Europa Nostra
#10 - 12 June 2020
Dear Colleagues & Friends,
We are delighted to send you this week’s Europa Nostra Digital Agora update on the same day when, in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute, we are launching the call for nominations for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021 (watch the video), which also receives the support of the EU Creative Europe Programme.

You can nominate by 7 September 2020 an endangered heritage gem with the support of an organisation in your country that is already a member of Europa Nostra or directly by joining our pan-European network as a member or associate organisation or as a new individual member. Members of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 can also submit a nomination for the programme.
First novelty: as of 2020, the 7 Most Endangered programme will be run on an annual basis, instead of a biennial basis as it was the case in the past. Second novelty: in the 2021 edition, for the first time since the launch of the programme, the selected 7 Most Endangered heritage sites will be eligible for an EIB Heritage Grant, which will cover an amount of up to 10.000 euros per site. We are proud and grateful to the invaluable and constant support of the European Investment Bank and its Institute to safeguard our historic monuments, archaeological sites, places of worship, industrial sites or historical parks, which all narrate the important story of our Europe.
We are, therefore, particularly pleased to welcome in this week’s Agora upate Emma Navarro, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. In a video message recorded especially for this occasion, she recalls how our fruitful partnership for saving Europe’s most vulnerable sites makes a significant contribution to sustaining a “cohesive Europe that can work as one towards greater prosperity”.
We are also grateful for the EIB’s support to the European Heritage Alliance Manifesto “Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe” which was launched this year on 9 May - Europe Day and has until now been signed by 600 signatories (sign here). In her endorsement letter, Emma Navarro reiterated that supporting cultural heritage will remain an important mission of the EIB. “Cultural heritage is indeed at the heart of what makes the European Union so special and it plays a great role in defining and maintaining our shared European identity. Cultural heritage is also a key asset contributing to making Europe the world’s no. 1 tourist destination. For all these reasons, as we signed the Berlin Call to Action for Cultural Heritage in 2018, I am pleased to reiterate that cultural heritage is important for the EIB and that we will continue to support cultural heritage projects or projects that have a cultural heritage component.”, she said.
We wish you an inspiring and enriching journey through our Digital Agora and related online platform! Please, share your contributions for inclusion in our next editions with Manon Richard (
On behalf of the Europa Nostra Agora Team,
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović
Secretary General
European Heritage Days Stories 2020 - For the third year in a row inspiring heritage stories are brought to the public by storytellers from all over Europe! A total of 80 European heritage communities from 20 European countries created unique and inspiring stories celebrating different aspects of their local heritage while linking back to shared European values. While the jury is evaluating projects for the competitive grant awards, you can read all the stories online. This year, 9 previous laureates of our European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards have published their stories: Kempens Landschap: supporting cultural heritage since 1997 (Belgium), CVAR: A route to our shared cultural heritage (Cyprus), Home for Cooperation – an unsuspected space in-between, breathes hope (Cyprus), RomArchive - The Digital Archive of the Roma (Germany), Remembering a place – remembering ways of life: Untold histories of the people of Palmyra/Syria (Germany), Promoting historical archives through storytelling (Italy), A winning combination (Italy), Commonlands: a history of community participation (Italy) and Yr Ysgwrn: keeping the door open (UK).
Europe: Food Paths Network - This network connects European cities that adopt a common approach to protecting their respective culinary heritages with the objective of turning gastronomic capital to good account. Discover how the five cities - Brno, Dubrovnik, Kecskemet, Krakow, and Venice - involved in the SlowFood-CE Project, in which Europa Nostra is an associate partner, have successfully identified, protected and valorised their culinary traditions, in particular through public markets, cultural events, food education, and sustainable tourism. Their work resulted in the publication of the SlowFood-CE Strategy “A Common Transnational Strategy for the Sustainable Promotion of the Central Europe Gastronomic Heritage”, which can be used as a roadmap for other cities eager to invest in gastronomic heritage as a tool to integrate economic, environmental and social sustainability. You can also join the network!
