local levels will make a positive impact on the way we protect and enjoy it, building the legacy of the European Year. These collective efforts will provide a solid basis for the future role of cultural heritage in Europe beyond 2018.

Actions include:

1) Long-term initiatives for cultural heritage - the 10 European Initiatives of the European Year

2) EU funded projects

1. Long-term initiatives for cultural heritage - the 10 European Initiatives of the European Year

To ensure that the European Year leaves an imprint beyond 2018, the European Commission, together with key partners, launched the 10 European Initiatives for the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Each initiative groups several long-term actions and projects related to a specific theme such as sustainable cultural tourism or skills for cultural heritage. 

The 10 European Initiatives correspond to 4 key principles for the European Year: Engagement, Sustainability, Protection and Innovation. They embrace various aspects of heritage, and provide a framework for a European cross-sectoral and holistic approach to cultural heritage. The 10 European Initiatives aim at reaching different target groups all around Europe and constitute a useful tool to develop joint action at European level.

The 10 European Initiatives of the European Year (PDFs in English):

1. Shared heritage
2. Heritage at school
3. Youth for heritage
4. Heritage in transition
5. Tourism and Heritage
6. Cherishing heritage
7. Heritage at risk
8. Heritage-related skills
9. All for heritage
10. Science for heritage

The international dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

In addition to these 10 European Initiatives, many activities are being carried in partner countries outside the EU, ensuring the global dimension of the European Year. Learn more.

2. EU funded projects

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audio-visual sectors. Cultural heritage is one of the main sectors supported by Creative Europe. Between 2014 and 2017, nearly €27 million was dedicated to heritage-related projects. Check out some examples of projects that have been funded so far.

Dedicated Creative Europe call on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

A special Creative Europe call was launched to support heritage projects that contribute to the European Year’s objectives.

  • The European Commission selected 29 projects for funding. Read the Press Release and discover the projects.

2018 EYCH infographic

Other cultural heritage initiatives funded by Creative Europe 

  • Each year, 2 European capitals of culture are designated to highlight the rich cultures of Europe. In 2018, the capitals are Valletta (Malta) and Leeuwarden (Netherlands).
  • The EU Prize for cultural heritage/Europa Nostra Award annually recognises best practices related to heritage conservation, management, research, education and communication.
  • The European Heritage Label has been awarded to 29 sites that are milestones in the creation of modern Europe, celebrating and symbolising European values and history.

Other EU funding programmes

Several EU funding programmes support cultural heritage, including Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens and the EU structural and cohesion funds. This shows how culture can be multifaceted and interlinked with several other sectors. Currently, 14 Directorates-General of the European Commission are supporting the European Year with their projects and initiatives, a great collaboration at European level.

This booklet explains what each of those programmes do for cultural heritage, and how to apply. 

Photo: Raffaele Ballirano, Cencelle - Sapienza Università di Roma