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European Heritage Days

What is it?

The European Heritage Days is a locally-led initiative which provides access to thousands of rarely opened sites and unique events to over 20 million people every year.

The initiative, which provides opportunities ranging from guided tours to open-air performances, takes place across Europe every year in September, and is organised around a special theme, varying from country to country.

It is a joint initiative managed by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, in close coordination with national coordinators.

What is the point?

The European Heritage Days aim to:

  • Raise awareness of Europe's cultural richness and diversity
  • Increase appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage
  • Encourage greater tolerance for other cultures across Europe
  • Improve awareness of the need to protect cultural heritage
  • Invite Europe to respond to the social, political, and economic challenges of the culture sector
Where does it happen?

The European Heritage Days, launched in 1985, take place in the 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention, putting new cultural treasures on display and opening up historic buildings normally closed to the public.

Where can I find out more?

More information on the European Heritage Days can be found on the European Heritage Days website.