National Heritage week will run from 18-26 August 2018 in Ireland. Hundreds of event organisers in national institutions and local community organisations will organise Heritage Week events throughout the country. Co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, the week of activities will build heritage awareness and education and shine a spotlight on the great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built, and cultural heritage.
In 2018, Heritage Week will be a highlight of Ireland’s celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This initiative by the European Commission and coordinated in Ireland by the Heritage Council aims to involve all citizens in events that help to promote a sense of belonging to a common European space.
The theme for the EYCH Year in Ireland is Make a Connection which aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. As part of European Heritage Days, Heritage Week is uniquely placed to celebrate connections with our European neighbours and each other.
Heritage Week is exploring this theme through Sharing Stories. Heritage Week is asking everyone from young people to new arrivals to Ireland to retired people to share their stories. During Heritage Week everyone will have the chance to connect with their heritage, to enjoy, learn about, appreciate and share it.
Heritage Week will highlight heritage links in communities across Ireland and encourage connection with other European countries through a shared interest in exploring heritage.