To mark the closure of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) a Closing Conference entitled #EuropeForCulture was organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference focused on presenting the many activities that were implemented and contributed to raising awareness, disseminating good practices and promoting policy debate, and supporting research and innovation on cultural heritage. The main focus of the conference was the legacy of the EYCH 2018 and how ideas can be further developed and integrated into cultural policies.

Activating cultural heritage in Interreg

Within this closing conference Interact organised a networking event for Interreg programmes and projects. The event, ‘Activating cultural heritage in Interreg’, took place on 5 December 2018 in Vienna, and was an opportunity for exchanging insights with other Interreg programmes on cultural heritage, as well as to facilitate links to additional funding opportunities and cooperation mechanisms with other European and international organisations.

The topics addressed during panel discussion were linked to the importance of cultural heritage as an economic asset, and how cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes can contribute to better cultural heritage policies.

Discussion was also held on how to use cultural heritage to trigger and facilitate improvements in other sectors. Additionally, it covered cultural heritage in the context of macro-regional cooperation as well as how it is tackled in ESPON projects. 

The event was an opportunity to present the services of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform and the key thematic issues addressed by Interreg projects on cultural heritage.


One of the highlights of the Interact event was the presentation on the cultural heritage e-book developed by Interact and the European Commission Directorate - General for Regional and Urban Policy.  Already presented in a draft version during a workshop on cultural heritage organised by Interreg Europe Policy learning platform in spring 2018, the publication features examples of successful Interreg projects on cultural heritage that have been labelled under EYCH 2018.

Among these there are several projects on cultural heritage supported by the Interreg Europe Programme (CHRISTA, SHARE, Cult-RinG, Green Pilgrimage, CRinMA, CD-ETA, CREADIS3 and CRE:HUB). The Interact e-book was officially presented at the kick-off workshop organised as part of European Week of Regions and Cities on 10 October 2018. To learn more about Interreg cultural heritage projects you can browse through the interactive e-book.

The event also included a networking cocktail exhibition which showcased how cultural heritage is activated and explored in the Interreg world.

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