European Heritage Days of the Future – Are we There Yet?

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.


About Cyprus.Diversecity

Culture is made and thrives on diversity, my aim is to look at it as it enhances our capability to be more open.
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2 Responses to European Heritage Days of the Future – Are we There Yet?

  1. blogcyeu says:

    Reblogged this on Open Cyprus Europe 2012 and commented:
    The essential goal is to draw on the renown of the European Heritage Days and the influence which they
    now wield in order to give concrete expression to the principles affirmed Europe-wide by the Faro Framework
    Convention (Portugal, 27 October 2005):
    – developing the feeling of a “heritage community” in Europe based on recognition of a specific
    heritage and a commitment to promoting it;
    – encouraging European citizens to lay claim to multiple cultural belonging, encouraging them to
    identify with both the specific heritage of their region or community and the common heritage of
    – lastly, encouraging a conception of the heritage as an added value for intercultural dialogue and
    sustainable development for individuals and society.
    The European Heritage Days can therefore provide a valuable means of securing an integrated approach to
    managing the cultural heritage at all levels in the various countries. This approach takes account of the need
    for the public to participate in the “heritagisation” process, from the identification of heritage items to their
    enhancement, through their protection and restoration (if necessary).

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