European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 – Irish programme
Monday 29th January saw the launch of the Irish programme for European Year of Cultural Heritage in the National Museum of Ireland. This year-long programme is a Creative Europe initiative, designed to put a spotlight on Europe’s wealth of cultural heritage and involve all citizens in events that promote a sense of European belonging. The Heritage Council will co-ordinate activities in Ireland on the theme of Make A Connection. The theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage and build a legacy of increased public engagement.
Launching the programme, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, said the aims of the European Year of Cultural Heritage included ‘involving all citizens in events that help to promote a sense of belonging to a common European space’.
The Heritage Council has developed a number of initiatives to support the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. They include:
- An events calendar, available here. The calendar will be updated with events and activities – from workshops, exhibitions and lectures to film screenings and digital projects – throughout the year.
- The Heritage Council is encouraging organisations and groups across the country to submit events for consideration as an EYCH initiative. Successful submissions will be granted the EYCH label and added to the events calendar.