Four Grand Prix laureates and the Public Choice Award winner, selected from among this year’s 24 winning achievements from 18 European countries, were announced last week. The ceremony was one of the highlights of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 that took place 21-24 September in the World Heritage City of Venice.
The 2021 Grand Prix laureates are:
- The Wooden Church of Urși Village, Vâlcea County, Romania. A beautiful 18th century wooden church that was exemplary restored using traditional materials and techniques in a collaborative way, allowing for the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst international participants.
- FIBRANET – FIBRes in ANcient European Textiles, Denmark & Greece. An innovative research project that provides new knowledge about the degradation of ancient fibres, informing both archaeological practice and providing crucial knowledge for Europeans as we look for solutions for dealing with the waste produced by the fashion and textile industries.
- The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, Cyprus. Established in 2008 by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders under the auspices of the United Nations, it successfully restored over 70 monuments, using cultural heritage as a powerful tool for reconciliation and peaceful cooperation.
- The Invention of a Guilty Party, Trento, Italy. An exemplary exhibition that shows the relevance of a historical case of anti-Semitism to contemporary conversations around discrimination and intolerance in today’s Europe, stimulating critical reflection on the power of propaganda and fake news.
The remarkable rehabilitation of the Wooden Church of Urși Village in Romania is the big winner of 2021. The project received a Grand Prix and the general public selected it as their favourite heritage project in Europe.
The local community of the small village of Urși worked with many experts and volunteers to recover this beautiful 18th century wooden church for generations to come. Interdisciplinarity and international cooperation has secured the church’s future and reinvigorated its remarkable painted decorations.