More than a year after the implementation period, Heritage Hubs project continues to draw attention, culminating in winning the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021, the most prestigious EU prize for cultural heritage, funded by the Creative Europe programme.
Launched by the European Commission in 2002, the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards have been run by Europa Nostra ever since. The Award highlights and disseminates heritage excellence and best practices, encourages the cross-border exchange of knowledge, connects heritage stakeholders in wider networks, and fosters a greater care for our shared heritage amongst Europe’s citizens.
Selected by an independent jury composed of heritage experts from across Europe, Heritage Hubs is one of the 24 initiatives from 18 European countries, selected under the category Education, Training and Awareness-raising. In its evaluation, the jury particularly appreciated the methodology of the project: “Heritage Hubs provided a solid methodology on heritage education, implemented by many schools. The programme partners are given the opportunity to develop their skills. Many materials were produced, also in digital format, to help the creative interaction with the wider community. This includes a combination of virtual and non-virtual heritage experiences through transmedia narratives and multisensory activities. The educational approach is based on the concept of learning from heritage: participants ‘exchange’ their heritage with others, learning through other cultures and experiences”.
Moreover, “the network they have built is solid and reaches several countries in Europe. It is built on synergies with other European projects such as European Heritage Days and Europeana, thus increasing the impact achieved. There are also ideas for the future of the project that demonstrate its sustainability” said the jury.
The announcement of the winners took place in an online ceremony on the 25th of May in Brussels., . Apart from receiving a bronze plaque and considerable attention at European level, Heritage Hubs is also a candidate for the Grand Prix in in the same award category and for the Public Choice Award, which will be both revealed during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony that will most probably take place in Venice in autumn 2021.
During the online announcement, Europa Nostra’s Executive President Hermann Parzinger stated about the winners: “We applaud their outstanding achievements: may they serve as inspiration and encouragement for future action for so many heritage professionals and enthusiasts across Europe and beyond.”
Visit the official European Commission page about Heritage Hubs! https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/projects/priorities_2019-2024/promoting-european-way/heritage-hubs
Look at the video about the winning project!