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The European City

Always unique, but at the same time related, the European city is presence and manifestation of history, it is colourful, open and always changing. As a permanent melting pot and locus of daily life for a large part of the European population, the city is a cornerstone of our cultural heritage. It lends itself in a special way to discussing the role of cultural heritage in the face of current social and political challenges.

So the main questions under this theme are: What are, historically and currently, the characteristic features of the European city? What are the defining characteristics of the European city in the 21st century? How do cities react to a loss or increase of population, to cultural diversity, migratory movements and demographic change? And – what is the role of cultural heritage in all this?