The European Cultural Heritage Summit with the motto „Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” will be a main highlight of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The European Culltural Heritage Summit will take place from June, 18th, to June, 24th, 2018, and will be hosted by Europa Nostra, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) and Deutsches Nationalkommittee für Denkmalschutz (German Cultural Heritage Committee).
The Summit will engage and mobilise a wide range of public and private stakeholders for an ambitious European Cultural Heritage Agenda and will be attended by highest representatives of European Union Institutions, Member States and civil society organisations from all over Europe.
Key policy and public events, such as high-level policy debates on Europe and Cultural Heritage and the Award-giving Ceremony for the European Prize for Cultural Heritage, will take place from June, 20th, to June, 22nd. In addition, side events will be organised by European and German organisations and institutions from June, 18th, to June, 20th, and on June, 23rd and 24th.
European Heritage Volunteers will organise a Heritage Volunteering Project alongside the European Cultural Heritage Summit that shall enable young people on one hand to get a close and detailed inside view into the network of organisations, institutions and stakeholders that are active all over Europe in the field of Cultural Heritage, on the other hand to support the organisation of this outstanding event.
A group of twelve young volunteers from twelve different European countries – young adults, students and young professionals – are invited to participate in this project.
During an introduction phase in Weimar, Germany, the volunteers will get to know each other and exchange about their cultural and professional backgrounds. They will receive an overview about volunteering projects for heritage, learn on the example of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Classical Weimar” about tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites as well as about the challenges to preserve, to restore and to maintain heritage sites and will contribute during two days by their own practical work to the restoration and the maintenance of the site.
After having moved to Berlin the group will be welcomed by representatives of the German Cultural Heritage Committee that will provide an introduction about the background as well as about the technical aspects of the European Cultural Heritage Summit.
During the European Cultural Heritage Summit every two volunteers will be – alternating in shifts of half a day each – responsible for a particular heritage site resp. a historical conference venue and provide the participants of the Summit with background knowledge about the history of the site and its direct surroundings while identifying links to similar buildings, similar quarters resp. similar heritage linked constellations, potentials or challenges in their home countries or in other European countries and so illustrating the European dimension of Cultural Heritage. In addition, they will support the participants of the Summit while recommending them other activities in the frame of the Summit’s programme that may fit to their interests.
The other half of the days the volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the events of the Summits’ programme for free, to establish contacts and to network with other participants of the European Cultural Heritage Summit.
The volunteers will be – together with the group of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage – accommodated in a hostel in the centre of Berlin. The costs for board and lodging for the introduction days in Weimar and for the duration of the European Cultural Heritage Summit as well as for the transfer from Weimar to Berlin will be covered by European Heritage Volunteers, the volunteers will have to pay only a symbolic participation fee of 70 €.
The project language is English; knowledge of other languages is welcome.
Applications are possible from now on. There is no deadline for application. Since the number of places is limited early applications are recommended.
For details of the application process, please, refer to the rubric “How to participate”.