22/09/2021 - Venice, universally recognised as one of the most endangered cultural and natural heritage sites, is the seat chosen by Europa Nostra to host the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 from 21-24 September. High level representatives from EU institutions and key heritage stakeholders from across Europe will gather to reaffirm the vital importance of cultural heritage for a sustainable and inclusive recovery of Europe.
The Summit is organised by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Union and in collaboration with a range of European and Italian partners. The Summit is held under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Italian Ministry of Culture.
The EUYO is delighted to take part in the following events of the Summit:
European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2021
23 September | 17.00-19.00 | Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
EUYO musicians will perform at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, which will celebrate the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 and of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2021. Europa Nostra’s Secretary General and EUYO Advisory Council member Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović hosts the ceremony, together with the renowned Italian writer and historian Alberto Toso Fei.
The ceremony will include performances by the EUYO of a selection of fanfares and dances, an excerpt from Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite, and the rousing baroque music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Battalia. The ceremony will be livestreamed with simultaneous interpretation in English and Italian.
Floating Autumn - Concert for the Future of Venice
23 September | 21.00-22.00 | Basilica del Santissimo Redentore
Palladio’s Basilica del Redentore, one of Venice’s greatest churches, is the location for this special concert focusing on the fragile looking future of Venice in the face of current levels of biodiversity loss and climate change. The concert will feature the world première of Floating Autumn, a re-composition by Italian composer Carmen Fizzarotti of Autumn from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as part of the The [Uncertain] Four Seasons project.
The [Uncertain] Four Seasons is a global project by AKQA, Jung von Matt and Hugh Crosthwaite designed to persuade political leaders to sign the Leaders Pledge for Nature, a pledge committing to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. Using an algorithmic re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons informed by current climate change predictions for 2050, it portrays in music the catastrophic climate effects that our cities can expect.
On 1 November 2021, in the hours leading up to COP26 in Glasgow, the concert will be broadcast along with those of many other versions of The [Uncertain] Four Seasons from around the world, in a 24-hour streaming event. Floating Autumn will be prefaced by 17 Strokes of the Bell for Sustainability, a piece premiered at the Rome 2019 Sustainability Conference, in which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda can be heard interwoven into the music. The concert will include readings by Venice expert Alberto Toso Fei, and music by Venice’s great trio of composers, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli and Antonio Vivaldi, and be recorded for future broadcast by the EUYO’s Broadcast Partner, Rai.
European Heritage Policy Agora
24 September | 09.30 – 13.15 | 14.15 – 16.30 | Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
The Agora will bring together policy-makers at all levels and key heritage stakeholders in a series of high-level debates on the most topical issues for the cultural heritage ecosystem in Europe.
Marshall Marcus, EUYO Secretary General, will take part in a panel discussion on Culture and Heritage as the basis of a New European Renaissance (14:15-15:30), with Silvia Costa, former MEP and Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament, and EUYO Advisory Council member, Basil Kerski, Director of the European Solidarity Centre, which won a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in 2021, and Hana Kohout, Project Assistant, Culture Hub Croatia & future European Commission Bluebook Trainee.
The Agora will be livestreamed with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Italian.