The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.

Each Member State has appointed a National Coordinator to implement the year and coordinate events and projects at local, regional and national level. Key Stakeholders from the cultural sector as well as civil society organisations are closely involved in the year’s activities.

At European level, all EU institutions are committed to making the year a success. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, as well as the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee will organise events to celebrate the year and launch activities focusing on cultural heritage.

In addition, the EU will fund projects supporting cultural heritage. A dedicated call for cooperation projects relating to the year has been launched under the Creative Europe programme. A wealth of additional opportunities will be available under Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, and other EU programmes. 

Events big and small are taking place all around Europe. Visit the website of the year in your country to find out what's happening near you, https://europa.eu/cultural-heritage/country-links, https://europa.eu/cultural-heritage/european-year-cultural-heritage_en.

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