“Creating shared experiences through culture and artistic expression is a powerful tool for strengthening social cohesion, respect for diversity and human rights for all. Democratic participation in culture is a key instrument in helping us achieve these aims. The European Heritage Days contribute to building bridges by celebrating the richness of European cultural heritage and they provide us with a valuable opportunity to explore and celebrate the mosaic of cultures from which Europe is built. Like freedom of expression, freedom of cultural expression is essential for creativity and a flourishing cultural life”, said Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Read the full press release here.
The European Heritage Days were launched in 1985 by the Council of Europe. 14 years later the European Union joined the initiative and has since supported the greatest celebration of Europe’s common heritage, in which up to 20 million people take part every year throughout the 50 participating countries. It is often known as Heritage Open Days or Doors Open Days, like in Scotland, but also Scottish Archaeology Month has been part of it since the early 1990s.
This year’s shared theme Heritage: All-Inclusive aims to promote Inclusive and Diverse Heritage and to include communities across cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
You can learn more about the European Heritage Days and browse the events programme for all of Europe. You can also follow them on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or watch more videos on their YouTube channel.
For more European Heritage Days across the United Kingdom, take a look at our sister festivals in Scotland – Doors Open Days, England – Heritage Open Days, Wales – Open Doors and Northern Ireland – European Heritage Open Days.