European Heritage Days 2023: Living Heritage (brochure)

The European Heritage Days are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural event shared by the people of Europe. The Council of Europe launched the initiative in 1985, and in 1999 was joined by the European Union to create the joint action, which has continued up to the present day. Conceivably, the Programme, which can boast up to 20 million visitors every year, generates the greatest value, Euro for Euro, of any “European” cultural project.

Every year there is a theme for European Heritage Days, which all participating countries are encouraged to adopt for their annual programme. This brochure will help you think about how to deliver your 2023 programme based on the theme of Living Heritage.

“Living heritage”, which refers to the practices, knowledge and skills that have been passed from one generation to the next, and are still in use today. A variety of skills, trades and professions enable us to maintain and preserve our heritage in many ways. This theme provides the opportunity for us to take a closer look at the work being done by the custodians of our heritage. It will examine how yesterday's heritage has become today's, and how this heritage can, thanks to people who pass on their knowledge, be safeguarded for future generations.

Skills, practices and memories, and the ways in which we share them with each other, provide a sense of identity and continuity. This process is always in motion, and in exploring it as our annual theme we will create an opportunity for event organisers to explore it in depth, while promoting appreciation for cultural diversity and creativity.

Document type
  • Practical Advice/Guide


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Geographical focus
  • Europe
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Admin on August 1, 2023
Modified on August 1, 2023