Europa Nostra
#16 - 24 July 2020
Dear Colleagues & Friends,
On Tuesday, after the longest European Council ever, EU leaders reached a historic agreement on a €1 824.3 billion package for Europe’s recovery and revival, with increased support for Europe’s social cohesion and resilience through a green and digital transition.This agreement is captured in the European Council Conclusions which were adopted on 21 July 2020. Europa Nostra welcomed this package, combining the “Next Generation EU” Recovery Fund and the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027, as a step in the right direction and a very positive signal to our citizens and to the world.
On this occasion, Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra, has recorded a special video message for our Agora in which he reflects on the European Council outcomes.
The new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the next seven years amounts to €1 074.3 billion. Reinforced by “Next Generation EU”, it will also be the main instrument to ensure Europe’s socio-economic recovery. Europa Nostra acknowledges a slight increase of the Creative Europe programme budget (2021-2027), which amounts to €1,64 billion compared to €1,46 billion for the period 2014-2020 and remains in line with the proposal made in 2018 by the European Commission. Although this does not come close to the doubling of the budget for which we have actively campaigned, together with other European networks in the wider fields of culture and heritage and with the European Parliament, we can be satisfied that no budget cuts were made to this vital programme supporting European cooperation related to the cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage. This is a non-negligible achievement in comparison to other priority areas - such as innovation, research or education - which have seen their budgets decrease. We however hope that these budget cuts will be eliminated in the final text of the MFF thanks to the strong support of the European Parliament for these programmes which are considered as vital investment in Europe’s talents and young generation.
The “Next Generation EU” recovery package amounts to €750 billion as initially proposed by the European Commission last May. This package includes €390 billion in grants to Member States and €360 billion in loans. For the very first time, the European Commission will be able to borrow money directly on the financial markets. This unprecedented Recovery Programme has potential relevance for the heritage sector with a special emphasis on the ReactEU instrument (€47,5 billion), which will enable heritage organisations, public and private, as well as heritage sites to secure financing at national, regional and local level. It is therefore essential to mobilise the heritage movement at all levels to ensure that the heritage sector and industry duly benefit from these funds.
Europa Nostra applauds that 30% of the total expenditure will target climate-related projects and that investments will be made on the condition of respect for the rule of law. We must make sure that the cultural heritage world and our shared European values, which lie at the core of the European project, are duly included in these major actions.
Yesterday, the European Parliament assessed the recovery package during an extraordinary plenary session. In a resolution, which serves as a mandate for the upcoming budget negotiations, MEPs positively welcomed the recovery package, but also deplored the significant cuts made to future-oriented programmes such as the Flagship EU programmes for culture, education, youth, research or climate protection. With the view to the forthcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (presided by Germany until the end of 2020), Europa Nostra applauds the position of the European Parliament and calls on MEPS to capitalise on the essential role of culture, cultural heritage and education for Europe and its citizens to secure higher investments in the Creative Europe, Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes in the new MFF.
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On behalf of the Europa Nostra Agora Team,
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović
Secretary General
ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2020 - The European Commission and the ILUCIDARE Consortium, including Europa Nostra, announced last May the 6 shortlisted projects for the very first edition of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes selected within the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020! On 16 July, representatives of the shortlisted projects, which are outstanding examples of heritage-led innovation and international relations, were invited to a virtual meeting. Following introductions by the European Commission, the ILUCIDARE Consortium and the ILUCIDARE Jury, the shortlisted projects were then invited to speak about what being shortlisted for the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes means to them, what they expect from joining the ILUCIDARE community, and to share their message for Europe. Read more here.
The Netherlands: Anne Frank House VR - The tour, launched by Anne Frank House, Force Field VR and Oculus, gives a uniquely immersive experience of the hiding place of Anne Frank and the seven other people in the Secret Annex. In the tour all the rooms of the Secret Annex are furnished in the style of the time spent in hiding. Force Field VR has used the latest VR visualisation technology in combination with intensive manual work to arrive at a photorealistic result, all on the basis of extensive historical research. The tour lasts for around 25 minutes, is available in seven languages and can be downloaded free of charge from the Oculus Store. This project was submitted for the Heritage in Motion Awards in 2018.
Virtual Heritage & Wellbeing - This research from the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage will seek to:
  • Evaluate how engagement with virtual heritage sites can impact visitor wellbeing
  • Understand how different types of virtual heritage sites and diverse demographics of visitors positively and/or negatively impact on subjective wellbeing
  • Identify what elements of virtual heritage provide the greatest positive change to wellbeing
  • Compare the impact of virtual heritage to that of in-person heritage experiences on wellbeing
The research can be completed by anyone: after having visited one or more of the suggested museums and their collections, participants are invited to fill-in the related survey. More information here.
