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European Heritage Days
European Heritage Days in the Netherlands Image: Open Monumentendag

Arts and Entertainment is the theme for 2019 European Heritage Days

The theme of the 2019 European Heritage Days (EHD) has been revealed as ‘Arts and Entertainment’. For centuries, the different facets of European arts and entertainment gave form to European cultural identity by captivating the continent, and the world. The EHD are celebrating this powerful aspect of common heritage by inviting its 50 participatory countries to give “Arts and Entertainment” centre stage this September.

The joint effort of National Coordinators, heritage communities and volunteers will provide the opportunity for the 2019 EHDs to pick up where the successful 2018 celebrations left off. By taking an active part in honoring arts and entertainment that cross boundaries between nations, languages and customs, the 50 participatory countries will make Europe come to life in harmonious rhythm of rich artistic expression.

What to expect
From Shakespeare’s sonnets to Insta-poets’ viral poems, cabaret performances to nightclubbing, and archery to virtual reality gaming, European arts and entertainment has transformed throughout the ages, together with its makers, admirers and custodians.


The all-encompassing theme will include sports, photography, tourism, circus, fairs, visual arts, cinema, radio, and television among other entertainment-inspired art forms.

European Heritage Days
The European Heritage Days is a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission involving all 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention under the motto, Europe: a common heritage. The annual programme offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. The exact date and length of the event varies per country.

Read more at the site of the European Heritage Days.