The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

An occasion for EL to highlight the significant role its member lotteries play in supporting culture.

 

 

European Years

By designating a theme to a calendar year, the EU attempts to raise awareness of a particular theme by encouraging debate and a change of attitudes towards it. These years are referred to as the European Years and they have the capacity to create a strong commitment and send a political signal from both EU institutions and Member States that the topic will be taken into consideration in future policy-making. In some cases, the European Commission may even propose new legislation on the theme.

The first European Year was observed in 1983 as the European Year of SMEs and craft industry. Ever since, the European Years have covered a wide plethora of themes ranging from environment, road safety, tourism, nutrition or health to music, volunteering, lifelong learning and languages.

The decision on the theme is taken jointly by the European Parliament and Member States based on the European Commission’s proposal.

Cultural Heritage…

The year 2018 has been designated as the European Year of Cultural Heritage in an attempt to encourage EU citizens to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, to celebrate, understand and protect its unique value and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in our lives.

The notion of cultural heritage might be traditionally understood as the legacy of physical artefacts including buildings, historic places, monuments, archaeological objects, architecture and so on. However, there are also intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations, such as oral traditions, performing arts, literature, local knowledge or traditional skills.

…and the Lotteries

In 2016 the money contributed towards society by all EL member lotteries amounted to €23.5bn. From this total, €21.3bn was contributed by EL member lotteries in the EU, with more than 64% of their Gross Gaming Revenue generated going back to society in the respective countries. Culture and cultural heritage are among the main beneficiaries of funding from lotteries receiving about €1bn per year and probably making the lotteries one of the most important patrons of arts in Europe.

Below are selected examples of EL member lotteries’ support to the field of cultural heritage:

  • Czech Sazka, is the main partner of the Dvořák Prague Festival, famous for its excellent programme and performers, and also promotes Czech culture through the legacy of Antonín Dvořák, his contemporaries and disciples.
  • Finnish Veikkaus supports Finnish films via the Film Foundation with €25 million a year.
  • Germany’s Lotto Bayern supported the reconstruction of the Cadolzburg castle in Bavaria and the west façade roof renovation of the St. Paul’s Church in Munich.
  • Italian Lottomatica contributed to the restoration of an outstanding example of Michelangelo’s finest craftsmanship – his statue of Moses. Located in Rome at the church San Pietro in Vincoli and attracting more than 4 million visitors annually, the statue was restored to its original shine after a complex process of maintenance and cleaning of the marble.
  • Latvian Latvijas Loto supports Latvian artists by purchasing their artwork and using it when designing its tickets. The chosen artwork represents Latvian values such as nature, national foods and traditions.

Michelangelo’s Statue of Moses in the Church of San Pietro in Rome has been restored thanks to Lottomatica’s support

Official Launch

The official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is scheduled for 7 and 8 December 2017 at the European Culture Forum in Milan, Italy, while events and activities related to the theme will take place all year long across the EU.

Video published by the Council of the EU announcing the 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage as an occasion to highlight the importance of European culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcNwEBrs5oY

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Synopsis

Français

2018 : Année Européenne Du Patrimoine Culturel

Depuis 1983, l’UE désigne des thèmes annuels pour sensibiliser l’opinion publique sur un sujet et encourager les débats et le changement d’attitude par rapport à ce sujet. Ce sont les Années Européennes, qui représentent un engagement et un signal politique forts de la part des institutions et des États membres de l’UE, indiquant que le sujet sera pris en considération à l’avenir dans l’élaboration des politiques. L’année 2018 a été désignée Année européenne du patrimoine culturel afin d’encourager les citoyens de l’Union Européenne à explorer la diversité et la richesse de leur patrimoine culturel, à célébrer, comprendre et protéger sa valeur unique et à raviver la conscience publique à l’égard du patrimoine culturel et la place que ce dernier occupe dans nos vies. Le patrimoine culturel, et la culture en général, comptent parmi les principaux bénéficiaires du financement par les loteries, avec près d’un milliard d’EUR reçu tous les ans, ce qui fait que les opérateurs de loteries comptent parmi les principaux mécènes en Europe en matières d’art. Le lancement officiel de l’Année européenne du patrimoine culturel est prévu le 7 et 8 décembre 2017 au Forum de la Culture Européenne à Milan (Italie), tandis que des événements et activités liés à ce thème seront organisés durant toute l’année dans l’Union Européenne. EL cherche à participer activement à cette célébration de l’Année européenne du patrimoine culturel 2018, afin de souligner le rôle important que les opérateurs de loteries européens jouent dans le soutien de la culture.

