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Cultural Deal for Europe

Cultural Deal for Europe

Make culture central in the EU’s Green and Sustainable Future

The Hague / Brussels, 16 November 2021

On 18 November 2021 from 15:00 to 18:00 CET, the third edition of the annual policy conversation “A Cultural Deal for Europe” invites representatives of the European cultural ecosystem and policy-makers to engage in a collective effort to build a more equal, sustainable and fair Europe with culture at the heart of its policies. By embedding culture into policymaking at all levels we can make sure the EU recovers economically, socially and emotionally from the pandemic into a more inclusive and cohesive union.

Jointly organised by Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance, and Bozar – the Centre for Fine Arts, the event focuses on the contribution of culture and cultural heritage to Europe’s recovery and its green, more sustainable and inclusive future. The 2021 edition puts special focus on the power of culture to achieve the ambitions of the European Green Deal to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. It will discuss the central role of culture in the post-pandemic recovery and in key policy priorities such as the Conference on the Future of Europe. The debate aims to inspire and engage the wider European community of artists, cultural workers, creative industries, heritage stakeholders and policy-makers working towards a more resilient and sustainable future for Europe and its citizens.

During the last year’s edition, the organisers jointly launched a Cultural Deal for Europe, a transversal, overarching framework that should demonstrate the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project.

This year’s event will be opened by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (video message). Two main themes on “Culture for Recovery and Sustainability of Europe” and “Culture for the Future of Europe” will lead the discussion and engage a series of prominent speakers, such as European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira (video message), MEP Salima Yenbou (Greens/EFA, France), Elena Polivtseva, Head of Policy and Research, IETM, Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Culture (online), Gijs de Vries, Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Tamas Szucs, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport, DG Education and Culture, European Commission. In a series of dialogues the moderator, the speakers and the audience will work towards a new set of recommendations. The closing remarks will be delivered by the event moderator Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, who will present the visual time-lapse created live during the event by the artist Menah.

The event takes place in a hybrid format at Bozar, Brussels and online. Online participation of the press is welcome, upon separate registration.

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The event will be livestreamed on the Youtube and Facebook channels of the organisers.

Contacts

Culture Action Europe
Natalie Giorgadze, Communications and Community Director
natalie@cultureactioneurope.org, +32486831433

European Cultural Foundation
Friso Wiersum, Project Manager Communications
fwiersum@culturalfoundation.eu, +31647158535

Europa Nostra
Vicky Makridou, Digital Communication and Social Media
vm@europanostra.org, +31618497463

Background

The first ever joint event of Culture Action Europe, the European Cultural Foundation and Europa Nostra in 2019 served as a platform to advocate – successfully – for the explicit mention of Culture in the title of the portfolio of a dedicated European Commissioner, and to advocate together for larger financial support for the cultural, creative and cultural heritage sectors in the next MFF 2021-2027.

When Covid-19 hit the world in 2021 and affected most severely the cultural ecosystem with losses up to 90% of income, Culture Action Europe, the European Cultural Foundation and Europa Nostra launched the Cultural Deal for Europe, a transversal, overarching framework calling for the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project.

Today, we promote the Cultural Deal for Europe as a call from a wider European cultural community to acknowledge the pivotal role of culture in shaping the future of our lives. Europe needs a New Cultural Deal because there is no recovery without culture.

The Cultural Deal for Europe campaign has been publicly endorsed by more than 700 Europeans: link.

Photo and interview opportunity

Following the event on 18 November, 3pm-6pm, representatives of the European cultural ecosystem and policy-makers are available for interviews at Rotonde Bertouille, Bozar, entrance 11 rue Baron Horta. Covid Safe Ticket and ID required to access the venue.

About the organisers

Culture Action Europe (CAE) is the major European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policymakers. CAE is the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in the EU. As the only intersectoral network, it brings together all practices in culture, from the performing arts to literature, the visual arts, design and cross-arts initiatives, to community centres and activist groups.

www.cultureactioneurope.org

European Cultural Foundation (ECF) promotes a European sentiment through developing and supporting cultural initiatives that let us share, experience and imagine Europe. The first foundation with a European mission and vision (founded 1954), ECF believes in the power of culture to achieve a united Europe of diversity, democracy and freedoms, where solidarity, mutual respect and collaboration contribute to a shared sense of belonging.

www.culturalfoundation.eu

Europa Nostra is the European voice of civil society committed to safeguarding and promoting cultural and natural heritage. It is a pan-European federation of heritage NGOs, supported by a wide network of public bodies, private companies and individuals. It is recognised as the largest and the most representative heritage network in Europe. Europa Nostra actively contributes to the definition and implementation of European strategies and policies related to heritage, through a participatory dialogue with European Institutions and the coordination of the European Heritage Alliance.

www.europanostra.org

Bozar – the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels is a multi-purpose cultural venue in Brussels, Belgium. Bozar is hosting the 2021 edition of the Cultural Deal for Europe policy conversation.

www.bozar.be

The 2021 edition of the annual policy conversation is brought to you in partnership with the Rebuilding Europe with Culture Campaign.