Scotland: 3D model of Edinburgh Castle - Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is offering a great way to appreciate the scale and magnificence of Edinburgh Castle through a 3D model of Scotland’s iconic fortress. The 3D model has been populated with information giving the virtual visitor an immersive digital tour of the Castle and gives the chance to explore hidden parts of the castle. The model was created using laser scan data captured as part of the Rae project which aims at digitally documenting over 300 heritage sites and collections in HES’ care. These digital innovations are crucial in helping to understand, conserve and tell the stories of our historic sites.
Italy: New excavations of Pompeii in Regio V revealed in an exclusive virtual tour by Massimo Osanna - In a drone footage video, the Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii presents the ancient city and the new excavations, leading us to discover the newly uncovered Domus, including the House with the Garden with its splendid triclinium frescoes and painted portico; the House of Orion with its First Style paintings and the mosaic of Orion, which is the only one of its kind; and in addition the settings of everyday life.
Opera out of Opera - This project brings opera out of the opera theatres, combining in an innovative way live electronics, virtual environments, with traditional representations and performances, with the aim of creating unexpensive and flexible representations that can easily be transported and replicable. A modern and eye-catching app for smartphones, available in several languages, ensures the engagement of the live and remote audience during the performances through voting and other interactive features. The project is coordinated by the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia (Rome, Italy) and its project partners, including the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen - AEC (Brussels, Belgium), and receives the support of the Creative Europe Programme.
#BenakiCloseUps - Discover the new video series of Benaki Museum highlighting fascinating stories behind the museum objects as well as the people associated with them. The Benaki Museum, a multi-purpose cultural center in the center of Athens (Greece), holds a unique and diverse artefacts collection showcasing the development of Greek culture from prehistoric to modern times and the cultural results of its encounters with neighbouring civilizations. The rich museum collection is perfectly illustrated in the new informative and educative videos; Enjoy a detailed close-up of a black glaze pyxis, an Augsburg Cabinet or an Ottoman sprinkler and learn the stories behind these objects from the museum experts.
European Heritage Times - This digital newspaper features personal stories about European heritage written by social media volunteers from all across Europe and even beyond. The range of topics varies greatly and aims to illustrate the richness and diversity of European heritage, including natural heritage, industrial heritage and intangible heritage, too. Special focus is given to over-looked and endangered heritage sites, as well as to civil society’s engagement in heritage at local and regional levels. Follow their social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook) to stay up-to-date with their stories and read the latest article on “Virtual Heritage: Responding to COVID-19”.
#Metkids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) has launched a digital feature made for, by and with kids. The initiative includes:
Follow the #MetKids hashtag on social media to stay up-to-date!
#QuarantineCultureTips - The European Cultural Foundation, based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), has been collecting plenty of online cultural initiatives aiming at expanding our world and using our imagination in other ways during the current pandemic. The list, including films to watch, art to see, music to listen to, as well as things to learn, is posted on their social media channels (Twitter), and on their website. Why not bringing international culture to your living room with Kulturama, a project by the Goethe Institute, or entertaining your children with Radio Minus, which puts together musical mixes from all countries, all styles, all eras, in short, music by and for children for any moment of the day?
Fun Museums - Check the Instagram account of Fun Museums to find inspiring stories written by Lana, a museum blogger, creative writer, sketch artist, and language enthusiast. Her stories promote slow, meaningful and fun visits to museums as a part of a broader slow travel idea along with sustainability. She thus highlights details about each heritage topic featured, to make both virtual and physical experience truly appealing and easily understandable to her audiences. Read her latest post on “Ancient Colours and the Colourful World”.
IMPORTANT: Do not forget to join & contribute to our conversation on social media with the hashtag #EuropaNostraAgora on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! We also invite you to follow the just-launched Twitter account of the European Heritage Alliance!
Webinar: “Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: a call to action!” - ICOMOS, the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) join forces to call for action regarding the preservation of collections in response to threats from climate change. A webinar will be live-streamed on 12 June 2020 from 14:30 to 15:30 (CET) with speakers from the three institutions, including:
  • Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network Secretariat and Chair of the Climate change working group of ICOMOS ;
  • Stephen Wyber, IFLA Policy and Advocacy Manager ;
  • Emilie Gagnet Leumas, Chair of the ICA Expert Group on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness ;
  • Anthea Seles (Chair of the panel), ICA Secretary General
The live stream can be followed on the ICA Facebook page. More information here.
