THE 2018 EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

In 2018, The EU will celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). The year will be marked by events and initiatives across Europe to encourage people to explore and debate Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage (tangible, intangible, natural, digital and all types of cultural activities): celebrate, understand and protect its unique value and reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in European citizens’ lives.

How to be involved

Participation is open to any cultural group (civic, education, heritage etc.) and can be as simple as promoting an activity that you have already planned, adding something new to an existing programme of activities, or creating a new activity altogether.

THE MAIN CRITERIA: the activity must have a European dimension, raise awareness of the importance and value of cultural heritage and engage with people.

FOUR MAIN OBJECTIVES – TEN INITIATIVES   Your project must respond to one or more of the initiatives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

There are different levels of participation in this programme following the four main objectives and ten initiatives, as well as the main criteria of this programme: the activity must have a European dimension, raise awareness of the importance an value of cultural heritage and engage with people.

Level 1: promote an already planned project, event, activity or programme that meets the criteria; that activity
can officially be part of 2018 EYCH.
Level 2: add an extra project, event, activity or programme to an existing one in which at least the extra activity
meets the criteria; that extra activity can officially be part of 2018 EYCH, and the series may qualify.
Level 3: create a new dedicated project, event, activity or programme that meets the criteria; that activity can
officially be part of 2018 EYCH.

However, inclusion in the programme must be checked and authorised by the National Co-ordinator by submitting an application giving details of the activity you are proposing, as well as your contact details. Once eligibility is confirmed the entry will appear in the online Diary and will be publicised with the official European 2018 EYCH branding.

What are the benefits to be involved

1.- Raising the profile of your group and activities to a wider and even international audience.

2.- Opportunity to engage with people from a wide cultural background.

3.- Sharing learning and best practice with others.

4.- Encouraging young people to participate and care for their heritage.

5.- Opening up heritage careers to future generations.

6.- Possibility to apply for European Funding towards your activity.

7.- Using the 2018 EYCH brand in promotional activities, to engage with the widest possible audience. 

How to get the 2018 EYCH brand

In line with Decision (EU) 2017/864 the following activities are eligible:

• initiatives and events to promote debate and raise awareness of the importance and value of cultural heritage and to facilitate engagement with citizens and stakeholders;
• information, exhibitions, education and awareness-raising campaigns
• the sharing of experience and good practices of national, regional and local administrations and other organisations, and the dissemination of information
• the undertaking of studies and research and innovation activities and the dissemination of their results on a European or national scale;
the promotion of projects and networks connected to the European Year, including via the media and social networks.

More concretely, the activities can include, for example cultural events or performances, media events launch events, exhibitions, shows; information, education or awareness-raising campaigns; festivals, including film festivals; conferences, symposia, fora, debates; studies, surveys; training/ workshops; research activities; visits and exchanges; as well as digital projects. This list is not exhaustive.

Funding

Although no funding is available from UK government, you can apply to the Creative Europe programmes and other European Sources:

Eligible projects for Call EACEA 32/2017                Deadline: 18/01/2018
Eligible projects for Call EACEA 35/2017                Deadline: 22/11/2017