#CulturalDealEU

EUROPA NOSTRA
The European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage

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Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 |
info@ europanostra.org

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ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2021

Europa Nostra Brussels, 10 June 2021

The ILUCIDARE Consortium including Europa Nostra and the European Commission are delighted to present the shortlisted projects for the 2021 edition of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes, awarded within the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. These projects are compelling demonstrations of heritage-led innovation and international relations.

The 9 shortlisted projects were undertaken by heritage practitioners from eight countries in Europe and beyond. Although the areas and range of their activities are diverse, they all show how heritage has the potential to create meaningful links across countries and communities and to develop exciting new solutions and spur social change.

The 9 shortlisted projects for the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2021 are:

Heritage-led innovation
3D Reconstruction of Maison du Peuple – Horta Museum, Brussels, BELGIUM
This partial 3D reconstruction of the Art Nouveau building makes the building once again accessible and understandable to all.

Basilica of Santa Croce, Lecce, ITALY
An innovative process of restoration treatments and techniques allowed for a minimal intervention on the beautiful carved façade of the basilica.

HAP4MARBLE – Marble Conservation by Hydroxyapatite, ITALY
The HAP4MARBLE project has developed a new treatment for the conservation of marble artworks through hydroxyapatite (HAP), the same mineral which constitutes human teeth and bones.

AP Valletta, MALTA
This research-based architectural and design firm has provided creative solutions for the problems at hand in the historic city of Valletta with an eye for the valorisation of heritage, wellbeing and cultural life.

Heritage-led international relations
Northern Lebanon Project, ITALY/LEBANON
A joint Italian – Lebanese multidisciplinary team has rediscovered and shared 100 archaeological sites in Lebanon.

Friends of Bryggen and the Bryggen Foundation, Bergen, NORWAY
The Friends of Bryggen and the Bryggen Foundation have contributed to reviving Hanseatic inter-European ties and intercultural relations.

Preservation of the Wine Cellars of Negotinska Krajina, SERBIA
This long-term conservation project of vernacular wine cellars is possible thanks to a partnership of organisations in Serbia, Albania and Sweden.

Leather Painting Restoration in the Hall of the Kings of the Alhambra, SPAIN
This unique collection of paintings has been carefully restored thanks to the collaboration of different partners from Spain, France, Italy and Belgium.

EU-LAC Museums – Museums, Community & Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, UNITED KINGDOM
This international team of museum professionals, researchers and policy-makers have set up exchanges and improved relations between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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A Cultural Deal for Europe

A Cultural Deal for Europe
A central place for culture in the EU’s post-pandemic future

Illustration by Menah www.menah.nl

Illustration by Menah www.menah.nl

Joint Statement by Europa Nostra, Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

We are pleased to share with you an important follow-up to the “Cultural Deal for Europe” online debate, which took place on 18 November hosted jointly by Europa Nostra, also on behalf of the European Heritage Alliance, Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation. The aim of this successful online event was to discuss the strategic ways of putting culture where it belongs: at the heart of the European project.

On November 18, more than 500 viewers followed the high-profile online discussion with contributions by representatives of EU institutions, Member States, major pan-European cultural and heritage networks as well as civil society. Based on the fruitful and inspiring discussions held on this occasion, the three organising partners have launched today a Joint Statement entitled A Cultural Deal for Europe: A central place for culture in the EU’s post-pandemic future.

We are pleased to share with you this Joint Statement, calling EU and national policymakers to commit to an ambitious #CulturalDealEU, an umbrella strategy for reviving and reimagining Europe through culture and cultural heritage.

Our Joint Statement puts forward an overarching and transversal Cultural Deal for Europe, including a series of concrete proposals for realising the potential of culture and heritage as major forces in the EU’s socio-economic recovery and its long-term future.

Our Joint Statement highlights the importance of mainstreaming culture and heritage across all policy fields: from the green transition to Europe’s geopolitical ambition, and from the digital shift to a value-driven Union. It bundles together both short-term and long-term perspectives. It eyes the immediate recovery of our societies with the ambition to build a new paradigm for designing the Future of Europe.

