Heritage Week 2017
National Heritage Week (18 – 27 August 2017)
European Heritage Days are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year.
The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. In 2016 over 1,700 events took place.
For further information about the Heritage Council including their initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the National Heritage Week website.
European Heritage Days
European Heritage Days were launched by the Council of Europe in 1985, and in 1999 was joined by the European Union to create the joint action, which has continued up to the present day.
EHDs events take place in the 50 countries party to the European Cultural Convention. During this time, doors are opened to numerous monuments and sites, allowing Europe’s citizens to enjoy free visits and learn about their shared cultural heritage and encouraging them to become actively involved in the safeguarding and enhancement of this heritage for present and future generations.
– raise the awareness of European citizens to the richness and cultural diversity of Europe
– create a climate in which the appreciation of the rich mosaic of European cultures is stimulated
– counter racism and xenophobia and encourage greater tolerance in Europe and beyond the national borders
– inform the public and the political authorities about the need to protect cultural heritage against new threats
– invite Europe to respond to the social, political and economic challenges it faces
Find out more at www.europeanheritagedays.com.