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 has 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. Initiatives at the different levels can be awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 label (also through NEMO!).

At European level, the 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.
Stakeholders of European cultural heritage organisations and networks are part of a stakeholder committee shaping the year and support cross-border initiatives, e.g. by awarding them with the EYCH label.
At country level, the Year is being organised by national coordinators, designated by each EU Member State.

NEMO and the EYCH 2018

NEMO is actively involved in the European Year. The network is part of the European Commission's stakeholder committee for the year and develops 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. And by awarding the European Year of Cultural Heritage label. All projects awarded before September have the chance to be selected to present their activities at NEMO's Annual Conference from 15-18 Novemberin Valletta, Malta. The selected projects will be announced in early October. Accommodation and travels will be covered by NEMO.

If you have questions regarding the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, don't hesitate to get in touch with NEMO at!

Initiatives during the EYCH 2018

Various European Initiatives evolving around the European Year of Cultural Heritage have started. The European Commission divides them among four areas: engagement, sustainability, protection and innovation.

  • Shared heritage: cultural heritage belongs to us all
  • Heritage at school: children discovering Europe's most precious treasures and traditions
  • Youth for heritage: young people bringing new life to heritage
  • Heritage in transition: re-imagining industrial, religious, military sites and landscapes
  • Tourism and heritage: responsible and sustainable tourism around cultural heritage
  • Cherishing heritage: developing quality standards for interventions on cultural heritage
  • Heritage at risk: fighting against illicit trade in cultural goods and managing risks for cultural heritage
  • Heritage-related skills: better education and training for traditional and new professions
  • All for heritage: fostering social innovation and people's and communities participation
  • Science for heritage: research, innovation, science and technology for the benefit of heritage

Calendar of Events

11-12 December 2018Closing Ceremony by the Austrian Presidency in Vienna, Austria
18-19 October 2018Congress on Cultural Heritage in Vienna, Austria
September 2018Last Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018
Aug-Sep 2018European Heritage Days
18-24 June 2018European Cultural Heritage Summit / EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards Ceremony / 5th Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018 in Berlin, Germany
19 June 2018NEMO event for museums and the public as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit
April 2018European Heritage Label Ceremony 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
End of March 2018Bulgarian Presidency conference on Cultural Heritage in Bulgaria
20 March 2018Joint RTD - EAC high level Conference on European Research for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium
January/February 20184th Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018 in Brussels, Belgium
20 & 27 January 2018Opening Ceremonies of European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Valletta and Leeuwarden 2018
8 January 2018Launch of the EYCH 2018 for Germany in Hamburg, Germany
4-5 January 2018College meeting and Launch of the Year by the Bulgarian Presidency in Sofia, Bulgaria
7-8 December 2017Official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 at the European Culture Forum in Milan, Italy
6 December 20173rd Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018 in Milan, Italy
22 November 2017Deadline for submissions to Creative Europe Call for European cooperation projects related to EYCH2018
19 October 20172nd Meeting with National Committees for European Heritage Days in Strasbourg, France
7 September 20172nd Meeting of Stakeholder's Committee for EYCH2018 in Brussels, Belgium
27 June 20171st Meeting with National Committees for European Heritage Days to shape synergies for EYCH 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
11 May 2017Decision on EYCH 2018 adopted by the Council of the European Union
28 April 2017Stakeholder Meeting Voices of Culture and Heritage
1st 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.
Sharing Heritage - Website of the EYCH 2018 related activities in Germany

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

Creative Europe Call to support European cooperation projects related to activities of the EYCH2018

Website of the European Commission dedicated to EYCH 2018