EU-LAC Museums Project Webinars: Community-based Museums in Times of Crisis In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its catastrophic effect on museum and heritage communities, three webinars will be organised on the topic of community-based museums in times of crisis aiming at reinforcing cultural relations between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, in the frame of the Horizon2020 EU-LAC Museums project. Consisting of four or five speakers in each session, the online discussions, open to all, will be archived with subtitles in Spanish for future viewing. The first webinar will take place on Friday 12 June at 16:00 (UK BST). More information on the speakers and registration here. 
NEMO Webinar: The art of networking - Taking place on 24 June at 11:00 CEST, this free webinar will explore the benefits and challenges of museum networks by considering examples from the field. It will also offer practical guidelines on how to set up and coordinate such networks, especially when it comes to international collaboration. Anna Steinkamp, Project Facilitator, Network Strategist and Curator will facilitate the webinar. More information and registration here.
Handbook “Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections - Built upon years of experience and real-life situations, this handbook, coordinated by ICCROM and UNESCO, offers a field-tested, simple workflow for the emergency evacuation of valuable objects. A multi-purpose guide, it is created with a variety of users in mind, with simple language and layout intended for heritage personnel, emergency responders and civilians alike. It offers guidance on when and how to intervene to protect endangered heritage, its illustrations and charts helping readers to understand quickly and begin working. In crisis situations already underway, it is a fast and easy read that covers the emergency documentation of collections, safe transport and temporary storage. The publication is available in 10 languages and downloadable online here.
European Parliamentary Research Service: “Digital culture − Access issues” - The EPRS has published a briefing written by Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass, which focuses on the digital shift challenges for the cultural sector in Europe as well as its huge potential to facilitate and democratise access to cultural resources. The relationship between technology, science, the arts, and culture is becoming increasingly close in the digital era. In the briefing, you can read more on culture as a right and cross-area policy, culture and digital technologies, the use of the internet for cultural purposes, as well as EU actions supporting access to digital culture.
Manifesto for a cultural renaissance of the economy - In an oped published in several major newspapers, including "Le Monde" (France), “Corriere Della Serra” (Italy), and “El Pais” (Spain) leading architects, Nobel Prize winners, economic leaders and starred chefs launched an international appeal for a transformation of the world in which the economy fully integrates culture: "Despite its growing importance, culture has not been sufficiently considered as an ecosystem; it remains perceived from a collateral angle". In the article, the signatories express their concerns about our future following the coronavirus crisis, which they also see as an opportunity for change, and suggest solutions in their respective fields (such as architecture, sustainable development, digital culture and gastronomy).
Second meeting of the Commission's Expert Group on cultural heritage convened. The second meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on cultural heritage took place virtually on 9 and 10 June 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of 22 EU Member States; 3 Western Balkans Countries; 3 international organisations; 27 European organisations active in the field of culture and cultural heritage, including Europa Nostra; and 5 individuals appointed in their personal capacity. The aims of the meeting were to exchange views on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cultural heritage sector, including the post-crisis recovery and adaptation, as well as on the latest EU policy developments in the field. Europa Nostra was represented by its Secretary General Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, who actively contributed to the meeting and presented Europa Nostra’s latest updates, including the European Heritage Alliance Manifesto “Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe’; the “European Heritage Green Paper” which is being prepared in collaboration with ICOMOS; as well as the work carried out within the 7 Most Endangered Programme to protect Europe’s most vulnerable heritage sites.
At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee on 25 May, MEPs underlined that the Conference on the Future of Europe should start by September. The Conference, to be organised by the European Parliament, EU Council and European Commission, was expected to start in May 2020 and run for two years, but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MEPs highlighted the shortcomings of the EU and its Member States in relation to its uncoordinated response in times of crisis, making the need for reforms more crucial than ever. Citizen participation and the need for the Conference to be a bottom-up exercise with an open agenda were reiterated as core demands by all MEPs, many of whom advocated for the use of digital technology and remote participation tools during the pandemic.
Make culture count in foreign policy: EUNIC joint statement calls for continued support for cultural relations. The statement issued by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) on 8 June 2020 highlights the contribution cultural relations can bring to a post-crisis global society and their value for a friendly and peaceful foreign policy. EUNIC members call on all actors to put cultural relations at the core of our efforts to combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect culture from budget cuts in the post-crisis financial frameworks and EU budgets for culture to be substantially increased. Roberto Vellano, President of EUNIC, said: “We will emerge from this crisis in a healthy way if we put cultural relations at the heart of our efforts to overcome it. Culture can generate a spirit of dialogue and global solidarity. This is what we call to mind.” Read the full statement here.
