What is ‘Cultural Heritage in Action’?


Cultural Heritage in Action is one of the actions of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage of the European Commission. It is a peer-learning programme that will allow over 100 local and regional policy makers to exchange knowledge on cultural heritage, with a focus on participatory governance, adaptive reuse and quality of interventions.


The project shall empower cities and regions to strengthen their cultural heritage policies and initiatives as well as develop innovative solutions to preserve cultural heritage assets.


Our consortium led by EUROCITIES with KEA, ERRIN, Europa Nostra and Architects’ Council of Europe leads the project funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme from January 2020 to April 2021.


Focus on 3 topics

Participatory governance of cultural heritage
Participatory governance is about participatory and people-centred approaches that involve the public sector, private stakeholders and civil society to:

  • co-design cultural heritage policies and programmes
  • share management and safeguarding of cultural heritage
  • increase the valorisation of cultural heritage in communities
  • use cultural heritage as a resource for community and territorial development

Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings
Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is the act of giving a new use to an obsolete, underused or misused building.
In the adaptive reuse approach, rather than continuing the building’s existing use through upgrades or restoring it to a specific time period, the new use is defined and adapted to the building while preserving and respecting its value and significance.

Quality of interventions on cultural heritage
Interventions on cultural heritage might be risky: improper interventions can put heritage in danger. Quality interventions are essential if we want to bequeath our heritage to future generations – they are the outcome of multiple factors including aesthetics, habitability, environmental friendliness, accessibility, integration into the surrounding environment and affordability.


What will happen?


We will produce a catalogue of 30 good practices from EU cities, regions, urban, non-urban and rural areas and will organise 12 peer-learning visits bringing together 20+ participants per visit (an open call for participation will be launched in May/June 2020). Our call for good practices is now open, check the ‘good practices’ section!