Europa Nostra
#3 - 24 April 2020
Dear Collegues & Friends,
Last Wednesday, the entire world celebrated the 50th anniversary of International Mother Earth Day with renewed commitment to a fairer, greener and more sustainable Planet. On that day, UN Secretary General António Guterres made a special message calling the world to turn the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic into a major opportunity for positive climate action. The same day, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission who has the vital responsibility for developing the European Green Deal, stated that “by protecting our planet we protect our health”.
It is today our shared responsibility to act and lead by example, as individuals and as organisations. Indeed, no one is safe alone. No one is strong alone. We are stronger, and BETTER together. This is why today, on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, Europa Nostra announces its collaboration with our colleagues from ICOMOS and the Climate Heritage Network to develop a “European Heritage Green Paper”. This document shall highlight the ways in which the wide heritage community can contribute to the successful implementation of the “European Green Deal”, the world’s most ambitious climate change mitigation programme. This “Green Paper” will be prepared in consultation with many European and international partners, and in particular with members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 and the European Investment Bank Institute.
For the launch of this challenging project, we invite you to watch the forceful video message by our partner Andrew Potts (USA), recorded especially for this edition of the Europa Nostra Agora Weekly Update. Andrew Potts is a leading expert and activist on cultural heritage for climate action, Coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network and Chair of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (click on the image below). We are proud that Andrew will be leading the team entrusted with the drafting of the “European Heritage Green Paper”. 
As stated in our letter sent to Vice-President Timmermans, we fully endorse his commitment to place the European Green Deal at the very heart of Europe’s social and economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Leaders and Institutions can count on the world of culture and cultural heritage as an indispensable ally for achieving the ambitious aims that are the promise of the future European Green Deal. Stay tuned for more news about this vital mobilisation!
We wish you an enriching and inspiring virtual participation in the Europa Nostra Digital Agora! And we thank you for sharing your input for inclusion in our and your Agora which remains “a work in progress” (att. Manon Richard,
On behalf of the Europa Nostra Agora Team,
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović
Secretary General
Google Maps Treks lets you discover the world through virtual guided visits to outstanding cultural and natural World Heritage sites. At a time when travelling is not possible, unleash your inner explorer from the comfort of your own home with these 23 astonishing visits currently available! Our top picks include Venice (Italy), the Mont Blanc (France), Petra (Jordan), the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt),the Taj Mahal (India) or the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador).
Cyprus: The A. G. Leventis Gallery - The collections of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century demonstrate that the celebration of beauty cuts across nationalities, historical periods and styles to constitute a shared inspiration evoked by artists. Take a 360° virtual tour to see how art unfolds in a space where, regardless of their origin, artists contribute to a better understanding of their own achievements and of European art more generally.
The European Culture Channel ARTE is giving free access to all replay videos in 6 languages during this confinement period. From inspiring documentaries, live broadcasts, performing arts, to culture magazine shows, the programmes offered cover a wide and varied range of topics related to our shared culture, heritage, history and memory. This week, we would like to make you travel in time across Europe by watching the following documentaries on The Way of St James, The Monasteries of Europe, Historic Bridges and the Europe Time Machine. Happy watching!
Armenia: The Naghash Music Ensemble - Listen to the uplifting melodies of Armenian folk songs, combining new classical music and the energy of rock and jazz. Three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol and piano play new music based on sacred texts by the medieval Armenian mystic poet and priest, Mkrtich Naghash. In addition to the videos and songs freely available, the Naghash Ensemble is offering a free excerpt from an exclusive live recording at Sémaphore in Cébazat, France.
Balkan Trafik! is a European festival that celebrates the contemporary and traditional creativity of the Balkans and promotes it across Europe. The festival is coming to you from 23 to 26 April with live stream events, debates and concerts! This is a unique opportunity to discover the cultural and artistic diversity of the Balkans in the music, cinema, dance, literature, theatre, or even food sectors! To start your Balkans tour, we invite you to learn more about Novi Sad (Serbia) and Timișoara (Romania), two cities that will be European Capitals of Culture in 2021.
Slow Food, the global movement fighting the disappearance of local foods and traditions, is encouraging everyone - cooks, producers, teachers, activists or culinary enthusiasts - to share stories of resilience related to the ongoing crisis. Do you have a recipe to share? Have you and your local community come up with innovative ways to help people find good, clean and fair food? Share your messages, ideas, videos and pictures on social media, using the hashtag #SlowFoodSolidarity. Every week, Slow Food is bringing you ideas to spend a “Slow Weekend” - check their books, movies, podcasts and cooking classes recommandations here.
