Dear friends of the European Historic Houses Association,

As 2016 is coming to an end, it is with great pleasure that I am writing to you for our traditional Christmas greetings. This year has been particularly exciting for the European Historic Houses Association, and I am thus delighted to share all the good news that has enlivened the last few months.

Since the European Commission has announced the launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage for 2018, we have been working on possible new projects and partnerships in order to make this event a true success. We have been busy reinforcing our partnerships on the European level, especially through the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, an informal European sectoral platform composed of 37 European or international networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage. Next to this, we have been trying to make our member organisation enthousiast for this year on a national level, amongst other things by creating a working group. Our actions for 2018 are progressively taking shape and we look therefore to the future with great enthousiasm.

 The richness of our privately owned cultural heritage has no frontier

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 The European Year of Cultural Heritage is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shed light on this very truth and encourage political actors to develop European-wide solutions

Another fruitful initiative that has been developing in 2016, is the “Next Generation” group which has continued to gather more and more young (future) private owners of historic houses all across Europe. This organisation has been crucial in advancing our cause and will continue to make sure our rich privately owned cultural heritage will be handed down to future generations, hereby securing the perseverance of it.

The year 2017 appears to be a very promising year for the European Historic Houses Association, and our cause in general, especially regarding the preparation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, which will be of utmost importance to our association.

On that note, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year on this chilly winter’s day.

 

Very best regards,

Rodolphe de Looz-Corswarem and the team of the European Historic Houses Association