2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which will be marked by an unparalleled series of events celebrating Europe’s rich and diverse heritage.
The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and explore Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European family.
During the year, the emphasis will be on:
- cultural heritage’s value to society;
- its contribution to the economy;
- its role in European cultural diplomacy;
- the importance of safeguarding it for the enjoyment of future generations.
During 2018, thousands of activities and celebrations will take place all across Europe. Ten major European initiatives will make sure the Year has an impact beyond 2018. These initiatives will be implemented by the European Commission in collaboration with key partners (Council of Europe, UNESCO and other European organisations) The ten initiatives will maximise support for four objectives: engagement, sustainability, protection and innovation.
The Year will also feature prominently in existing initiatives dedicated to cultural heritage such as:
- European Culture Forum
- European Heritage Days
- European Heritage Label
- European Capitals of Culture 2018.
The deadline for the call for “Support for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” (Category 3) is 22 November 2017 and for “Support for European cooperation projects 2018” (Category 1: Smaller scale cooperation projects and Category 2: Larger scale cooperation projects) is 18 January 2018.