The European Commission has designated 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage with the aim of highlighting the role of Europe's cultural heritage in promoting awareness of a shared history and identity. The European Year of Cultural Heritage focuses in particular on young people, who will be the custodians of our cultural heritage for future generations and highlights its educational value and its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. The European Year of Cultural Heritage also promotes intelligent ways to preserve, manage and re-use Europe's heritage.
ESN Italy could not avoid moving at the same pace by devising a new project that is entirely part of the values of our association: love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange. Erasmus For Culture, the name given to the project - along the lines of Europe For Culture, the name of the European Union campaign - aims to raise awareness among Erasmus students on the importance of European history and values and strengthen the sense of European identity through ad hoc activities aimed at promoting the cultural heritage of the Italian territory and of our cities / places of belonging. It will be an occasion for the sections of ESN Italy to highlight the cultural beauties of the local reality by offering international students ever greater and varied opportunities. The European Year of Cultural Heritage will, therefore, offer ESN Italy and international students on the move multiple opportunities to better understand the present through a constant journey into the past. Furthermore, ESN International has been mandated by the European Commission to fully follow the communication aspects of the promotion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage towards young people, therefore the implementation of this project is also fully integrated into the activity of our international Network.
Activities planned on the premises
By cultural heritage we mean the resources inherited from the past, in every form and aspect, including tangible ones (buildings, monuments, books, archaeological sites, etc.) and intangible ones (practices, languages, oral tradition, digital art, animation, video and registrations, and so on). Activities can foster awareness of history and common values, strengthen the sense of belonging to Europe, show ways to safeguard, enhance, but also re-use and best promote the European cultural heritage as a shared resource.