For more inspiring stories capturing people’s memories of food and regional cuisine from various communities, check the Granaries of Memory video library. This exemplary project, shedding light on our shared intangible heritage, received a European Heritage Award in 2016.
The Europeana Education Competition 2020, in collaboration with the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, is inviting primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects to find innovative ways of using Europeana digital cultural items in their virtual classroom and share their story of e-implementation about it! You are eligible for the competition if you have implemented (in your classroom or online) a Learning Scenario from the Teaching with Europeana blog, and submitted your entry by 30 April. Read more.
UNESCO and Aarya Chavda are inviting children between ages 6 and 12 to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them - a site in their own community, a memory from a recent family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. UNESCO will be exhibiting a selection of these drawings on its website.
Participate by 17 May 2020:
  1. Follow UNESCO on Instagram
  2. Like the post on the UNESCO Little Artists Exhibition Call
  3. Publish a picture and short description of the artwork inspired by a World Heritage site on Instagram, including the artist’s name, age and country, using the hashtag #ShareOurHeritage and tagging @unesco
  4. Share the UNESCO Little Artists Exhibition Call post as an Instagram story with the hashtag #ShareOurHeritage and @unesco tag.
More information and video here.
Le Dimore del Quarteto, the network enhancing young string quartets and historic houses in a circular economy, is inviting everyone on Instagram to spread the power and beauty of music from home to home all over the world. Here’s how to participate:
  • Make a story of you playing something you love
  • Say “Everything will be alright” in your mother tongue
  • Tag @le_dimore_del_quartetto & friends you want to bring in
  • Use the hashtag #playingmusicathomeforyou
Check their Instagram story to know more.
IMPORTANT: Do not forget to join & contribute to our conversation on social media with the hashtag #EuropaNostraAgora! Every day, we are also promoting past winners of our #EuropeanHeritageAwards until we announce the 2020 winners on 7 May. Stay tuned on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to discover their success stories!
On 24-26 April, the #EUvsVirus pan-European Hackathon, organised by the European Commission under the patronage of EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, will connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. Under the “Social & Political Cohesion” challenge, you can help address issues related to the arts and entertainment, such as restoring citizens’ trust when attending future cultural events, or finding new formats of creative expression. Learn more and join individually or as a team here.
EUROCITIES & Julie’s Bicycle, in the frame of the Horizon 2020 ROCK project, are launching “ROCK Green Streams,” a free series of inspiring talks and presentations on how cities reduce the environmental impact of cultural events, streamed during the coronavirus situation. Each episode will feature an introduction by a guest speaker, a training module for participants and illustrative case studies. The upcoming episodes will focus on:
  • Greener culture is possible on 30 April from 11:00-13:00. Register here.
  • Communicating changes sustainably on 7 May from 11:00-13:00. Register here.
The Alberta Museums Association has created the five-part video series Taking Action on Climate Change which addresses ways in which museum staff and museum visitors can engage in climate change action by facilitating and leading conversations around issues that are important to their communities as well as finding innovative and inclusive solutions that impact their future. Containing practical examples of how individuals can take proactive action to address climate change, the five videos have been designed to be integrated into museum exhibition spaces and online platforms as a free educational tool.
The Heritage Management Organization, based in the US (Washington) and Greece (Athens), is now offering its Executive Leadership Workshops online. Check the upcoming online trainings:
  • Strategic Planning for Heritage Managers” on 8-10 May 2020. Deadline to apply on 1 May 2020.
  • Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage Management” on 11 May-7 June 2020. Deadline to apply on 1 May 2020.
  • Developing and Organising Temporary Exhibitions and Touring Strategies” on 5-7 June 2020. Deadline to apply on 29 May 2020.
  • Personal Interpretation for Natural and Cultural Heritage” in Autumn 2020. Deadline to apply on 30 June 2020.
ICMEMO (International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes) is organising its first webinar on “Memorial Museums in the time of COVID-19:Reflection, Response, and Creative Strategies for the Future” on 28 April at 15:00. Interventions by experts will focus on 1) The effects of COVID-19 on Museums around the world ; 2) Creative, alternative means to reach our audience and 3) Digital Strategies & Emergency Planning. Available Resources. Register here.
