European Heritage Days

Journées européennes du patrimoine
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Theme for 2016: National Heritage Week "People and Place in 1916"
Date: 20-28 August

Description: People Make Places

Heritage Week has run in Ireland since 1998. It is the largest event on the heritage and cultural calendar every year serving a public that reaches across Ireland to include hundreds of towns and villages in promoting knowledge and engagement on all aspects of the national heritage.

In 2015 over 1,800 events took place across Ireland with the help of nearly 1,000 event organisers, across the public and private sector, hosting events and engaging with the public.

A free National Heritage Week Event Organisers Training Day to support organisers will be held in March 2016.

The programme of National Heritage Week events includes medieval fairs, wildlife walks, lectures, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, historic house open days and much more. Events range in size from large medieval festivals, attracting up to 9,000 people to small events attracting 50 people.

An awards programme is in place to showcase and recognise the effort and work of the event organisers who makes Heritage Week the success it is.

National Heritage Week has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we want that to continue. There is no better platform for the promotion of awareness of the richness and value in our national heritage.

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