Many cultural heritage monuments under threat, Europa Nostra Vice-President says

Many cultural heritage monuments and sites in Europe are unfortunately threatened by years of indifference and neglect, Europa Nostra Vice-Pesident Androulla Vassiliou said on Tuesday in a speech at the opening of an exhibition entitled “The Amphora Project” at the EU House in Nicosia,

Vassiliou noted that Europa Nostra, played a pivotal role for the adoption of the decision to declare 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage and is one of the chief players. She stressed that the essence of the Year is “to encourage all of us to discover and engage with our national cultural heritage and that of our entire continent and hence reinforce our sense of belonging to a common European space.”

She said that Europa Nostra, together with the European Investment Bank Institute have initiated back in 2013 the “7 most endangered Monuments and sites programme in Europe” which aims to identify sites in danger and mobilize efforts to save them.

She went on to say that “one of the first 7 sites to have been identified as such, in 2013, is the Buffer Zone of Nicosia. That is why, 5 years after, and on the occasion of the EYCH we decided to organize a conference in Nicosia at the CVAR, not far from the Buffer Zone, in order to see what progress has been made, to learn from each other and discuss ways forward.”

Vasiliou said that that 12 artists chosen for “The Amphora Project” represent the cultural landscape of Cyprus and work in the fields of conceptual art, multimedia art, fine art, sculpture and ceramics and we are delighted with their enthusiasm and willingness to engage with this unique project.

The exhibition will be on display at the EU House in Nicosia until the 13th of November, after which it will travel to Vienna, Austria for the high-level closing ceremony of the European Year of Cultural Heritage on 6-7 December.

Source: Cyprus News Agency