Greece: Epidaurus Festival Online - The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the foremost public cultural organisation in Greece and one of the oldest active festivals in Europe, which was held exclusively at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus until 2005. Spanning 65 years, the Festival has welcomed some of the greatest music, dance and theatre artists of the international and local scene, attracting large audiences from around the world. Drawing on this rich audiovisual footage, the Festival responded to the initiative of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports “We Stay at Home with Culture” by providing free online streaming of memorable performances and concerts that have left their mark on the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in recent years. These festival performances can be watched on YouTube. You can also discover the rich programme of the Festival taking place until 15 August.
European Union Youth Orchestra: Digital Summer Residency 2020 - The Digital Summer Residency 2020 will run between 19 July and 7 August. Using the EUYO’s newly launched EUYOdigital platform, musicians will take part in activities including sectional masterclasses with world-class EUYO tutors and EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, numerous well-being sessions, special workshops with the EUYO Digital Gallery Orchestra, and debate with artists in live hangouts. Composer in Residence Hannah Kendall will work with the Orchestra on a number of issues. A selection of events, including meetings with guests such as Norman Lebrecht, novelist and commentator on music and cultural affairs, and acclaimed conductors Marin Alsop and Antonio Pappano to discuss the future of orchestras, will be made available live on EUYO's YouTube channel, Facebook page and this page. 
National Heritage Week: In celebration of Ireland’s cultural and natural heritage the National Heritage Week will be held on 15-23 August with many related projects. Among them is Lockdown Longford Lore, a project to use Cáit Ní Bhradáigh’s archived collection of folklore. Taking snippers of Cáit’s collection (“proverbs, sayings & cures”), Lockdown Longford Lore invites you to respond to this “lore’ with photos, art, digital mashups, memes and more to create a modern reinterpretation of Irish folklore. You can participate and will soon be able to find examples by following the #lockdownlore hashtag. More information here. You can also follow the larger project through #HeritageWeek2020.
Acropolis Museum Instagram: The Acropolis Museum of Athens features a 9 part series as part of the #StaySafe with the exhibits of the Acropolis Museum campaign, in which an artifact or statue features in a post with a description. Dive into Ancient Greek history from the comfort of your phone with these 9 artifacts at @theacropolismuseum.
#WhyIMake: The “Why I Make” series is an initiative on behalf of the British Council and British Council Arts for their Crafting Futures programme. This series aims to celebrate traditional crafts and art from all around the globe by hearing the stories of the master artisans. The themes range from Batik practice in Malaysia to traditional glassblowing in the UK. These informative and personal videos can be found through the hashtag #WhyIMake and #CraftingFuture.
#HeritageForAll: This initiative founded in April 2017 mainly focuses on the heritage and/or museum management and conservation. It shares internationally up-to-date aspects in relation to heritage conservation, site management, and museology with the young professional within its virtual platform as well as a group of capacity building activities. These activities are often opened to all interested people from all educational backgrounds and from various age groups as well. You can review, follow up and join the activities mainly via the Facebook page as well as other channels on ISSUU - YouTube - LinkedIn - Instagram.
Social Media as Engagement Instrument for Cultural Heritage Institutions - The Common Culture project is organising a webinar in cooperation with Europeana, focused on the use of social media as an engagement instrument for cultural heritage institutions on 27 October 2020 (15:00-16:30 CET). To better address the needs and interests of our audience, the organisers have prepared a short survey to identify what should be the main topics to be addressed in the webinar. You can register for the webinar here.
IMPORTANT: Do not forget to join & contribute to our conversation on social media with the hashtag #EuropaNostraAgora on Twitter, Instagram and FacebookWe also invite you to watch our #TakeoverTuesdays Instagram stories with laureates of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020.
Webinar: 'How and why to nominate a site for the 7 Most Endangered 2021', 30 July 2020 at 17:00 - Are you interested in applying for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021? Then, join the Europa Nostra webinar on Thursday 30 July 2020 from 17:00 to 18:00 (CEST). During this webinar, Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra, and Sara Zanini, European Project Officer, will give a short presentation on why and how to submit your nomination for the next edition of the programme. The webinar will explain the background of the 7 Most Endangered Programme and will provide practical information and tips on how to prepare and submit your nominations. Participants will have some time to ask questions at the end of the event. Interested participants are invited to register at this link by Tuesday 28 July 2020. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar. Read more about the Call for Nominations.
