A river winds its way through Ljubljana and the surrounding villages. A river that hides Slovenia’s most threatened cultural heritage. Now thousand-year-old jewelry, swords, pitchers and boats are being laboriously hauled out of the river mud, restored and exhibited.
Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage
The historical value of Europe’s cultural heritage is undisputed. The cultural sector is also a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.
However, decades of neglect has left many cultural sites in the beneficiary countries in need of restoration and modernisation. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's support to cultural heritage programmes in 14 beneficiary countries contributes to conserving and revitalising cultural and natural heritage and improving public accessibility.
Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.
Funding is available for entities registered in the 14 beneficiary countries. These may include civic associations, non-profit organisations and other public and private institutions active in the cultural field.
The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage is involved as a donor programme partner in several programmes in this field and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved. Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are also encouraged.
Project stories, news and features
In the centre of Sofia in Bulgaria, ancient ruins are being uncovered by a team of archaeologists. Through exhibition kiosks and quizzes on the digging sites, the goal is to make the inhabitants of Sofia curious about their history.
With its grand opening earlier this year, the new branch of the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk in Poland – the Shipwreck Conservation Centre in Tczew – has ensured access to maritime cultural heritage for generations to come.