Alice Strömberg is a seventeen-year-old curator at the ‘My Castle, Your Castle project’ in Sweden. Last October, she spent three days on an immersive visit to the ancient city of Zaragoza, as part of Cultural Heritage in Action.
Every innovation starts with a problem to be solved, a void to be filled, a challenge to be faced. What if cultural heritage could be a solution? The...
The European Commission just opened the 3rd edition of the New European Bauhaus Prizes. The Prizes recognise and reward existing projects and young people’s concepts which demonstrate that the sustainable solutions promoted by the European Green Deal can also be inclusive and beautiful, bringing high-quality experiences to people's everyday lives.
Rural, dispersed and less accessible communities are often not the focus of cultural heritage protection and valorisation policies. The peer-learning visit to Cantabria was a unique opportunity to address the challenge of managing cultural and natural heritage in this mountainous region.
The City of Krakow has developed several initiatives through its Municipal Culture Service and its Municipal Green Space Authority to capitalise on the city’s natural and cultural heritage and landscapes for its sustainable development.
Europe’s most inspiring architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, professionals, volunteers, public and private institutions, and local communities now have a new chance to be recognised for their achievements! The deadline to send submissions is closing on 5 December.
Towards a sustainable model of reusing old premises for cultural uses: the example of Kaapeli in Helsinki.
The KAAPELI model demonstrates how to transform a significant heritage asset while managing financial risk. The critical success factors included the company owning the assets, having long-term tenancies and a mix of services and activities.
More than 80 examples of good practices from across Europe were collected in a new report to uncover the impact of climate change on cultural heritage, and to suggest green and sustainable solutions to combat it.
Last chance to submit a good practice and be featured in the Cultural Heritage in Action catalogue!
Hard-hit by the Covid 19 pandemic, the tourism sector in European cities is now ready to be reborn. A must-read if you are planning to travel to Florence and Braga this summer!
Even without any numbers to back this claim, it is evident that the cultural sector has struggled through the pandemic, and that there will be long-term consequences that are not yet clear. In Manchester, the relaunch of its arts and culture sector is well underway.
European Heritage Awards and European Heritage Label reward outstanding initiatives and best practices in European heritage sites. Both initiatives contribute to creating a sense of belonging and place and reinforcing a bigger community across Europe.
As a local authority-run museum service, Leeds Museums & Galleries is an important entity for Leeds City Council. Grounded within communities and the structure of the city, it performs a key civic role and is a pivotal organisation for the delivery of cultural and heritage activities at the city’s level.
KAAPELI, a “temporary industrial space” turned into a platform for culture and the arts in Helsinki. A visual story from a peer-learning visit to Finland.
Learning by caring: Leeds Museums and Galleries Primary School Membership Scheme and Curriculum Planning
The Leeds Museums and Galleries Primary School Membership Scheme and Curriculum Planning was one of the initiatives presented during a Cultural Heritage in Action peer learning visit in Leeds. It is a symptomatic example of museums’ soft power at work when training the next generation.
Tourism is one of cities’ major economic assets. It contributes to the local economy and generates jobs and social added value. But it can also create downsides affecting people’s quality of life, like over-tourism, anti-social behaviours, tensions with locals, pressure on the use of public services and housing prices.
The city of Glasgow has commissioned an audit to define the historic associations and modern legacies that originated from the Atlantic slave trade.
The second sharing stories webinar of Cultural Heritage in Action explored, through concrete examples, the benefits of re-using heritage sites, the challenges inherent to adaptive re-use projects, and the drivers of quality interventions on cultural heritage.
Dig it Up is a local grassroots cultural heritage organisation that works to preserve people’s memories and memorabilia of local history in Rotterdam. Dig it Up came to the city looking for technical support to help create a system that ordinary residents could use to digitise their cultural knowledge and artefacts.
Join the second episode of the "sharing stories" webinar series featuring speakers from Ljubljana, Brno, and Valladolid.
Schools are more than just a building where young people passively receive an education. Schools are open, cultural spaces where students can be actors of their education thanks to culture and heritage products, services, or activities.
Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG), part of Leeds City Council, led a city-wide consortium of over 50 arts, cultural and community organisations and over 30 primary schools to co-create the Leeds Curriculum.
An interesting peer learning programme is being built for the spring and autumn of 2022 as part of Cultural Heritage in Action peer learning activities. Five peer learning visits will take place in Leeds, Helsinki, Krakow, Cantabria and Zaragoza.
The first episode of Cultural Heritage in Action's sharing stories webinar series will explore the interrelations between cultural heritage, education, training and literacy. Join us on 28 February at 14.00 CET. Registrations are open.
Discover three new stories that have been selected to become part of the catalogue of good practices put together in the framework of Cultural Heritage in Action.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Europe's most prestigious Awards in the heritage field, the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022. The deadline to send submissions is closing on 1 February 2022.
A recap of the Cultural Heritage in Action online event who took place on 8 December 2021 by Anthony Colclough, Eurocities Communication Specialist.
Dive into Cultural Heritage in Action’s latest publication – a digital gold-mine of resources for anyone interested in cultural heritage at local and regional level. This online publication is stuffed with great examples from cities and holds insights on future trends – ways for cities and regions to get ahead of the game and understand the problems that are coming up.
With a new guide, the European Commission wants to ease access to EU funding opportunities available in 2021-2027 for the cultural and creative sectors.
‘High quality design and well-considered interventions can sustain the life and authenticity of cultural assets and prevent the adverse loss of their cultural significance’. This is one of the conclusions brought up by the Open Method of Coordination group of Member States’ experts focusing on high-quality architecture and built environment for everyone.
OPEK is an old customs building in Leuven where different art disciplines meet in dance, theatre, visual arts, music, literature and photography. This heritage building has been repurposed to host around eight cultural organisations that offer performances and participation in the arts.
The joint action ‘European Heritage Days’ by the Council of Europe and the European Commission has opened two calls to support the European Heritage label projects and the European Heritage Days events. The deadline for submission of the project proposals is Monday 17 January 2022.
In its second phase (2021-2023), the peer learning programme Cultural Heritage in Action will continue to empower European cities and regions to strengthen their cultural heritage policies and initiatives as well as develop innovative solutions to preserve cultural heritage assets.
In a new publication “Cultural heritage: a powerful catalyst for cities and regions”, we present the key findings from Cultural Heritage in Action. The publication captures the main trends identified during the project (identification of good practices and peer-learning visits) and articulates key learning points, for both policies and projects.