The European Heritage Awards or Europa Nostra Awards give a second life to the European heritage, while at the same time broadening the knowledge of European history and of the country itself.
This is because the Awards represent greater international exposure and recognition, access to funding and an increase in the number of visitors. Europa Nostra has the mission of safeguarding European culture by promoting natural and urban heritage.
Up to 30 winners from 18 different countries
Europa Nostra is supported by Creative Europe, a European Commission project that supports Europe’s cultural and creative sectors with professional projects linked to historical heritage, music, cinema or video games.
These prizes are divided into different categories:
- Conservation and adaptation to new uses.
- Education, Training and Training.
- Participation and awareness-raising of citizens.
These awards will be presented at the State Opera in Prague on 26 September under the organisation of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and the Executive President of Europa Nostra, Prof. Dr Hermann Parzinger.
Los premios europeos más importantes del patrimonio rinden homenaje a 30 proyectos ejemplares de 18 países
Spanish recognised by the Europa Nostra Awards
In this edition, Spain must wear its best galas again, as it has received five awards:
- Illa del Rey, Menorca: awarded in the category ‘Conservation and adaptation to new uses’. The English navy built a naval hospital in the port of Mahon on the Balearic island in 1711. The building was abandoned in 1964 and later volunteers and the Fundació de l’Hospital de l’Illa del Rei converted it into a museum. The islet has an undeniable heritage and artistic value, even has a basilica of paleo-Christian art. It is also very important in terms of biodiversity and wealth in terms of its flora.
- Silknow: in this case, this award is shared between Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. This project, in the ‘Research’ category, consists of the development of a new computational system to expand knowledge and facilitate understanding of the legacy of silk. This system can be used in museums, tourism or creative industries including 3D visualisations or space-temporal explorations.
- Symphony: awarded in the ‘ Education, Training and Training’ category, this project aims to bring classical music to younger audiences through the use of new technologies. Symphony, developed together with the ‘la Caixa’ Foundation, wants to publicise the work of artists such as Beethoven, Mahler or Bernstein through virtual reality.
- Pax-Patios de la Axerquía, Córdoba: winner in the category ‘Participation and awareness of citizens’. It consists of the rehabilitation of the houses of neighbors in Córdoba with the aim of defending the way of life in the Mediterranean and the historical value of these buildings, in addition to offering possibilities for sustainable tourism and combating depopulation in the center of the province of Córdoba.
- Wikipedra. Awarded in the category ‘Participation and awareness of citizens’. This website seeks to become a database of dry stone heritage in Catalonia, where it was developed and launched in 2017.
These are the Spanish projects awarded by Europa Nostra! Remember that the material and immaterial good of Europe belongs to its citizens, let us take care of it so that we can continue to enjoy it.