Europe’s cultural heritage embodies our history and identity - the very soul of our continent. More so - it has a tremendous economic and social potential; heritage can help us boost employment and business in key sectors, while addressing some of the most pressing societal challenges of our time.
The European Union wants to make the most of these opportunities, working together with the global heritage community. Building on the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission has launched a series of events dedicated to the Future of Heritage.
Taking a problem-solving approach, these platforms gather a diverse group of stakeholders, policy-makers and academia from all over the world for an open discussion. Each of the two platforms is dedicated to a specific topic, all identified as key priorities for Europe in the years to come and related to areas where cultural heritage can have a real impact and provide tangible solutions.
The first platform, which took place in Dublin, during 31 March and 1 April 2019 focused on the relationship of heritage and social inclusion.
The second one is about cultural heritage in the digital age and takes place in Prague between 7 and 8 October 2019.
Bringing participants with different backgrounds, perspectives and expertise together, the platforms aim to provide a forum for fresh thinking and ideas, as well as novel alliances and joint initiatives. As part of the new EU Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, their outcome will help shape the future of European heritage policy.
The initiative is organised by the European Commission under the guidance of Professor Pier Luigi Sacco – Special Adviser on Cultural Heritage to the European Commissioner for Culture, and with the cooperation of:
- Europa Nostra,
- Culture Action Europe,
- The European Social and Economic Committee,
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