Meeting of the Europa Nostra Council at the ICC

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On May 8-10, 2022, the International Cultural Centre hosts representatives of the Europa Nostra Council, a pan-European organisation working to protect and promote cultural heritage.

The meeting of the Europa Nostra Council, with the participation of Professor Hermann Parzinger, Executive President of Europa Nostra, is devoted to the most important projects implemented by EN in 2022. One of the key elements is the meeting between Professor Parzinger and the Mayor of the City of Krakow, Professor Jacek Majchrowski, organised in connection with the signing of an agreement regarding the support of the City of Krakow for the launch and operation of Europa Nostra Heritage Hub in Krakow.

 

The ICC has been an associate member of Europa Nostra almost since the beginning of its existence. As early as May 1995, the ICC hosted the Europa Nostra Congress, which was held for the first time in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Professor Jacek Purchla, the founder and long-term director of the ICC, acts as the vice-president of EN.

 

Europa Nostra has been an important partner in ICC’s initiatives. The project "Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe", developed in 2013-2015, marked a milestone of this collaboration, concluding with a published report on the role and impact of cultural heritage on socio-economic development, culture, and the natural environment. The publication of the report undoubtedly influenced the European Commission’s announcement of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra was a guest and speaker at conferences organised by the ICC, such as the 6. Heritage Forum of Central Europe and the European Heritage Label. Changes, challenges, perspectives. Another joint initiative was the ILUCIDARE project, exploring two areas of interdependence between heritage and innovation, as well as heritage and diplomacy.

 

"Being a member of Europa Nostra and undertaking joint projects is a strategically important part of the ICC's activities. Thanks to this partnership, the voice of Poland, and Central Europe in general, can be heard in European discussions on the role and significance of cultural heritage, which is absolutely crucial in the context of Russia's aggression against independent Ukraine", stresses Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, director of the ICC.

 

Europa Nostrais a pan-European federation of heritage NGOs, supported by a network of public institutions, private companies, and individuals. The federation, which embraces more than 40 European countries, is the voice of civil society for the protection and promotion of Europe's cultural and natural heritage. Founded in 1963, it is today recognised as the most representative cultural heritage network in Europe. The International Cultural Centre has been its active member almost from the very beginning of its activity. The most important Europa Nostra projects include the "Europa Nostra Award" – the most prestigious European prize, annually awarded by the European Commission in areas related to the broadly understood protection of cultural heritage. The ICC actively supports these activities by engaging in the promotion of the Awards and the process of evaluation of submitted applications.

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