The Netherlands wins the prestigious European Heritage Prize 2022

Each year, the award goes to the most notable cultural heritage projects from across Europe.

“I warmly congratulate all the 2022 winners of the European Heritage Awards /” Europa Nostra Awards “for the unique quality of their work and their passion for innovation. 2022 is a special year as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Heritage Awards, which is has become the most prominent award of the European Heritage Community.Many of the award-winning initiatives show the enormous interest and involvement of young people in our heritage, history and cultural identity, which is particularly relevant in this European Year of Youth.A special thought goes to the two Ukrainian award recipients. The EU-sponsored Creative Europe EU grant program aims to promote culture and creativity in building inclusive and connecting societies based on our European core values, “said EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in a commentary on the announcement of the 2022 winners.

30 notable cultural heritage achievements from 18 European countries have been awarded in five categories. These categories are in line with recent developments and priorities in the field of cultural heritage policy and practice in Europe.

Heritage Quest, Veluwe (research category)
Holland won with the archeological science project. The extensive involvement of ordinary citizens in this project has not only revealed new archeological objects, but also combined advanced technologies with the building of a close ‘community’.

These are the other winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards:

Restoration and adaptive recycling (conservation and adaptive recycling)

  • Aachen Battery, Atlantic Wall Raversyde, West Flanders, BELGIUME
    The Aachen is the only German coastal battery from World War I that has been preserved well enough to give visitors an idea of ​​the structure. This gives the restoration and renewal of the place great European significance and educational value.
  • Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, FRANCE
    Villa E-1027 was designed in the 1920s by Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray with Romanian architect Jean Badovici. The complete restoration, including all interior objects and materials, with advanced corrosion prevention systems, is exemplary of the future preservation of modernist architecture.
  • Monument of Episcopal, Sikinos, GREECE
    This impressive Roman mausoleum was transformed into a Byzantine church and has remained almost intact. Accurate research was combined with careful conservation, resulting in a high quality restoration project.
  • Atlungstad Distillery, Ottestad, NORWAY
    This Norwegian distillery from 1855 is the oldest still in use. The rehabilitation included reusing the old machines, restoring the industrial character of the building and creating a new socio-cultural activity.
  • Capuchos Monastery, Sintra, PORTUGAL
    Built in 1560, this monastery complex in Sintra’s original forest exudes spiritual devotion and asceticism. All buildings and their decorative features have been restored by combining traditional techniques and innovative solutions.
  • House of Religious Freedom, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
    This 15th-century building is one of the oldest and most important in Cluj-Napoca. After a ten-year restoration process, the palace was reopened as a cultural center dedicated to the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance.
  • Illa del Rei, Menorca, SPAIN
    The rehabilitation of Illa del Rei is the result of a fruitful collaboration between a fund set up by local volunteers, which transformed the naval hospital from 1711 into a museum, and a Swiss art gallery, which restored and reused Langara’s outbuildings. .
  • St. Andrew’s Church, Kiev, UKRAINE
    This extensive and well-documented restoration has returned a monument of significant cultural and spiritual value to the people of Ukraine. The church now serves as a museum and hosts worship services, scientific and educational events, and chamber music concerts.

Research (Research)

Education, training and skills

  • Masters and apprentices, FINLAND
    Younger and older generations worked together on an equal footing in cultural heritage activities, an exciting new model for the transfer of intangible heritage.
  • International course in wood protection technology, NORWAY
    The interdisciplinary approach to this course gives professionals from different backgrounds and from different countries the opportunity to improve their education and expertise in the field of tree heritage.
  • TISH Jewish Food Festival, Warsaw, POLAND
    Through a series of culinary workshops and tastings around the Jewish culinary heritage, participants tell about their common history, combat stereotypes and break down barriers.
  • Piscu School Museum and Workshop, ROMANIA
    Cultural heritage, contemporary art and ceramics come together to create a cultural and educational center in a former ceramics factory. Summer courses, workshops and cultural events contribute to the dissemination of this fascinating heritage.
  • Sewn signs, ROMANIA
    Not only does this project help pass on the skills and knowledge of traditional Romanian shirts, it also makes a strong statement against the fast fashion industry.
  • Symphony, SPAIN
    With an immersive audiovisual experience, Symphony increases the awareness and appreciation of classical music among new generations.

