European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2019
Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated this evening with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates. The Grand Prix winners were selected by a jury of experts and the Board of Europa Nostra from among this year’s 25 winning achievements and will receive €10,000 each. The winner of the Public Choice Award was announced by the author, broadcaster and past laureate of the Awards, Stéphane Bern. The winner was chosen by the 8,500 people who voted for their favourite heritage achievements in Europe via an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra. The Grande Soirée was the largest public event of the European Cultural Heritage Summit, which has been taking place in Paris from 27-30 October.
The 7 Grand Prix laureates are:
Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Haarlem, THE NETHERLANDS
The Queen Louise Adit Complex, Zabrze, POLAND
Oratory of the Partal Palace in The Alhambra, SPAIN
RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma, GERMANY
Category Dedicated Service
Fortidsminneforeningen – National Trust of Norway, NORWAY
The Public Choice Award went to:
Fortified Settlement of Mutso, GEORGIA
During the Ceremony, the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards were presented to 25 winners from 16 countries taking part in the EU’s Creative Europe programme. In addition, two remarkable heritage achievements from European countries not participating in that programme also received Europa Nostra Awards, namely Turkey and Switzerland.
In addition, the Paris Fire Brigade, the Guardian Angels of Notre-Dame, received a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in recognition and admiration of their courageous and victorious fight against the flames that devastated Notre-Dame de Paris on the evening of 15 April 2019. The Awards Ceremony was enhanced with a performance by the Adult Choir of the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, in honour of the history and the spirit of the Cathedral. Read a separate press release here.
The Awards Ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, ranging from high-level officials from EU Institutions and Member States to leading representatives of heritage organisations from all over Europe. The announcement of the Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award was followed by a concert by the world-renowned Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis and his ensemble MusicAeterna and the soprano Sandrine Piau.
The European Cultural Heritage Summit is hosted by Europa Nostra under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. It is supported by the European Commission, the Fondation du Patrimoine and the Mission Bern well as many French and European partners, associates and private sponsors.