Also known as EHDs, the European Heritage Days are the most widely celebrated events in the continent. The European Commission and the Council of Europe have come up with the joint initiative to promote the cultural events where pan-European citizens participate. The idea behind organizing the celebration is to bring the European citizens and foreign visitors together and highlight European dimension so that people get to know about the value of European cultural heritage within fifty signatory states participating in European Cultural Convention.
Every year, over seventy thousand diverse events regarding cultural heritage are organized to create awareness of the common heritage of Europe, the inevitable need of heritage protection from man-made and natural causes and to create heritage experiences which can be shared by one and all. In this way, the European Heritage Day not only promotes inclusiveness but also fosters imagination and creativity. People can discover the cultural heritage sites and be engaged with them, thereby, feeling a sense of importance in the common space of Europe.
Let’s check out some of the highlights of the European Heritage Days celebrations –
Ardgillan Castle Tours
Located in Dublin-Fingal, the guided tours to Ardgillan Castle take place from 11 AM till 4 PM. Each tour lasts for an hour and at free of cost throughout the Heritage Week. Visitors can learn about the castle history and its preservation initiatives while being enchanted with the view of the rolling grasslands, manicured gardens, mixed woodlands abundant in mammals and birds and the Mourne Mountains beyond the Irish Sea.
Genova Historical Itineraries And Links Between Music And Poetry
On 22nd September at the twelfth century Commenda di Pre Complex, the show took place from 4 PM. In collaboration with Mu.MA –Sea and Migration Museums Institution, the event tries to offer unpublished and suggestive portrayal of Genova along with its cultural and historical ties with testimonies of participation of Chios artists. Apart from poetic recitations, parades with periodic costumes and performances by renowned musical artists were the attractions. This was quite significant for the theme of Voices of Culture and Heritage. Know more about Voices of Culture And Heritage themes.
Coloring Competition At Waterford City & County Library Service
The European Heritage Day not only created events for adults but also for kids visiting the Waterford City and County Library. The kids were invited to paint pictures of any historic building or any historic character, in way, making them aware of the European Heritages. The pictures were on display at the library throughout the Heritage Week and the winners were awarded small prizes.
Pop Up Gaeltacht
At the Buswells Hotel, the staff and enthusiast of Gaelic language Vicki Cahill launched the Pop Up Gaeltacht which is centered on encouraging use of Irish language for daily life. The attendees were introduced with the Gaelic League, established in 1893, by enthusiasts of Gaelic culture and language such as Eoin MacNeill. No matter how excellent or poor someone’s Irish is, everybody was welcome in this event.
Apart from this, the visit to Elysee Palace, discovering Sorbonne University, vintage photo session on a vintage bus, concerts at Musee de la Musique etc are quite significant.