Cultural Heritage without Borders’ Regional Restoration Camps have been selected as a winner of the 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award, under the category of education, training and awareness-raising.
“The Jury especially admired the sustained success of this project in providing practical training for young professionals and inter-regional networking opportunities. This success has been proven: since 2007,  participants from  countries have taken part in a succession of intensive, well-organised two-week camps in the Balkan region. The jury appreciated the involvement of master craftspeople and academic teachers from local and international institutions in providing this valuable learning environment.” [numbers updated since the submission of the nomination]
This prestigious award is given out yearly. This year’s 27 laureates were selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries and are honoured for achievements in four areas: conservation; research; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising. CHwB has won a Europa Nostra award once before, receiving the distinguished service medal in 2000.
For the 2014 awards, Europa Nostra is inviting the public to make their voice heard. Visit their website to vote on your favorite project among the 27 selected laureates. The deadline for voting is Sunday 20 April. The winner of the ‘Public Choice Award’ will be publicly announced and presented during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Vienna, on 5 May.
To vote, go to: http://vote.europanostra.org/
Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to vote as well!
Europa Nostra – the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe – is a growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. With its vast pan-European network of members (organisations and individuals), associates and partners, Europa Nostra is a highly influential lobby for cultural heritage. It also campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites and landscapes. In 2013, Europa Nostra celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The awards have been supported by the EU Culture Programme, which invested almost €40 million in co-financing heritage-related projects between 2007 and 2013.
See more photos and videos of all the winners on Europa Nostra’s Flickr page and YouTube channel.