Save the date: Virtual European Research and Innovation Days organised by the European Commission on 22-24 September. The European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. With our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape, research and innovation will be key to ensure that the transition to a post-corona society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient. The interactive sessions will let participants provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help propel Europe's recovery and pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future. The event will take place virtually on 22-24 September 2020. Check the website for more details. Information about the programme and registrations will be available soon.
EUNIC Online Talk “Cultural Relations and Covid-19” - How can the cultural relations sector combat the negative effects of the corona pandemic? How can advocacy for culture in foreign policy be strengthened? In this talk held on 15 July 2020, cultural managers from five different countries engaged in a discussion with representatives from EU institutions and the sector. The meeting was opened with a statement by Roberto Vellano, EUNIC president, introducing the learnings from a survey EUNIC has conducted among its 36 EUNIC members. The survey researched how the crisis has affected the sector and what members in headquarters and in local branches project as the long-term consequences. He also presented the EUNIC Statement that was published on 8 June 2020, recommending all actors of cultural relations to invest in culture in foreign policy, to engage in a joint approach to cultural relations, and to support local cultural sectors worldwide. The recording of the debate is accessible on YouTube and a summary is available on EUNIC website.
ALIPH: Repository of e-learning resources on the protection of cultural heritage - ALIPH (the International Alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas) has compiled a reference repository of e-learning resources available from the web. These include online courses (MOOCs), tutorials, webinars, lectures and more. Selected e-learning is provided by leading institutions and experts worldwide. They include a broad variety of concepts on the protection of cultural heritage, with a focus on conflict regions. For all resources links are provided to original web repositories. They include online platforms as well as institutional websites.
ICOMOS Training Course “Heritage Communities and Human Rights” - ICOMOS “Our Common Dignity” Working Group is inviting heritage experts, community leaders, and graduate students from Europe and around the world to the training course “Heritage Communities and Human Rights” which will be held on 2-5 September in Estonia and online. The training course focuses on community-based heritage protection and the theory and application of human rights-based approaches in the heritage field. The course combines theoretical approaches with learning from practice involving field visits in Estonia as well as an exchange among participants. All participants are requested to prepare a brief note discussing challenges and dilemmas in their academic or expert work related to the focus themes of the training course. Application deadline: 31 July. More information here.
EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the pandemic. During the special European Council held in Brussels from 17 to 21 July 2020, EU leaders reached a deal on a comprehensive package of €1 824.3 billion which combines the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Next Generation EU recovery instrument. This agreement is captured in the European Council Conclusions which were adopted on 21 July 2020. Following the special meeting, European Council President Charles Michel said ‘We have reached a deal on the recovery package and the European budget. These were, of course, difficult negotiations in very difficult times for all Europeans. A marathon which ended in success for all 27 member states, but especially for the people. This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe, right now.’ The Council will now seek the consent of the European Parliament with a view to ensuring the finalisation of the budget and the recovery instrument.
HRH Princess Laurentien and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel address in a joint article the role that art and culture can play in Europe’s recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. On 13 July, HRH Princess Laurentien, President of the European Cultural Foundation, and Commissioner Gabriel issued a joint article in the Financieel Dagblad emphasizing the importance of culture for the reconstruction of Europe after the COVID-19 crisis. ‘Culture is the glue that can keep society together’ says Princess Laurentien. Commissioner Gabriel emphasizes the economic importance of the cultural sector, accounting for 4% of the European economy and for 7 million jobs. Commissioner Gabriel also calls on 1.5% of the corona repair fund to be distributed through grants for the cultural and creative industries. Read the English translation here. 
Declaration of the #CohesionAlliance 2.0 for a cohesive, sustainable and resilient Europe is now open for signatures. On 9 May, the European Committee of the Regions and the #CohesionAlliance partner organisations launched a joint consultation on a renewed Declaration in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in view of the negotiations on the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the EU Recovery Plan. After a wide consultation among interested organisations, institutions and individuals, a final version of the Declaration was adopted on 14 July. The new text will be presented to EU leaders in view of the final deal and an inter-institutional agreement on the 2021-2027 MFF. The Declaration exists in 23 ​languages and is now open for signatures. The Alliance is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy ought to be a pillar of the EU's future. It was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. Read more here.
