The European Year of Cultural Heritage

St. Ursanne, Switzerland. Photo: TES.

From archaeological sites to architecture, from medieval castles to folklore traditions and arts, Europe’s cultural heritage is at the very heart of the collective memory and identity of European citizens. European rich national, regional and local diversity is a unique catalyst for exchanges between people of all ages, social backgrounds and cultures. The European Year of the Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to involve citizens emphasising Europe’s heritage and values. The 50 European countries taking part in the European Heritage Days present a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage. Cultural heritage surrounds everyone in towns, cities, villages, countryside, islands or wherever. It is not only found in literature, art and objects, but also in the crafts we learn from our ancestors, the stories we tell to our children, the food we eat, the films we watch or the streets we walk in. Events are taking place and projects are being organized all around Europe. (Further information: www.europeanheritagedays.com).