Cultural Heritage in Europe: linking past and future

Event Address: 
European Parliament, Brussels


26 June 2018, Hemicycle of the European Parliament, Brussels - 14:00-19:00 CET

Today more than ever, it is vital to highlight and foster European heritage and creativity. On 26 June 2018, the European Parliament is therefore organising a High-Level Conference on "Cultural heritage in Europe" in the Hemicycle at the initiative of President Tajani and in close cooperation with the Committee on Culture and Education, chaired by Ms Petra Kammerevert.

The conference takes place against the backdrop of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The Year’s objective is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. To this end, “cultural heritage” is conceptualised as being central to the past, present and future of the European integration project. This is manifest in the motto of the Year: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

The conference seeks to draw citizens and in particular young people's attention to the rich heritage of Europe, which is both unique and diverse. It is a gift shared by the Continent’s citizens and shaped over 3,000 years of common history. Though characterised by diversity, that heritage is immediately recognisable as “European” and helps answer the fundamental question of who we are, which in turn allows us to meet other cultures with openness and confidence.

The conference also offers an opportunity to recall that today's culture and arts (contemporary architecture, music, online games, etc.) is the cultural heritage of tomorrow, and that pro-active and ambitious cultural policies are therefore just as important as the preservation or restoration of cultural heritage.

Finally, the conference highlights the economic potential of cultural heritage and the latest innovations in the field.

The opening session of the conference is followed by three thematic panels on “Cultural Heritage and Europeanness”, “Preserving and Promoting Cultural Heritage” and “Innovation and Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage”. Each panel will include artists (music, cookery, architecture, design, photography, etc.) and stakeholders delivering testimonies.

Two music live performances and an exhibition on video games complement the conference programme.

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