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El Año Europeo Del Patrimonio Cultural 2018

Desde 1983, la UE ha designado un tema concreto para cada año con la intención de concienciar sobre dicho tema y de promover el debate y un cambio de actitud al respecto. Estos años se denominan Años Europeos y tienen la capacidad de generar un fuerte gesto político y un compromiso tanto por parte de las instituciones de la UE como de los Estados Miembros según el cual el tema en cuestión se tendrá en cuenta en políticas futuras. El año 2018 ha sido designado el Año Europeo del Patrimonio Cultural con el objetivo de animar a los ciudadanos de la UE a explorar el rico y diverso patrimonio cultural de Europa; a celebrar, entender y proteger su valor único, y a reflexionar sobre el lugar que ocupa el patrimonio cultural en nuestras vidas. Al recibir alrededor de 1.000 millones de euros anuales, el patrimonio cultural y la cultura en general están entre los mayores beneficiarios de financiación por parte de las loterías; lo cual, probablemente, convierte a las loterías en uno de los mecenas más importantes de Europa. El lanzamiento oficial del Año Europeo del Patrimonio cultural está programado para el 7 y 8 de diciembre de 2017 en el Foro Europeo de la Cultura en Milán, Italia, mientras que los eventos y actividades relacionados con este tema tendrán lugar durante todo el año y por toda la UE. EL [European Lotteries (Loterías Europeas)] pretende participar activamente en la celebración del Año Europeo del Patrimonio Cultural 2018 para poner de relieve el importante papel que juegan en el apoyo a la cultura las loterías que lo conforman.

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Das Europäische Jahr Des Kulturellen Erbes 2018

Seit 1983 wählt die EU für jedes Kalenderjahr einen bestimmten Themenbereich aus, um Bewusstsein zu schaffen, Diskussionen anzustoßen und die Öffentlichkeit zu sensibilisieren. Diese Jahre heißen Europäische Jahre. Sie dienen als politisches Signal und sollen EU-Institutionen und Mitgliedsstaaten dazu anhalten, den behandelten Themenbereich bei ihrer künftigen politischen Gestaltung zu berücksichtigen. 2018 wird in dieser Tradition das Europäische Jahr des kulturellen Erbes. Es soll EU-Bürger dazu veranlassen, das reichhaltige und vielfältige kulturelle Erbe der EU kennenzulernen, zu feiern, besser zu verstehen, es in seiner Einzigartigkeit zu bewahren und über seine Rolle in unserem Alltag nachzudenken. Kulturgüter und der kulturelle Bereich im Allgemeinen gehören mit rund 1 Mrd. Euro zu den wichtigsten Empfängern finanzieller Unterstützung von Lotterien. Damit zählen Lotterien in Europa zu den wichtigsten Mäzenen der Künste. Offiziell eingeläutet werden soll das Europäische Jahr des kulturellen Erbes am 7. und 8. Dezember 2017 auf dem europäischen Kulturforum in Mailand in Italien. Im darauffolgenden Jahr wird es europaweit Veranstaltungen zum Thema geben. EL will sich aktiv beim europäischen Jahr des kulturellen Erbes 2018 engagieren, um auf die wichtige Rolle seiner Mitglieder für den Kulturbereich aufmerksam zu machen.

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