Citizen involvement and awareness (Citizens’ commitment and awareness raising)

  • Sofia rivers, BULGARIA
    Through pop-up architectural interventions and cultural and educational events, this initiative transformed – for the first time in 80 years – Sofia’s artificial river beds into public spaces.
  • Return to the Sami homeland, FINLAND
    A thought-provoking program of public dialogue preceded the return of an important collection of Sámi cultural heritage from the National Museum of Finland to the Sámi Museum Siida. It is a very important example of effective inheritance restitution.
  • Swap Museum, Apulia, ITALY
    Swap Museum enables collaborations between museums and young people in daily museum practice. This enriching experience enables small, local cultural institutions to innovate.
  • Va ‘Sentiero, ITALY
    A three-year grassroots initiative in which a group of young enthusiasts walked and documented the 8,000 kilometers of Sentiero Italia, the longest hiking route in the world, along with 3,000 participants from 10 countries and with the active involvement of local communities.
  • Lumbardhi Public Again ”Project, Prizren, KOSOVO
    Lumbardhi Public Again is a successful initiative to save the historic Lumbardhi Cinema from privatization and demolition. Their activities have made the cinema a lively center of cultural activities.
  • Museum in the village, PORTUGAL
    This cultural program brings together museums, artists and communities to enjoy art and culture. They get to know the local folklore and cultural heritage, revitalize it and improve cultural activities in rural areas.
  • PAX-Patios de la Axerquia, Córdoba, SPAIN
    This innovative cultural heritage management system promotes a new model of urban renewal through social renewal in a cultural heritage context, based on the rehabilitation of abandoned terraced houses (house of vecinos) of Cordoba.
  • Wikipedia, SPAIN
    Wikipedia uses the efforts of ordinary citizens to develop a knowledge base that helps to salvage the forgotten ‘drystone’ heritage of Spain and its border regions through a website and a mobile app.
  • World Vyshyvanka Day, UKRAINE
    What started as a small student initiative is now an annual holiday celebrated internationally, helping to promote the iconic Ukrainian embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka) as an important element of Ukrainian heritage.

Heritage Champions

Costa Carras †, Athens, GREECE(posthmm)
For more than 50 years, Costa Carras worked tirelessly to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of Greece and Europe and to create a more sustainable, inclusive and beautiful world for future generations. He was a visionary nature conservationist, an eminent historian and a true European.

La Paranza Cooperative, Naples, ITALY
This cooperative of young friends has been working since the early 2000s to transform the catacombs of Naples into a lively attraction for visitors. The initiative has resulted in a revitalization of the Sanità district.

Elżbieta Szumska, Złoty Stok, POLAND
With her tireless commitment, Elżbieta Szumska helped transform the former gold mine Kopalnia Złota, located in the small town of Złoty Stok, into one of Poland’s most famous tourist attractions.

This year, a “Europa Nostra Award” will also be presented for a remarkable cultural heritage project from a European country not participating in the EU Creative Europe program: Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum, Bayburt, TURKEY (Category Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness)

This museum aims to preserve and revive the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Bayburt and Anatolia by providing visitors with interactive experiences devised in collaboration with the local community.

The award winners were nominated by a jury of cultural heritage experts from across Europe, based on an evaluation of independent selection committees by organizations and individuals from 36 European countries.

Prize giving
The awards will be presented to the winners on September 26 in Prague at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, held at the recently restored State Opera and presented by EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel and Europa Nostra’s CEO. Prof. dr. dr. Hermann Parzinger.

The “Europa Nostra Award” calls for good and careful restoration of vulnerable cultural heritage and knowledge sharing. In addition, it should help raise public awareness of Europe’s cultural heritage and its value.

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