The European Cultural Heritage Summit with the motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, took place from 18-24 June 2018 in the capital of Germany, Berlin and brought together a wide range of representatives of cultural heritage institutions, universities, museums and cultural entrepreneurs from across Europe. Regional authorities, members of regional and national parliaments and representatives of European Union institutions also participated in the event. The Summit, co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), aimed to promote an ambitious European Agenda and Action Plan for Cultural Heritage as a legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Numerous events took place in Berlin among which Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform's Workshop, “Cultural heritage for sustainable development in cities and regions in Europe” that was part of the Programme of the Summit. The highlights of the programme included the heritage excellence fair, high-level policy debate on Europe and cultural heritage, award-giving ceremony for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2018, etc. The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission had the opportunity to share their achievements in the conservation, research, education, training and awareness-raising in the field of cultural heritage at the Heritage Excellence Fair.
The “Berlin Call to action, Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe” was presented at the end of the Summit by the three co-hosting organisations. The document contributes to the "New European Agenda for Culture" proposed in May 2018 by the European Commission, and calls “Member states, regions and cities in Europe to continue to develop holistic and ambitious policy and action plans for cultural heritage”.
The European Cultural Heritage Summit has been recognised by the European Union as one of the key public events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Throughout 2018, a series of initiatives and events are organised across Europe at EU, national, regional and local levels to enable citizens to become more engaged with Europe’s diverse cultural heritage. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.