European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018


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Throughout 2018, that was declared a European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), diverse cultural heritage across Europe was celebrated at the European, national, regional and local level. Under the slogan "Our heritage: where the past meets the future" thousands of activities took place across Europe to involve people more closely with cultural heritage.

Each Member State has appointed a National Coordinator to implement the year and coordinate events and projects at local, regional and national level. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia has actively taken part, in collaboration with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia.

Cultural heritage in various forms

The European Commission highlights the diversity of cultural heritage that comes in many shapes and forms:

  • tangible heritage (buildings, monuments, artefacts, clothing, artwork, books, machines, historic towns, archaeological sites);
  • intangible heritage (practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills, also languages and oral traditions, performing arts, social practices and traditional craftsmanship);
  • natural heritage (landscapes, flora and fauna);
  • digital heritage (resources such as digital art or animation, also digitalised texts, images, videos, and other records).

The EYCH 2018 programme in Slovenia

The European Year of Cultural Heritage cultural events were launched on 3 December 2017 with This Merry Day of Culture events. In April 2018 the Cultural Bazaar, an annual event that stimulates arts & cultural education was focused on cultural heritage. The Republic of Slovenia proposed the proclamation of World Bee Day to the United Nations, and on 20 May 2018 the first the World Bee Day was celebrated in Slovenia and worldwide.

The European Cultural Heritage Days and the Cultural Heritage Week took place in September 2018, organised by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. After the EYCH wrap-up events around This Merry Day of Culture on 3 December 2018, the National Conference on Arts and Culture Education in Cultural Heritage is organised in Ljubljana.

A few central events were complemented with countless events organized by museums, galleries and other cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations to encourage active dialogue about the role of cultural heritage in the future.

The EU supported project REFRESH

The REFRESH cooperation project led by the Slovene Association of Historic Towns got the Creative Europe support related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. During the "Refresh heritage weeks" young artists "refreshed" the selected 8 cultural heritage sites (Iasi (RO), Cellino Attanasio (IT), Murcia (ES), in Ptuj and Novo mesto in Slovenia). In June young artists created new dance and video works in Novo mesto, in July the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art in Ptuj hosted a group of visual artists and exhibited their new site specific works, in September musical workshops took place in italy and Romania.

Slovene Association of Historic Towns (logo) Refresh project.jpg


The spirit of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 in Slovenia is promoted and personified by its ambassadors, Igor Saksida, the university professor of literature history, and Rok Terkaj – Trkaj, a rap artist. Their book and music album Kla Kla klasika (Cla Cla Classics) mint new rhymes from classical Slovene poetry in contemporary hip-hop rhythms.

Cultural heritage on portal

The portal presents the field of Heritage in three sections: Intangible heritage, Monuments & sites and Museums, complemented with the Libraries and Archives, while the field of Arts is divided into the 9 disciplines that present contemporary creation, from Architecture and Design, via Music, Theatre and Literature to the New media and Visual arts.

The documentation of the contemporary artistic practices in Slovenia in the Photo Gallery has become part of the portal, next to the images related to monuments, museums, or intangible heritage.

Eurobarometer on Europeans and cultural heritage

The first EU-wide survey on the topic of Cultural Heritage was conducted to assesses the attitudes and opinions of people in the EU on cultural heritage. Below you can find the link to the online version.

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