“The COVID-19 crisis has made clear just how necessary culture and cultural heritage are to people and communities across Europe. At a moment where hundreds of millions of Europeans remain physically separated, our cultural heritage continues, more than ever, to bring people together. This year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards are inspiring and powerful examples which truly contribute to a closer, more united and more resilient Europe,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
“In these trying times, our award laureates, with their success stories of how adversity can be overcome through expertise, dedication and team work, are true messengers of hope. These exemplary awarded projects demonstrate that cultural heritage is vital to our mental and physical recovery from the trauma caused by the pandemic. Our shared heritage and its custodians can contribute in so many ways: from making accessible cultural content via creative digital solutions to undertaking concrete restoration and rehabilitation works as an act of social and economic rebirth for our cities and villages,” stated Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra.
The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were launched by the European Commission in 2002 and have been run by Europa Nostra - the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage - ever since. The Awards have the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
The Award winners were selected by independent juries composed of heritage experts from across Europe, upon thorough evaluation of candidatures submitted by organisations and individuals from 30 European countries. The Juries also decided to give three Europa Nostra Awards to remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme, namely Switzerland and Turkey.
In 2020, two new ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will also be awarded from among the submitted applications to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will be announced on 28 May. ILUCIDARE is a project funded by Horizon 2020 with the aim of establishing an international network promoting heritage as a resource for innovation and international relations.
2020 Award Winners
(listed alphabetically by country)
▪ Rubens' Garden Screen and Garden Pavilion, Antwerp, BELGIUM
▪ Hvar's Arsenal, CROATIA
▪ Epitaphs of the University Church of Leipzig, GERMANY
▪ The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, HUNGARY
▪ Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila, ITALY
▪ LocHal, Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS
▪ Subterranean Caves and Wineries of El Cotarro, province of Burgos, SPAIN
▪ The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, UNITED KINGDOM
▪ Tramontana Network III, FRANCE/ITALY/POLAND/PORTUGAL/SPAIN
▪ Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP), ITALY
▪ Scanning for Syria, THE NETHERLANDS
Category Dedicated Service
▪ Mr. Don Duco, THE NETHERLANDS
Category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
▪ Cross-border Collaboration for European Classical Music, CZECH REPUBLIC
▪ Arolsen Archives Online, GERMANY
▪ The Secret Life of a Palace, Gödöllő, HUNGARY
▪ Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation, HUNGARY
▪ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, POLAND/SPAIN
▪ The Ambulance for Monuments, ROMANIA
Europa Nostra Awards go to three remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme.
▪ Manor Farm of Bois de Chênes, SWITZERLAND
Category Dedicated Service
▪ Société de Lecture, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Category Education, Training and Awareness-raising
▪ SARAT - Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey, TURKEY
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