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REGISTER NOW to Follow the Livestream from Venice of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021

The European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 will take place from 21 to 24 September in the World Heritage City of Venice. The Summit will offer a platform to celebrate excellence in cultural heritage skills and to highlight the value of cultural heritage for a sustainable and inclusive recovery of Europe.

The Venice Summit is organised by Europa Nostra, during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the support of the European Union as well as in collaboration with other European and Italian partners. The Summit is held under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The Summit will mobilise - through in-person and online presence - representatives of the wider heritage community from across Europe and beyond, including civil society organisations; local, regional, national and European authorities; international organisations; policy-makers at all levels; young heritage professionals, students as well as heritage volunteers and enthusiasts.

Considering the limitations imposed by the current health crisis, the Venice Summit is organised in a hybrid format, bringing together a selected and limited number of stakeholders on-site while giving the opportunity to a wider audience to engage with the event virtually, as the main events will be livestreamed via

In order to participate virtually in the Venice Summit, you are required to register. Registration is simple and free-of-charge.

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The main events of the Summit that will be livestreamed are:

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

11.00 - 11.45 Press Conference
Venue: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square
With the participation of high-level representatives from Europa Nostra and its main Italian NGO partner based in Venice - the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice

11.50 - 12.15 “Ringing the Bells for Peace & Heritage”
Venues: Venice, including St. Mark’s square, and heritage sites across Europe
This initiative will mark the UN International Day of Peace and the launch of the Venice Summit, stressing the pivotal role of the safeguarding of cultural heritage for peace building and vice-versa. This initiative will also seek to underpin our wake-up-call to ensure a sustainable future for Venice and its Lagoon, and for other endangered heritage sites in Europe and beyond.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

10.00 - 12.45 | 13.30 - 15.00
“Endangered Venice & its Lagoon: How to Build Back Better?”

Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Italian

This initiative is organised by the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice in collaboration with Europa Nostra and with the contribution of other Italian member organisations of Europa Nostra and local NGOs concerned. It will provide a platform for heritage, civic, academic and economic voices to propose constructive, feasible and concrete solutions for a more sustainable future for Venice. It will also seek to lay the foundations for a wider European response and joint action to save Venice & its Lagoon, which Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute declared - already in 2016 - as THE most endangered heritage site in Europe.

18.30 - 20.00 HIGH-QUALITY BAUKULTUR! A high-level Debate on Baukultur
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Italian

This event is organised by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in collaboration with Europa Nostra, as a contribution to the dissemination of the Davos Baukultur Quality Principles. The Ministerial panel will be composed of Mr. Alain Berset, Swiss Federal Councillor for Home Affairs, Ms. Anne Katrin Bohle, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, and Ms. Isabel Pardo de Vera, Spanish State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. The Ministerial talk will be introduced by a keynote speech by Sir David Chipperfield, world-renowned architect and winner of a EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award as well as of two European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

17.00 - 19.00 European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2021
Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation
Simultaneous interpretation in English and Italian

The ceremony is co-hosted by the European Commission and Europa Nostra to celebrate the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 and of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2021. During the ceremony, the four Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among this year’s 24 winning achievements from 18 European countries, will be announced.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will include a video message by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and an address by Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra. It will be accompanied by a musical programme performed by musicians of our trusted European partner the European Union Youth Orchestra. The masters of ceremony are Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, and Alberto Toso Fei, renowned Italian journalist, writer and historian.

Friday, 24 September 2021

09.30 - 13.00 | 14.00 - 16.00
European Heritage Policy Agora “From the New European Bauhaus to the New European Renaissance”

Venue: Giorgio Cini Foundation
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Italian

The European Heritage Policy Agora, organised in partnership with the European Union, will bring together policy-makers at all levels as well as key heritage stakeholders in a series of high-level debates on the most topical issues for the cultural heritage ecosystem in Europe. The Policy Agora is a contribution to the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra is a civil society partner. It is based on the firm conviction that, while we jointly promote a New European Bauhaus, we also ought to aspire to a New European Renaissance: one shall indeed lead to the other. The Agora also coincides with and contributes to another citizen-driven initiative launched by the EU institutions, namely the Conference on the Future of Europe. As such, it is a unique occasion to discuss and demonstrate the role of cultural heritage in achieving all the policy priorities of the EU.

The Agora will be introduced by Mr. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament (video message); Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission; Mr. Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture;
Dr. Vasko Simoniti, Slovenian Minister of Culture and Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers; as well as Ms. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission and Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

For the full programme of the Agora, see here.


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