Helping regions and cities fight coronavirus: Committee of the Regions launches COVID-19 exchange platform. To face the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, the Committee of the Regions, as the interface and reference point between the European Union and its local and regional governments, endo​rsed an Action plan on March 24 2020​​ to assist, inform, engage and represent regions and cities across Europe. Among other different measures, the Action Plan foresees the launch of an exchange platform to foster cooperation and facilitate mutual support between European cities and regions. Regional and local decision-makers and stakeholders are now invited to kick-off the exchange platform by sharing experiences, ideas, proposals or video messages. Browse stories by region in this interactive map and read the latest contributions here. Don’t forget to share your stories on social media using the #EuropeansAgainstCovid19 hashtag!
7 Most Endangered Programme 2021: Call for nominations launched! - Many heritage treasures all over Europe are threatened due to a large series of natural, man-made or climate change-related causes, particularly in these trying times. If you happen to know an important endangered heritage gem in Europe, you can nominate it for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021 with the support of an organisation in your country that is already a member of Europa Nostra or directly by joining our pan-European network, as a member or associate organisation or as a new individual member. Members of the European Heritage Alliance can also submit a nomination. For more information on this call for nominations, click here.
Germany - On 3 June, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a new bailout package of 130 billion euros, including 1 billion euros set aside for the culture industry under a programme called New Start for Culture. Funds will be widely distributed across cinemas, music clubs, memorials, museums, theaters, and festivals. 250 million euros will go to help cultural institutions reopen with new hygiene protocols. Some 30 million euros has been earmarked for galleries, cultural centers, and publishing. A further 150 million euros is allocated to digital projects, including at museums. Culture Minister Monika Grütters said in a statement: “A lot of institutions and artists have successfully found alternative digital routes to their audiences. We want to build on this momentum and strengthen it. In this area, the arts sector has an opportunity to come out of this crisis stronger than we went into it.” Read more here.
European Museum of the Year Award 2021 - The European Museum of the Year Award, run by the European Museum Forum, is the continent’s oldest and most prestigious museum prize. As many countries in Europe start to leave lockdown and to open up museums, the EMF has decided to go ahead with the competition for EMYA 2021. Recognising museums for their achievements in innovation and public quality seems more relevant than ever. Given the difficulties being experienced by museums, the application deadline is extended to 1 August 2020. Apply here.
2020 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management - This prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural management and cultural policy with an emphasis on its applied implications. The ENCATC Research Award also has the ambition to contribute to the process of creating a network of scholars who are competent in doing ground-breaking research projects in cultural policy and cultural management. Granted each year, the Award consists of the translation of the winning doctoral thesis into English and its publication in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series. Deadline: 7 July. More information on how to apply here.
European Youth Ideas: Europe after the pandemic: what is your vision? - The COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives and young people have been particularly impacted. The way we work, study, shop, travel, and think of health, relationships and leisure has been profoundly affected. With lockdown measures easing, it’s time to look ahead and think about how the “new normal” will impact all the different areas of young people’s lives - and how it should impact policy making in Europe. Share your ideas online by answering the following questions:
  • What are your ideas for the future of young people in Europe after the pandemic?
  • What can the European Parliament and its Members do to support young people in these times?
  • What is the role of young people in Europe’s recovery?
Civil Space Watch: Stories from the Lockdown - Activists, associations, movements or groups of citizens who are organising solidarity and civic contestation and making policy proposals to ensure that civic rights are at the centre of the response to the COVID-19 crisis are invited to submit their stories online. The jury from the European Civic Forum will pay particular attention to the following elements:
  1. the positive impact of their action on their communities as well as on the political and public life;
  2. the potential for positive spill-over effects in the aftermath of the crisis;
  3. the general state of civic space and fundamental rights in the European Union countries in which they operate.
Selected activists will be invited to a reward ceremony in Brussels in winter 2020, and their stories will be collected in the Activizenship #5 magazine. Deadline: 14 June. Fill in the application form here.
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