Join us in 2018 for the European Year of Cultural Heritage!
07 December 2017

Join us in 2018 for the European Year of Cultural Heritage!

Creative Europe has marked 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) and we will celebrate our diverse cultures with events, activities, and celebrations across Europe. The EYCH aims to encourage people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage. We hope to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

EYCH was launche in Europe at the European Cultural Forum, 7-8 December, 2017. You can read more about the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage here on the dedicated website. You can also sign up for regular newsletters about Europe wide events over 2018. 

The Irish launch of EYCH was on 13 December. There is a dedicated website here with information on how to get involved or get a label for your project or event in 2018.

How can you get involved as an organisation?

Want to join in the celebrations? Find out how to officially label your project or event under the European Year of Cultural Heritage banner. The European Year of Cultural Heritage label (comprising a logo, a slogan and a hashtag) is available for activities, events and projects taking place between 7th December 2017 and 31st December 2018.

The label is reserved for projects which contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in Article 2 of the legal decision calling for the year.

Who can grant the EYCH 2018 label?

Please note that any organisation found using the label without having followed this process will be requested to remove it. Only when a formal permission has been given to a project can the label be used.


The theme for the year in Ireland is 'Make A Connection.' The theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. The Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has appointed the Heritage Council to co-ordinate activities nationwide. The Heritage Council will issue a call to identify potential ideas and initiatives from organisations and groups which will be used to formulate the programme for the year. The 2018 Programme will be launched towards the end of the year in Dublin. 

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has established a National Steering Committee to oversee the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland.  Each of the cultural institutions are represented along with the Irish Research Council, ICOMOS Ireland, CCMA, Creative Europe Culture Desk, Creative Ireland, and the Office of Public Works (OPW). 

Funding availability

Funding will be available for cultural heritage under Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, COSME, Europe for Citizens, and EU structural and cohesion funds. Check our Resources page for links to these funders.