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September 23-25: Museums, Sites Free in Greece for European Heritage Days

Archaeological site of Delphi, Greece. Photo source: Ministry of Culture

Greece celebrates European Cultural Heritage Days this year with free admission from September 23 to 25 to state museums, archaeological sites and landmarks under the shared theme: “Sustainable Heritage”, the Greek culture ministry announced.

In its 26th year, the European Cultural Heritage Days events, exhibitions, workshops, performances, and guided tours will explore ways heritage contributes to a more sustainable future.

In the context of environmental change, events this year will cast the spotlight on people and places; continuity and learnings from traditions, actions organizers and visitors can take to be more environmentally friendly, as well as how constructed and natural heritage contributes to a more sustainable future, particularly in view of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

“This year’s theme encourages people to look at their heritage from a different perspective, be inspired and demonstrate the sustainability promoted by the European Green Deal,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

“It is a great opportunity for us all to acknowledge how heritage from the past shapes our present and influences our future. In parallel, sustainable heritage is an opportunity to build responsible participation in the legacy of our shared European heritage,” she added.

More specifically in Greece, European Heritage Days will focus on protecting cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) and raising awareness on the importance of the continuity and promotion of traditions and skills locally, nationally, and outside European borders.

Additionally, events will look into the use of sustainable resources and materials as part of efforts to reduce the environmental footprint so as to ensure historic sites and monuments are accessible to current and future generations.

Organizers in Greece note that some events may be seen via live streaming. More info (in Greek) here.

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