The European Union has declared 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Take part in a series of exceptional events to celebrate the richness and diversity of European culture!
Cultural heritage pervades our private life and everything we do as a society. It is present in the buildings that surround us, as well as landscapes and archaeological sites. It is formed not only by literature, art, and historical artefacts, but also crafts, storytelling, culinary traditions, songs, and movies. Cultural heritage brings us all together and helps us understand the places we live in.
It also has an important role to play in the economy. More than 300 thousand people across the continent find employment in the field of cultural heritage today, while a further 7.8 million jobs, e.g. in tourism and construction, are indirectly linked to the sector. Cultural heritage also shows a positive impact on our societies, improving the general quality of life, increasing social cohesion, and promoting intercultural dialogue.
Cultural heritage is more than the legacy of past generations – it is the very foundation of our future.
In order to emphasize the significance of cultural heritage for the development of Europe, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union have declared 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018).
Its objective is to encourage cooperation with a view to preserving, reusing, developing, and promoting European heritage, as well as showing it in all its tangible and intangible diversity as the legacy of past generations that strongly continues to shape our present.
By organizing, promoting, and supporting actions that highlight:
- the importance of heritage for society,
- its contribution to the economy,
- its role in European cultural diplomacy and intercultural dialogue,
- the importance of preserving heritage for future generations.
The EYCH is also an excellent opportunity to discover and learn more about European and Polish heritage, our common good – not only to understand where we come from, but also to strengthen our sense of belonging to a larger, European family.
In 2018, thousands of heritage-related events will be organized for adults, youth, and children throughout the continent.