Three Romanian projects – Semne Cusute (Sewn Signs) Sewing Signs Association’s project, the Gaspar, Baltazar & Melchior Association’s Piscu School Museum and Workshop project, and the restoration of the House of Religious Freedom in Cluj-Napoca are some of the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, unveiled on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Culture.
„We wish them much success for the Grand Prize, which will be announced in September in Prague”, the ministry informs in a Facebook post.
The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were launched in 2002 by the European Commission and have been run by Europa Nostra ever since.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Europe’s most prestigious awards in the heritage field.
The awards identify and promote best practices in the conservation and enhancement of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, stimulate the transfrontier exchange of knowledge throughout Europe, increase public awareness and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage and encourage further excellent initiatives through the power of example.
The awards honour every year up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements, among which up to five Grand Prix. Each winner of a Grand Prix receives a monetary award of 10.000 euros. In addition, the Public Choice Award is presented to one of the selected award winners, following an online vote conducted by Europa Nostra.
This year, 30 outstanding heritage achievements from 18 European countries have been awarded in five categories.
The winners will be celebrated on 26 September at the State Opera of Prague at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony.
Between August 11 and September 11, heritage supporters and enthusiasts are encouraged to vote online for the Public Choice Award and mobilize support for the winner(s) from their own or another European country.