To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament hosted a conference gathering political leaders, policy makers and artists. They discussed how to preserve and promote cultural heritage and the economic potential it has.
From the restoration of classical paintings in Flanders to the hectic trumpet festival of Guča, or the timeless taste of Napoli pizzas to the eco-design architecture in Denmark, European cultural heritage is as broad and diverse as its history. Half of UNESCO's World Heritage sites are located in Europe. To celebrate and preserve such a rich background, the EU has made 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In the 3,000 years of our common history, we have been able to forge our shared identity, and this should not be forgotten. Throughout the year, thousands of activities are taking place across Europe at local, regional, national and European levels. Among these initiatives, the European Parliament hosted a conference gathering politicians, cultural workers and artists in Brussels. The diversity of our European cultural heritage must be preserved. This diversity alone is a richness that we can learn from. More than 300,000 people are directly working in the cultural field and as many as 7.8 million jobs are created indirectly by the sector. Preserving cultural heritage is not just an expenditure: investing one euro in culture gives a return of more than €20. It is important to preserve this heritage because there is no serious conflict between tradition and innovation, what matters is transmission. That's what helps building the future in accordance with our ancestors' values. If you want to find an event near you to celebrate European cultural heritage, head over to the official website.