European Heritage Days, September 2019

23.08.2019 |

This is a festival of records: Over 50.000 events every year, organised by 50 European States, more than 30 million visitors. The European Heritage Days, held every September, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural event shared by the citizens of Europe.

This year’s European Heritage Days are all about Arts and Entertainment - from Shakespeare’s sonnets to Insta-poets’ viral poems, cabaret performances to nightclubbing, and archery to virtual reality gaming,

From street shows to concert halls, traditional theatres and museums to modern cinema and digital art, entertainment heritage of Europe will play out on local, national and European stages for visitors and guests of all ages to enjoy. The all-encompassing theme will include sports, photography, tourism, circus, fairs, visual arts, cinema, radio, and television among other entertainment-inspired art forms.

The European Heritage Days want to raise the awareness of European citizens to the richness and cultural diversity of Europe. They aim to create a climate in which the variety of European cultures is appreciated. The Heritage days want to counter racism and xenophobia and encourage greater tolerance in Europe and beyond the national border.  They want to inform the public and the political authorities about the need to protect cultural heritage against new threat and invite Europe to respond to the social, political and economic challenges it faces.

There is a central website to search for all events in all countries. The European Heritage Days are a Joint Programme by the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

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"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)