With best regards on behalf of the partners behind this ambitious initiative,

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović,
Secretary General, Europa Nostra

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EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe | La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

Headquarters
Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 |
info@ europanostra.org

Brussels Office
Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 |
bxl@europanostra.org

European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2020

Invitation: European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2020 – Live online – 10 November 17:00 CET

Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and the shortlisted projects of the 2020 ILUCIDARE Special Prizes on 10 November (17:00 CET).

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held entirely online for the very first time, with the virtual participation of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. The ceremony will be moderated by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra.

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During the Ceremony, the three Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among the 21 winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, will be announced.

On this occasion, the two winners of the very first edition of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes – selected from among the 6 shortlisted projects for excellence in heritage-led innovation and international relations – will also be unveiled.

The event will be enhanced by exceptional musical performances prepared by our invaluable partners, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Le Dimore Del Quartetto (Italy), an Award winner from last year, and the European Music Centre in Bougival (France).

The Ceremony will be followed by a “Meet-and-Greet the Award Winners” online networking session.

The Ceremony is free of charge but registration is compulsory. Please note that in order to access the event, on 10 November, all registered participants will be asked to enter their name, email address and country as from 30 minutes before the beginning of the Ceremony.

EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe  |  La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

Headquarters

Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 | info@europanostra.org

Brussels Office

Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 | bxl@europanostra.org

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COVID-19 & BEYOND

von Europa Nostra

EUROPA NOSTRA PAPER
“COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage”

 

 

An extensive paper on the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for the heritage world has been issued today by Europa Nostra – The European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage. Entitled “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage”, this paper provides unequivocal evidence of how deeply the pandemic has affected the heritage world and makes concrete proposals to support the heritage sector through existing EU instruments and those proposed within the ‘Next Generation EU’ socio-economic recovery plan. This strategic paper has been firstly presented during this afternoon’s meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage by Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović.

The Paper “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage” summarises and analyses the main findings of a consultation on this topic conducted by Europa Nostra among its large pan-European network of members and partners.

The Paper assesses implications for heritage personnel and security of jobs; implications for security of heritage sites, contents and visitors; social, cultural and financial implications; as well as implications to ensure proper communication and to keep networks alive. It provides recommendations for heritage actors and policy-makers, and points out to available EU mechanisms that can be used to tackle the various implications of the COVID-19 crisis. The Paper also differentiates between immediate impacts observed during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak and related lockdown, from medium to longer-term implications. Finally, the Paper provides a non-exhaustive yet useful mapping of initiatives launched by heritage stakeholders in relation to cultural heritage and the pandemic, such as surveys and data collection tools as well as statements, appeals and letters.

During the 3rd meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage, held virtually on 14 and 15 October, Europa Nostra was invited to present this important Paper in the presence of Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Themis Christophidou, representatives from the European Commission and members of the Expert Group.

On this occasion, Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović stated: “This Paper will underpin Europa Nostra’s advocacy action, conducted jointly with our members and partners, to ensure that cultural heritage is duly included in the EU’s immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as in the ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery plans. Indeed, Europa Nostra and our members and partners are fully convinced of the immense potential of culture and cultural heritage for Europe’s socio-economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic and of their huge value as a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe”.

Europa Nostra’s Secretary General also invited not only members of the Expert Group, but all other heritage stakeholders – public and private – in Europe, to submit their comments on the Paper, which has to remain a “living document”. It will be updated at a later stage according to further insights and developments in relation to the pandemic. The Paper “COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage” has already benefited from the input of the members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, of which Europa Nostra is co-founder and coordinator, as well as key partners of Europa Nostra.

An advanced draft of the Paper also featured prominently in a media debate entitled “COVID-19 and culture: Europe’s arts & heritage take a pandemic hit” organised by the international TV channel France 24 on September 28 with the participation of Members of the European Parliament Laurence Farreng, Niklas Nienaß and Željana Zovko. On this occasion, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović stated: “We are proud that our Paper “COVID19 & BEYOND: Challenges & Opportunities for Cultural Heritage” is becoming a reference point, already prior to its official launch”.

The Paper provides convincing evidence and concrete recommendations that will support the advocacy efforts of Europa Nostra and its partners to place cultural heritage where it belongs: at the very heart of Europe’s recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Paper will be widely disseminated among heritage actors and policy-makers at all levels of governance also inviting their further input and comments.

