As a contribution to the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra Belgium launched the youth competition #SAUVETONPATRIMOINE (SaveYourHeritage) in Wallonia last November. “The idea is to get young people aged between 9 and 13 engaged with their local cultural heritage,” explained Louis Maraitre, Administrator of Europa Nostra Belgium. The competition will also be launched in Flanders and Brussels (heritage being a regionalised competence in Belgium).
Young people are invited to nominate an endangered heritage monument (big or small, old or new), an ancient object or a machine located in Wallonia by submitting a dossier, either individually or as a group (e.g. with their classmates, youth movement or association). Dossiers may contain material such as a short video, a Powerpoint presentation with photos, drawings, a short publication or text.
“Do you know of a ruined or threatened monument? Do you want to help safeguard cultural heritage?”
In an engaging promotional video, 15-year-old Belgian actor Igor Van Dessel, who gave his patronage to the initiative, calls on young people to help safeguard threatened heritage.