European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

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Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence is part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

In 2018 the EU will celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). The year will be marked by events and initiatives across Europe to encourage people to explore and debate Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage; celebrate, understand and protect its unique value and reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in European citizens’ lives.

Cultural heritage is present everywhere, from buildings in European towns and cities to natural landscapes and archaeological sites, literature, art and even food. It also helps people understand their past and get a sense of their future.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage aims to:

  • encourage people to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage
  • celebrate, understand and protect its unique value
  • reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives

European cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to our future. By highlighting cultural heritage in 2018, we will emphasise:

  • how it builds stronger societies
  • how it creates jobs and prosperity
  • its importance for our relations with the rest of the world
  • what can be done to protect it

During the year, the European Commission will focus debate on how cultural heritage helps to build stronger societies, creates jobs and prosperity, whilst highlighting its importance for EU relations with the rest of the world and what can be done to protect it.

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