EU Prize for Cultural Heritage winners celebrated in Turku

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The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were presented on 15 May at a ceremony in Turku, Finland, and the Public Choice Award winner was announced.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, co-hosted the ceremony and presented the 7 Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award. The selection was made among the 29 winning projects of this year coming from 18 European countries taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

Tibor Navracsics said:

Once again, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards celebrate the talent of excellent craftspeople and professionals, the tireless work of volunteers, and the devoted efforts of educators, who ensure that our cultural heritage can be enjoyed today and safeguarded for future generations. Europe’s cultural heritage is one of its most valuable resources.

Its value is not just symbolic – it has a positive impact on our quality of life, on our economy and on our society. I am delighted that 2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This is a great opportunity to make EU citizens from all backgrounds aware of the value of our shared cultural heritage, the risks it faces and the opportunities it offers for fostering social inclusion and building the communities of the future.

1,200 people attended the ceremony including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe as well as by high-level representatives from EU institutions, Member States and the host country.

Grand Prix laureates

The 7 Grand Prix laureates were selected by independent expert juries for outstanding efforts in the protection of cultural heritage and will receive €10,000 each. For the following categories the winners were:


  1. Baroque Complex and Gardens in Kuks, Hradec Králové region, Czech Republic
  2. The King’s Road across Filefjell, Norway
  3. Cultural Palace in Blaj, Transylvania region, Romania
  4. Roof for the ruins of the Monastery of San Juan in Burgos, Spain


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Public Choice Award Winner

The Public Choice Award goes to Mr. Zoltán Kallós from Romania, who has devotedly compiled collections of music, dance, storytelling and crafts of the Hungarian, Romanian, Saxon and Roma communities of Transylvania in Romania for over 70 years. The Public Choice Award winner was chosen through an open online vote in which over 11,000 people participated.