European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022


• 25 september 2022 - 27 september 2022 van Hele dag

The European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022 will take place from 25 to 27 September in Prague, marking the 30th anniversary of the inscription of its historic centre on the World Heritage List. The Summit is organised by Europa Nostra and Europa Nostra Representation in the Czech Republic in cooperation with, , and with the support of, the European Commission and the Czech Ministry of Culture, as part of the official programme of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is also a contribution to the European Year of Youth 2022 and the New European Bauhaus initiative. The Summit is partially funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The Prague Summit will bring together heritage stakeholders, policy-makers at all levels of governance, civil society organisations as well as heritage enthusiasts from all across Europe and beyond. It is our wish to use this Summit as a platform to mobilise Europe’s heritage ecosystem to jointly act for a more peaceful and sustainable future of Europe’s society, economy and environment. In the face of the ongoing deplorable Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Europa Nostra firmly condemns, we are indeed ever more convinced of the urgent need to place Europe’s common values and shared cultural heritage at the very heart of our democracies and of what brings us together.

In order to participate in the Prague Summit, you are required to register your attendance.

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The main events of the Prague Summit are:

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Excellence Day: Presentations by the Award Winners 2022
09.30 – 12.45 | 14.15 – 16.30
Venue: Czech Museum of Music

The Excellence Day will offer the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 an opportunity to present their projects to their peers and the wider public.

The Excellence Day will be divided into five sessions:
1) Quality Principles for Heritage Interventions;
2) Heritage-led Innovation and Digital Transformation;
3) Cultural Heritage as a Vector for Social Cohesion and Wellbeing;
4) Enhancing Intangible Heritage and the Transfer of Skills; and
5) Climate4Heritage: Empowering Climate Action and Sustainability through Cultural Heritage.

The winners will share their experiences about the success and impact of their projects as well as the challenges that they had to overcome. As such, the Excellence Day will be an outstanding opportunity to showcase and celebrate the very best practices related to cultural heritage from across Europe.

Monday, 26 September 2022

Europa Nostra General Assembly
(only for members and associates)
14.30 – 16.30
Venue: Czech Museum of Music

The General Assembly of Europa Nostra will discuss the new Strategic Plan of Europa Nostra “Horizon 2025” and will learn more about the newly created Europa Nostra Heritage Hubs in Krakow and in Athens. Members will also handle relevant statutory matters, including the approval of the Annual Report 2021, the approval of the preliminary budget for 2023 and various (re-) appointments to the governing bodies of Europa Nostra. It will be chaired by its Executive President, Hermann Parzinger.

European Heritage Awards Ceremony
20.00 – 23.00
Venue: State Opera

The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 will be celebrated at the iconic State Opera of Prague, a heritage site recently renovated with financial support from the European Union. During the ceremony, the five Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among this year’s 30 outstanding heritage achievements from 18 European countries, will be announced.

The prestigious ceremony will be co-hosted by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Martin Baxa, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, will act as the Master of Ceremony.

The Ceremony will be livestreamed via the Europa Nostra website.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

European Heritage Policy Agora “For a Value and Culture Driven Europe”
09.30 – 13.00 | 14.00 – 16.00
Venue: Žofín Palace

The Prague Summit will culminate with an engaging full-day debate addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing the heritage ecosystem in Europe, such as the need to mobilise forces and voices in solidarity with Ukraine’s endangered cultural heritage, the role of cultural heritage in fostering peace and solidarity within our societies, and the values of beauty and sustainability for an inclusive green transformation.

Among the high-level contributors are Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Vlastislav Ouroda, Vice-Minister for Cultural Heritage of the Czech Republic; Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Committee of the Regions (remotely)Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (remotely)Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens; and Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. The Policy Agora will also benefit from contributions from a wide variety of public and private heritage stakeholders, policy-makers at all levels, young heritage professionals and cultural actors.

The full Programme of the Agora can be read here.

The Policy Agora, organised in cooperation with the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, is a contribution to the European Year of Youth 2022 and the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra is a proud civil society partner.

The Agora will be livestreamed via the Europa Nostra website.

HOTELS: On the Europa Nostra website, you will also find a number of hotels with pre-booked rooms for the Prague Summit delegates. Until 31 August, all hotels offer the best available rates with optimal terms and conditions compared to the other sales channels. Read more & make a reservation

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