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EUROPA NOSTRA
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe | La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe
Headquarters
Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands | 31 (0)70 302 40 50 | info@europanostra.org
Brussels Office
Rue de Treves/Trierstraat 45, 1040 Brussels, Belgium | 32 (0)2 486 25 26 | bxl@europanostra.org
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European Heritage Alliance Manifesto

European Heritage Alliance Manifesto “Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe” just released

On 9 May 2020, on the occasion of Europe Day which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and the launch of the process of European integration, members of the European Heritage Alliance have launched the European Heritage Alliance Manifesto Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe.

The European Heritage Alliance Manifesto aims to convey a strong message of solidarity, hope and unity to Europe’s leaders and citizens at a time when Europe and the entire planet are struggling to overcome an unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus. Through this Manifesto, representatives of major European and international heritage networks which form part of the European Heritage Alliance express the readiness of the wider heritage world to contribute to Europe’s immediate social and economic recovery, as well as to the longer-term advancement of the European project…….

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European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards 2021

Die Europäische Kommission ruft zur Bewerbung für die European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards 2021 auf.

Die wichtigsten Informationen

  • Die Auszeichnungen ehren Best Practice Beispiele im Zusammenhang mit der Erhaltung, Verwaltung, Forschung, Bildung und Kommunikation des Kulturerbes.
  • Das Preisverleihungsprogramm trägt somit zu einer stärkeren öffentlichen Anerkennung des Kulturerbes als strategische Ressource für Europas Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft bei.
  • Die Preise ehren jedes Jahr bis zu 30 herausragende Leistungen im Bereich des Kulturerbes aus allen Teilen Europas.
  • Niederösterreich hat 2009 mit der Gozzoburg in Krems eine Auszeichnung erhalten und im Jahr 2006 erhielt das Stift Klosterneuburg eine Urkunde.
  • Die Einträge können sich auf materielles, immaterielles oder digitales Erbe beziehen. Sie können sich auf eine Skala von klein bis groß, von lokal bis europäisch und international erstrecken.

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Zwei Anträge aus Deutschland erhalten den
Europäischen Kulturerbepreis / Europa Nostra Awards 2020

Brüssel/ Den Haag, 07. Mai 2020

Am diesjährigen Europatag (9. Mai) freuen sich die Europäische Kommission und Europa Nostra, die Gewinner der Europäischen Kulturerbepreise / Europa Nostra Awards 2020 bekannt zu geben. Europas höchste Auszeichnung im Bereich des Kulturellen Erbes geht an 21 beispielhafte Leistungen aus 15 europäischen Ländern (weitere Informationen über die vollständige Liste der Preisträger siehe unten). Unter den diesjährigen Preisträgern sind zwei herausragende Projekte aus Deutschland: die Epitaphe der Universitätskirche Leipzig in der Kategorie Konservierung und das Online-Archiv der Arolsen Archives in der Kategorie Bildung, Ausbildung und Bewusstseinsbildung.

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Europa Nostra Digital Agora Weekly Update #1

10 April 2020

Dear Readers, 

As already announced in the special edition of the Europa Nostra Newsletter dated 3 April,  we now, more than ever, feel the need to be closer together while staying physically apart. Inspired by the spirit and the culture of solidarity, we are proud to present to you our brand new initiative, called the Europa Nostra Agora, born as a creative response to the ongoing confinement and physical distancing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

This initiative aims to provide a virtual platform to share and promote digital communication related to culture and cultural heritage from across Europe and the world. By sharing and promoting news and content via this weekly update and on social media, we wish to make a modest but meaningful contribution to enhancing the resilience and positive interaction between Europe’s citizens during the trying times related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first update with a selection of links and relevant information which we aim to disseminate every week through our wide network of members and partners. We have opted for a simple and factual format of communication for the benefit of all.  We also invite you to visit a dedicated online platform which will continue to grow over time

On the occasion of Raffaello’s 500th death anniversary, the biggest exhibition ever devoted to the famous Italian and European Renaissance artist opened on 5 March in Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale. As the exhibition was forced to close its doors just four days after its opening due to the nationwide lockdown in Italy, the museum has released a video visit available on YouTube. To pay tribute to this immense artist, we have chosen to illustrate our digital Agora with one of his most famous masterpieces: the “School of Athens” from the Raphael Rooms of the Vatican Museums.

The Europa Nostra Agora remains a “work in progress”. Therefore, we invite your feedback with concrete suggestions for its improvement and further development. We also thank you for sharing regularly with us your creative initiatives for inclusion in the Agora (att. Manon Richard, agora@europanostra.org). 

We wish you a very warm welcome to the Europa Nostra Agora!  

#Stayathome #Allwillbewell

#CreativeEuropeAtHome

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović

Secretary General

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