On 10 April, the European Heritage Days released a new document for event organisers to help them to organise inclusive and diverse heritage events. The text revolves around this years theme ”Heritage: All Inclusive”. The organisation included many different case studies which attracted a diverse audience in the past to inspire organisers.
Last year, the organisation moved the event to an online environment. While this years format remains unknown, a recent press release hinted at organisers to widen access to cultural heritage using digital events. ”With travel options still likely to be limited this year, and the financial costs of travel also a potential barrier in themselves, digital options are a helpful way to allow audiences to take part from anywhere”, the statement reads.
Tips, tricks and tools
Apart from creating online events, organisers can also look at the case studies mentioned in the document or learn from the Inclusive Events Toolkit. Apart from successful examples, both helplines contain practical tips on how to engage with new audiences. It also shows how to dismantle participation barriers by ensuring event spaces are welcoming and accessible.
The European Heritage Days are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. They have been organised since 1999 and are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural event in Europe.