European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

With the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 the European Union will celebrate the diversity and richness of our European heritage.

Aims and Objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018) aims to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. It encourages more people to discover and explore the opportunities of Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage. At the same time, it draws attention to the challenges cultural heritage faces, such as the impact of the digital shift, environmental and physical pressure on heritage sites, and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

The main objectives of this European Year are: 

  • to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion;
  • to highlight the economic contribution of cultural heritage to the cultural and creative sectors, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and to local and regional development
  • to emphasise the role of cultural heritage in European cultural diplomacy
  • to underline the importance of safeguarding our common cultural heritage

Implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

The European Year will have a dedicated financial envelope of 8 million Euro, which is partially financed through the Creative Europe Programme. As other European Years, EYCH 2018 will be implemented through initiatives and events at European, national, regional and local levels.

At European level, implementation of the Year will be a joint effort of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council and also the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.
At country level, the Year is being organised by national coordinators, designated by each EU Member State.

NEMO and the EYCH 2018

NEMO will be actively involved in the European Year and develop different activities and formats together with its members. NEMO is looking forward to support national museum organisations, museums and stakeholders in Europe during the year by providing opportunities for collaboration, exchange, networking and information.

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Calendar of Events

7-8 December 2017Official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 at the European Culture Forum in Milan, Italy
November 20173rd Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018
September 20172nd Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018
11 May 2017Decision on EYCH 2018 adopted by the Council of the European Union
28 April 2017Stakeholder Meeting Voices of Culture and Heritage
First Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee
for EYCH 2018. NEMO is part of the committee.
27 April 2017Meeting of European Heritage Alliance 3.3
NEMO participated in the meeting and discussions concerning the EYCH 2018
27 April 2017Adoption of EYCH 2018 by European Parliament
30 August 2016Proposal by the European Commission for a European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018

Further resources

Brief overview of the aim, objective and implementation of the EYCH 2018

List of Appointed National Coordinators for EYCH 2018
The national coordinators are the national contact points for questions concerning initiatives, support and activities during the EYCH 2018 in the respective countries.

EU Funding opportunities for EYCH 2018
These are funding opportunities by the European Union from different EU funding programmes

Website of the European Commission dedicated to EYCH 2018