We participated in the European Cultural Heritage Summit held in Paris from October 27 to 31, 2019. The summit is held under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, president of the French Republic. The program was organized as a platform for networking and discussing the current challenges and development of Europe’s cultural heritage. The program was attended by more than 400 heritage professionals and volunteers from all across Europe. Most of them are members of Europa Nostra, the Alliance of European Heritage 3.3, partners in the fields of culture and economy and representatives from various European institutions and networks. The four-day summit welcomed also the Excellence Fair – presentation of the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, a visit to the exhibition “Marie-Antoinette, Metamorphoses of an Image”, a visit to the Chocolate Factory Menier in Noisiel, the European Heritage Awards Ceremony / Europa Nostra Award, a visit to the castle Versailles and roundtables for members of Europa Nostra.
At the Excellence Fair held at the City Hall in Paris on October 28, the director of the Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding, Kate Šikić Čubrić, gave a presentation on Betina shipbuilding, shipbuilders, wooden ships, the museum and museum activities. All of the laureates of the European Heritage Awards were presented at the Fair.
The central event of the four-day summit was the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen ceremony held on October 29th at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The Award was presented within the category Education, Training and Awareness Raising.
25 winning projects from 16 European countries were presented during the ceremony. In addition, two awards were awarded to projects of non-EU countries (Switzerland and Turkey). A special award was given to the Paris Fire Brigade for fire fighting at Notre Dame Cathedral. There were also 7 Grand Prix awards for selected projects, six of which were awarded by the judges of Europa Nostra and the seventh was selected by the audience via the internet. The evening was hosted by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Youth, and maestro Placido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra. The award ceremony was attended by more than thousand spectators, including a number of high representatives of European institutions and Member States, as well as representatives of leading cultural associations and organizations from across Europe.