Innovative cultural heritage practices across European cities and regions
Cultural Heritage in Action has now come to an end! The EU-funded peer-learning project for cities and regions on cultural heritage, financed by Creative...
Cultural heritage through youth’s eyes
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.
Heritage and innovation: how to innovate with cultural resources?
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...
New European Bauhaus Prizes: apply now!
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.
Valorisation of religious and natural heritage in rural areas
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.
Greening cities and regions through cultural heritage and community involvement
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.
European Heritage Awards 2023: apply now!
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.
Heritage-led urban sustainability in Krakow
The latest Cultural Heritage in Action peer-learning visit to Krakow focused on green heritage spaces and places as part of a broader strategy to achieve climate neutrality in cities.
How to better protect cultural heritage from the impact of climate change?
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.
European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022 in Prague
Organised by Europa Nostra, the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2022 will take place from 25 to 27 September in Prague.
Cultural Heritage in Action calls for good practices!
Last chance to submit a good practice and be featured in the Cultural Heritage in Action catalogue!
Rethinking tourism and development after the pandemic
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!
How culture paid for the pandemic
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.
Prizes and praises for European cultural heritage
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.
Leads from Leeds: learning from and with Leeds Museums & Galleries
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.
Helsinki: “You can make a cultural policy with real estate”
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.
Cultural tourism in post-Covid cities: Towards more sustainable patterns?
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.
Dissonant heritage: reflecting on a difficult chapter of Glasgow’s history
The city of Glasgow has commissioned an audit to define the historic associations and modern legacies that originated from the Atlantic slave trade.
Industrial heritage buildings: adapt, reuse, enhance!
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.
Cultural tourism in post-covid cities
Join the third episode of the "sharing stories" webinar series featuring speakers from Florence and Savonlinna.
Can you dig it? An archive for an inclusive city
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.
Adaptive reuse of (industrial) buildings with a history
Join the second episode of the "sharing stories" webinar series featuring speakers from Ljubljana, Brno, and Valladolid.
Sparking learning with culture
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.
Building a city-wide arts and heritage curriculum to improve life chances
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.
Five peer learning visits in European cities and regions organised by Cultural Heritage in Action.
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.
Learning through, with and about cultural heritage
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.
Seven new cities to be part of Cultural Heritage in Action’s catalogue of good practices!
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.
“I used to live here”
The 14 Henrietta Street Museum in Dublin may not be the museum of a house, and may not even be a museum, but it is unquestionably a place that anyone on the path of restoring local cultural heritage has a lot to learn from.
We are calling for experts!
We are looking for high-level experts with different backgrounds to complete a consortium team bringing together a unique experience of working with cities, regions and stakeholders on cultural heritage. Apply now!
European Heritage Awards 2022: apply now!
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 breath of new life
Located in central Poland, Lodz prospered off the back of a wave of dynamic, nineteenth century capitalism that ushered in wealth from the textile industry.
The past, present and future of culture and heritage
A recap of the Cultural Heritage in Action online event who took place on 8 December 2021 by Anthony Colclough, Eurocities Communication Specialist.
Cultural Heritage in cities and regions: challenges and trends throughout Europe
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.
CulturEU, your new guide to European funding for culture and cultural heritage!
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.
How to assess the quality of a place?
‘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.
A new dance to old music
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.
New calls to support cultural heritage projects and events!
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.
Cultural Heritage is back IN ACTION!
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.
Cultural heritage: a powerful catalyst for cities and regions.
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.