Cultural heritage – The key to the future

2018 has been designated, by the European commission, to a European Year of Cultural Heritage. It is a unique opportunity to take advantage of and demonstrate the importance of cultural heritage in today’s society, both for people’s well-being and for sustainable development.

What is a Cultural Heritage?

Cultural heritage is what previous generations have created, and the way that it has been interpreted and passed on to the present day. It can be material objects, such as handicrafts, buildings and landscapes. It can also be intangible: for example, stories, music and dance.

Cultural heritage is constantly changing. Today, Gävleborg accommodates cultural heritages from various parts of the world. It creates Contacts between people and enriches the future. Traditional and new cultural expressions are both ways to make one’s cultural heritage known, to make it living and inclusive.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is about bringing light and awareness of what is happening in the County in the context of cultural heritage. It can take the form of events, lectures and exhibitions. Special efforts are being made to promote inclusion and to reach more and new groups of people.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage in Gävleborg is divided into three different periods:

Discover. Experience. Appreciate.

Discover. Discover and gain new knowledge.
Experience. Use your senses. Cultural heritage becomes accessible and enticing through cultural experiences.
Appreciate. See the benefits of cultural heritage. Participate in seminars and Courses.

The main objective of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.


”Cultural Heritage Project – The key to the future” is linked to ten areas of focus by following examples.

Common European Cultural Heritage
The cooperation within the AER (Assembly of European Regions), and exchange with other world heritages in Europe, an inclusive approach to a changing world

Cultural heritage at school
A national conference in world heritage education

Youth for cultural heritage
Summer jobs for youth related to the theme of cultural heritage, cultural heritage as an important part of integration

New uses for existing cultural heritage
Use cultural/historical environments as concert venues, meeting places

Tourism and cultural heritage
Communication of cultural/world heritage at visited sites, Magazines and media. New stories that enrich experience.

Caring for cultural heritage
Demonstration and courses on the theme of building care

Threatened cultural heritage
Lectures in a wider perspective; climate change, integration, depopulation, exploitation, world heritage in war

Non-material cultural heritage
Use music, dance, stories and handicrafts traditional, innovative and international, with cultural heritage as a foundation

Cultural heritage for all
open folk museums, churches, let intangible cultural heritage enrich and attract new visitors, support and projects for asylum seekers and people newly arrived in the country Inspiration for integration; cultural heritage conference

Science and cultural heritage
Lectures expertise from museums, universities and colleges