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On 30 September the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Minister of Culture, Armen Amiryan, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan officially launched European Heritage Days 2017 in Armenia. The official opening ceremony was held in Lori marz at the “Sochut Dendropark” and “Lori Fortress” museum under the theme of “Heritage and Nature”.

ARS_1146Pupils from all the marzes of Armenia who have participated in the EU-funded project “Support to EU courses in secondary schools and universities” attended the event and celebrated European Heritage Days in Armenia. In addition to the tour in the Dendropark, the pupils also participated in the “Nature and photography” session, got guidance on how to take photos in nature and took their own photos. These photos are already posted on the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to Armenia and the author of the most “liked” photo will receive a prize. In Lori Fortress all the participants already had the opportunity to have photos in traditional Lori costumes, as souvenirs of European Heritage Day 2017, which will be posted soon on the EU Delegation’s Facebook page.

ARS_1110During the official opening ceremony Ambassador Świtalski thanked everyone for the joint celebration: ‘Armenia is one of 50 countries celebrating European Heritage Days. For us, for the EU, it is an occasion to show how rich Armenia’s contribution to European Heritage is. European culture would be poorer without Armenia’s substantive contribution. European students of architecture are required to study the architecture of Zvartnots Cathedral; European students of music have to study the compositions of Komitas, etc. We want to make this cultural bridge even stronger. We have the intention to launch new cultural programmes’.

ARS_1106Minister Amiryan marked the symbolism of opening European Heritage Days 2017 at the “Sochut Dendropark”, where plants from different parts of the world have had solid roots since 1931: ‘These are exceptional days as a number of institutions will open their doors, buildings that are not available to us every day, but which are part of our heritage. I am convinced that the heritage and nature together create an environment that gives us the opportunity to re-create our love for our homeland again and again’.

During the European Heritage Days in Armenia on 30 September and 1 October 2017, more than 100 cultural organisations and historical and cultural monuments opened their doors. Other cultural offerings included concerts, film screenings, literary and music events, educationally interactive programmes, public discussions and lectures, tree planting, and walking tours.

European Heritage Days are celebrated every year in the 50 European countries signatory to the European Cultural Convention (1954). The idea of the project came up during “Monuments’ Open Doors” initiative launched in France in 1984. In 1991, the Council of Europe officially launched the European Heritage Days with the support of the European Commission. In 1999, this initiative became a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Over 70,000 events are organised all over Europe every year in order to help raise awareness of Europe’s common heritage and emphasize the importance of continuous preservation of its uniqueness and diversity. See more www.europeanheritagedays.com