The Heritage Days in Review was a report published in 2010, a paper reviewing the European Heritage Days and which centrally sustained the validity that European Heritage remains a force for Good in contemporary democratic Europe where defense of human rights, democracy and the rule of law remain as core values.
It is the understanding that diverse heritage values can be the basis for intercultural dialogue, we have come to understand that heritage reaches beyond the preservation of landowners, monuments and elitist cultural artifacts.
With the understanding that broader definitions and wider audience participation, heritage is a priceless contributor to cohesiveness in society and by definition European Heritage Day’s should be European-wide program to enhance appreciation a diversity of cultures within each country and beyond national borders.
European Heritage Days 2012, celebrates it’s 5th European Heritage Forum in Nicosia, an annual cultural meeting that places cultural and heritage management at it’s core. This year’s theme highlights the issues about “Communicating Heritage” and will include issues such as audience building, participation and empowerment in heritage.
It is in that spirit that we urge for an injection of European reflection into the current state of communication of Heritage and European Heritage in Cyprus.
We are sure that the Forum will serve the purpose of bringing to light severe deficiencies and hopefully enlightened participating members that heritage and culture have already moved out of the box.