Europa Nostra kicks-off work on a “European Heritage Green Paper” in collaboration with ICOMOS and the European Investment Bank Institute on the key and timely topic of heritage and climate change. This important document shall be the contribution of the wide heritage community to the shaping of Europe’s ambitious climate action as a key component of Europe’s post-crisis socioeconomic recovery. It will particularly focus on the role of cultural heritage in achieving the ambitions of the European Green Deal. This important project will benefit from the wide expertise of Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network and Chair of the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group, who has been entrusted by Europa Nostra with the task of leading the drafting team of the above-mentioned “Green Paper”. Read more.
The Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans, together with Bertrand Piccard, founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, published on 16 April a joint Op-Ed entitled ‘Which world do we want after COVID-19?’ In this article, the authors call for Europe’s qualitative growth as well as a more sustainable and circular economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. Read the Op-Ed here.
The European Investment Bank Group is asking for contributions from interested stakeholders to accompany it in developing its roadmap – the “Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025”. This roadmap will provide a detailed strategic and operational framework for its activities on climate action and environmental sustainability over the first five years. Contribute to the Survey ‘Stakeholder engagement on the EIB Group’s Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025: Turning ambition into reality’ here.
ICOMOS and partners in the Culture 2030 Goal campaign have released a Statement on 'Culture and the COVID-19 Pandemic', framed within the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda and the need to guarantee that culture is at the heart of this action. The statement, which has been endorsed by Europa Nostra, is open to endorsements by all organisations concerned and available in English, Spanish and French, here.
Are you involved in an innovative, impactful and inspiring heritage project in a city or region? You can still submit your good practice to Cultural Heritage in Action, the EU peer-learning programme for local and regional policy-makers and practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience on cultural heritage. A special call to identify 30 best practices is open until 27 April 2020. Read more here.
The Organization of World Heritage Cities is inviting cities across the world to share their initiatives to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, as a way to show heritage cities’ uniqueness, similarities and the resilience they are showing in this situation. The measures are grouped into four categories: Prevention and security ; Flattening of the epidemic curve and ensuring continuity of services ; Economic and tourism recovery and Creating or improving digital access to heritage (when physical access is impossible). The OWHC is gathering and sharing all the actions implemented by local and regional governments around the world. Contribute and check the initiatives here.
A Marshall Plan for European Tourism”: In a debate held with the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee on 21 April, Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, reminded that European tourism is one of the most impacted economic sectors by the COVID-19 crisis and requires highest priority. In addition to pledging for a European industrial recovery plan, he also called on reinventing and rethinking a more sustainable, digital and resilient future European tourism sector. In March, together with, among others, Pearle*-Live Performance Europe, EFA (European Festivals Association, and Mad’in Europe, Europa Nostra figured among the European cultural networks that had supported the joint statement of the European Tourism Manifesto Alliance on the implementation of urgent measures to limit the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on the sector.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published on 23 April a special report on the effects of EU investments in cultural sites. While the report reminds that the EU can be proud of its rich cultural diversity and has put in place a number of initiatives to ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced, it also revealed that their coordination with funding arrangements is too limited and EU investments lack focus on the preservation and financial sustainability of cultural sites. In addition, the auditors highlight that cultural investments are not treated as a priority, but mainly as means of promoting economic objectives.
KEA has compiled in an article existing short-term emergency measures to prevent the collapse of the culture and creative sectors (CCS) in Europe, its cultural institutions, artists and cultural workers who are in the forefront of social changes and community resilience. Find out more about the measures and financial instruments put into place by the EU institutions, Members States (Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium), but also by the private sector (Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc). Don’t forget to check the collaborative map tracking the COVID-19 policy responses for the cultural and creative sectors over the world, and read the inspiring article “Artists and culture to imagine the way out of the crisis” by Philippe Kern, Founder & Managing Director of KEA.
World Monuments Fund: The newly-created World Monuments Relief Fund addresses unanticipated financial needs created by the current crisis at WMF sites around the world. Your contribution will help save exceptional architectural treasures, support and sustain local communities, and make our shared global history available for future generations. The Crisis Response Fund provides resources for early recovery actions for endangered heritage sites due to climate change, natural disaster, human conflict, and more. The Fund is intended to help build community resilience, create economic opportunity, and strengthen social cohesion in the wake of disaster. You can apply for assistance here or make a donation here (your gift will be doubled through a matching challenge).
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