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Major Themes

As guidelines for the German contribution to the European Cultural Heritage Year we identified five major themes. All official contributions to SHARING HERITAGE related to one of them.

Symboldbild Austausch und Bewegung Wegweiser zum Jakobsweg in Konstanz, Strassenschild zur Via Regia

“Exchange and movement: academic networks are predestined for this. During the European Cultural Heritage Year we intend to tap the cross-border exchange of knowledge to directly ask young people about their ideas for participation and involvement in cultural work in future.“

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst
President of Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Symboldbild Grenz- und Begegnungsräume Danewerk Grenzwall

“If we become more aware of the extent to which other cultures have left a mark on our existing local heritage, it will be easier for us to welcome new cultural influences on the ground.”

Janne Teller, author

Symbolbild die Europäische Stadt mit Bild vom Kölner Dom

“The future development of our cities and our society depends on an appreciation and understanding of the physical achievements of the past. The architecture of our cities is a physical record of our cultural and societal visions and a living document of the continuous sedimentation of the practical and the artistic, the monumental and the mundane.”

Sir David Chipperfield

Symboldbild Erinnern und Aufbruch Westphälischer Türklinke mit Friedenstaube 1648 und alter Kupferstich zum Prager Fenstersturz 1618

“Today’s crises can be overcome only if Europeans come to understand that they share a common history and destiny and have common cultural values, and if they develop a European identity that is not meant to replace the local, regional and national identity, but to complement and enrich it. This European dimension is also an intrinsic part of us.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Hermann Parzinger
President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Symbolbild Thema Gelebtes Erbe Decke einer Synagoge und Kinder mit Posaunen

“Every day I benefit from the shared European cultural heritage, and every day my view is confirmed that despite regional differences in musical traditions, we all work on the same basis.”

Harald Haugaard - musician / folkBALTICA international music festival