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“Heritage and communities” is the theme for the 2016 European Heritage Days

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The 2016 European Heritage Days will give, as every year, millions of people from over 30 countries the opportunity to better know Europe's immense cultural heritage. This year's theme is "Heritage and communities".

From late August to mid-October more than 50,000 national and local events celebrate Europe’s true treasure – its communities and the people behind the places and their role in promoting and sharing common European heritage. Millions of people across Europe will visit thousands of sites for free; most of them only open to the public during European Heritage Days. Museums, galleries, historic archives, libraries and many other places will be brought into the spotlight to encourage active participation in heritage conservation and interpretation.

The European Heritage Days have been organised since 1999 as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The aim is to give concrete examples of how local communities can contribute to the European dimension of heritage and celebrate heritage as a shared European value.