The European Commission launches public consultation on the upcoming European Democracy Action Plan – EDAP. Through this consultation, the European Commission seeks to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders on the Action Plan which will be presented towards the end of 2020. The aim of the European Democracy Action Plan is to ensure that citizens are able to participate in the democratic system through informed decision-making. The Commission has started the preparation of the Action Plan and would like to consult the public on three key themes: 1) Election integrity and how to ensure electoral systems are free and fair; 2) Strengthening media freedom and media pluralism; 3) Tackling disinformation. The consultation is open until 15 September. Citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Respond to the questionnaire here.
Guidelines for Sustainable Cultural Tourism – newly released publication by Heritage Europe and the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). The publication invites decision-makers to rethink the possibilities of change for all negative impacts of mass tourism in World Heritage cities in a post-COVID 19 time. ‘These guidelines show how decision-makers can assess their current approach and begin to scope a clear plan of action for a better, more sustainable and resilient future. The Covid 19 pandemic presents them, and all of us, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to rise to that challenge and ensure the pandemic cloud can indeed have a silver lining’ say the two authors of the paper; Brian Smith, Secretary General of Heritage Europe, and Matthias Ripp, OWHC Regional Coordinator for Northwest Europe and North America. Read the publication here.
UK: Heritage Emergency Fund - The Heritage Fund is providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels during this difficult time.
  • Emergency grants of £3,000 to £50,000: This grant level is for essential costs for the next 4 months to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable. This level of funding may also include some costs that help organisations look towards longer-term recovery.
  • Emergency grants of £50,000 to £250,000: This grant level aims to help organisations that manage a heritage asset that is at risk over the next 4 months. This can include immediate costs, as well as costs to help organisations look towards longer-term recovery. Support will focus on heritage that we have significantly funded in the past, and that can demonstrate the vital contribution it has made to local communities.
Deadline: 31 July.
Trans Europe Halles Startup Support Programme 2020-2021 - Trans Europe Halles calls for emerging civic initiatives with a focus on arts, culture and creativity that are located in repurposed buildings to participate in the fourth edition of the Startup Support Programme. Within the Startup Support Programme, TEH carefully looks at the challenges each project is having and sets up a tailor-made scheme to move towards a sustainable future. This year is focusing on Cyprus, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, which have both the tradition and the potential for many inspiring cultural centres and creative hubs – even though we all have to reinvent those places in times of COVID-19. Since 2017, the Startup Support Programme has invested in bringing emerging cultural and creative spaces to their next level of development through expert consultation, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, networking activities, capacity Building Programme and inspirational case studies. More information here.
European Commission (DG EAC): Tender “Implementing Steps to Develop and Promote European Music Export” - The purpose of this tender is to generate knowledge and spread understanding about as well as explore new approaches for the export of European music by piloting some actions of the strategy. The results will inform possible future actions to implement the sectoral support for music and international dimension of the future Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. The implementation of the activities of this tender is expected to take place in a post-Covid-19 environment and therefore take into consideration the feasible options and potential limitations related to it. Deadline: 14 September. More information here.
Call for Papers: new approaches to enriching digitized heritage - On 23-24 November 2020, the international online conference Collect & Connect will focus on the challenges libraries, archives and museums encounter in annotating and enriching digitized heterogeneous collections with contextual information. The conference aims to promote exchange and discussion between researchers and heritage professionals in the field of digital natural and cultural heritage collections. The conference is hosted by the Dutch national museum of natural history Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, together with the universities of Leiden, Groningen and Twente, the Dutch Science Foundation NWO and Brill Publishers and is supported by the Rijksmuseum. Collect & Connect welcomes papers that present, discuss, and reflect upon the technical, social, and institutional challenges related to contextualizing and networking such collections. Deadline: 11 September. More information here.
VAHA Call for Applications: Building Common Ground for Spaces of Public Discussion & Dialogue - VAHA (meaning “oasis” in Turkish) is a two-year programme made with and for the empowered voices of independent arts and culture spaces, advocating for public discussion and dialogue in cities across Turkey, Europe, and their neighbouring countries. VAHA will connect and enable up to 50 independent arts and culture spaces and organisations for public programming to shape 16 local hubs interconnected within an international solidarity network. Each hub partnership convenes up to three existing spaces, established in one of the selected cities across Turkey (Ankara, Diyarbakır, Eskişehir, İstanbul, Antalya, Mersin), or set in another area of Europe and its neighbouring countries. Eight selected hubs from Turkey and eight hubs from other countries will first get the opportunity to develop pilot actions within their own environments. Deadline: 14 September. More information here.
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