Brussels, 26 June 2018

Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future

In the context of our work in the field of Culture with different clients and partners' organisations active in the sector, we attended the High Level conference held at the European Parliament on 26 June “Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future”.

 

The conference, organised at the initiative of Parliament President Antonio Tajani and in close cooperation with the culture committee, chaired by Petra Kammerevert, took place in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 which aims to raise awareness and involve citizens more closely in cultural heritage at local, regional, national and European levels.To mark the year thousands of activities are taking place across Europe to involve people more closely with cultural heritage at local, regional, national and European levels.

The aim of the conference was to highlight the importance and diversity of European culture as well as to increase awareness of the social and economic importance of culture and heritage, being an estimated 300,000 people working directly in the EU’s cultural sector and being indirectly responsible for up to 7.8 million jobs. 

 

The conference, brought together political leaders, policy makers and stakeholders (representatives of museums and other cultural institutions and foundations), as well as some very well-known artist (Jean-Michel Jarre, Daniel Barenboim, Ezio Bosso, Radu Mihailean, Thierry Marx, Mathilde De L’Ecotais, etc.) to debate the challenges of the sector as well as how to make it more innovative and harness its economic potential. It was divided in three panels, that included artists from different fields, live music performances and an exhibition on video games:

  • Cultural heritage and Europeanness, underlining the political and social significance of cultural heritage;

  • Preserving and promoting cultural heritage, highlighting the need to raise awareness among Europeans about this issue;

  • Innovation and the economic potential of cultural heritage, focusing on the innovative ways to promote growth in the creative sector and the tourism industry.

In the 3,000 years of our common history we have been able to forge our shared identity and this should not be forgotten,” said Parliament President Tajani “from Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Bach and Molière, European creativity gave life to our immense cultural heritage. We are the continent with half of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Europe is still leading in several sectors of the cultural and creative industries. Wherever you go in the world, Europe is a synonym for style, know-how and beauty. This is our leadership. A leadership which cannot be delocalised and which has to serve as our springboard for political and economic renewal. Even more than our economy, culture is the glue which holds Europe together, and culture must be the starting point for our efforts to revitalise our Union”.