EYCH 2018

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The European Union has declared 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018). The European Heritage Alliance 3.3 as a platform representing the wider field of cultural heritage has been strongly advocating for organising such a European Year. The Alliance and its members have regularly liaised with the EU institutions for the preparation and implementation of the European Year.

The following 19 Alliance members were selected by the European Commission to participate in the Stakeholders’ Committee for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 so as to assist with the implementation of the European Year at EU level:

  • ACE (Architects’ Council of Europe)
  • CIVILSCAPE (European Landscape Convention)
  • EAA (European Association of Archaeologists)
  • E.C.C.O. (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations)
  • ECTN (European Cultural Tourism Network)
  • ECTP-CEU (European Council of Spatial Planners)
  • E-FAITH (European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage)
  • EHHA (European Historic Houses Association)
  • EMF (European Museum Forum)
  • ENCATC (European Network on Cultural management and Policy Education)
  • ERIH (European Route of Industrial Heritage)
  • EUROCITIES (The Network of Major European Cities)
  • Europa Nostra (The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe)
  • Europeana
  • FRH (Future for Religious Heritage)
  • ICOM (International Council of Museums)
  • ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
  • Interpret Europe (European Association for Heritage Interpretation)
  • NEMO (The Network of European Museum Organisations)

The Stakeholders’ Committee for the EYCH 2018 has a total of 38 members. More about the specific consultation process (“Voices of Culture and Heritage”) organised by the European Commission is available here.

The spring 2017 meeting of the Alliance was scheduled one day ahead of the first stakeholder meeting on 28 April 2017 so as to allow for Alliance members to coordinate their messages ahead of the stakeholder meeting. Subsequent meetings of the EYCH 2018 Stakeholders’ Committee took place in September 2017 (Brussels) and in December 2017 on the occasion of the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (Milan). During the EYCH, three meetings took place in March (back-to-back with an Alliance meeting) and June 2018 in Brussels and the last meeting in November 2018 in Leipzig.

The whole European Heritage Alliance 3.3 – now counting more than 40 members – has focused its resources on contributing to the European Year. For more information about events and meetings organised by individual members of the Alliance in the run up to and during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, please consult the events page.

Background documents on the European Year