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EYCH 2018 Malta

The idea of a European Year of Cultural Heritage was raised for the first time in the 2014 Council conclusions on the participatory governance of cultural heritage. The idea received strong support, so much so that 2018 is now being designated as the European Year for Cultural Heritage. 

Europe’s cultural heritage surrounds us in the buildings of our cities, our landscapes and our archaeological sites.
  It is preserved not only in literature, art and objects but also in craft skills, stories, food and films. In its diversity, cultural heritage brings us together. Our digital world gives it an unprecedented access.

The aim of the Year is to encourage more people to discover and explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The Year will pursue an integrated approach to heritage, and put people at the centre.

Thanks to Europe’s cultural heritage we can understand the past and imagine the future. In 2018, we will emphasise:

-  its value to society;
- its contribution to the economy;
- its role in European cultural diplomacy; 
- and the importance of safeguarding our common cultural heritage.





Cultural heritage plays a strong economic role in Europe. Over 300,000 people are directly employed in this sector and 7.8 million European jobs are indirectly linked to it, for example in tourism and building works, ancillary services such as transport, interpretation services, maintenance and security.


​​How will the Year be implemented? 

As other European Years, 2018 will be implemented through initiatives and events at European, national, regional and local levels. 
At country level, the Year is being organised by national coordinators, designated by each EU Member State. 
At European level, implementation of the Year will be a joint effort of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council and also the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.  UNESCO, ICCROM and the Council of Europe will also be closely associated.
EU delegations will also promote the Year in third countries.
Activities will encompass awareness-raising and knowledge-sharing events. Up to 10 highly visible European initiatives will build a legacy for the Year following 2018. A large amount of transnational projects will be funded, with the support of the Creative Europe programme (a dedicated call for the Year will be issued in the last quarter of 2017), Horizon 2020, Erasmus Plus, Citizens for Europe, and a number of other EU funding programmes.

What are the main themes at European level? 
The 10 European initiatives will focus on four main objectives, namely: 
- Engaging people with cultural heritage;
- Promoting its value;
- Fostering its protection; and 
- Stimulating innovation.  

These projects will ensure the Year’s legacy.
Branding of events and projects 
The name and the logo of the Year will be used in the branding of events and projects taking place between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018, which contribute significantly to achieving one or more of the objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, according to the following criteria:
- Content and relevance to the objectives of the year
- Outreach
- Impact
A call for the submission of public and private sector events for branding will be issued in the last quarter of 2017 by the Culture Directorate. 




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