The European Year for Cultural Heritage/EYCH aims at promoting Europe’s cultural heritage as a common resource. It intends to raise awareness on history and shared values and to strengthen a sense of belonging to a common European space. Cultural Heritage is also a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors. It plays an important role in creating and enhancing Europe's social inclusion, regional cooperation and development, innovation, competitiveness and new skills.
Regions are key players in achieving the EYCH objectives because they are closer to citizens. Regions can be proactive in the promotion of cultural heritage, acting as a catalyst for creativity, competitiveness, innovation, new skills for young generation, inclusion, sustainability and protection. Finally, regions can also strengthen cultural heritage as a pivotal element of international relations.
This event is organized by RICC (Regional Initiative for culture and creativity) in collaboration with EU institutions and other EU networks.
Driven by regional Brussels delegations, RICC provides regional governments with a common platform having the objective to advocate on cultural and creative regional policies, participate in EU funding programmes and work under the “S3” guidance. RICC is co-chaired by Basque Country, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Emilia-Romagna.