2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Copyright B. Borghese

- The European Year of Cultural Heritage kicked off with a ceremony that took place at the European Culture Forum in Milan.
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, who officially launched the event said: "Cultural heritage is at the heart of the European way of life. It defines who we are and creates a sense of belonging. Cultural heritage is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch. We need to preserve and treasure our cultural heritage for the next generations.”
The purpose of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage. With 453 inscribed sites, Europe as a region accounts for almost half of UNESCO's World Heritage List.