Top European speakers are coming to Finland on May 13th to participate in the Forum Sharing Heritage – Citizens Participating in Decision Making as part of the European Heritage Congress in Turku, May 11th–15th .

See the programme and subscribe in the address The keynotes and the workshop “New Tools of Heritage Activism” will be live-streamed in address

A Matter of Human Rights and Success of Cities

Citizens’ opportunities to participate in and affect the decision making of their own cultural heritage is a matter of human rights. The keynote speaker of the theme Mylène Bidault is a French/Swiss jurist specialised in international human-rights law. Working at the UN Human Rights Office OHCHR, she has assisted the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights ever since its creation. Bidault is the Vice President of the “Observatory of Cultural Diversity and Cultural Rights” NGO.

Lia Ghilardi, the Director of Noema Culture & Place Mapping will talk about Cultural Planning for Sustainable and Creative Communities. She is a member of the Academy of Urbanism, a British network of influential thinkers, professionals and decision-makers passionate about creating a better living for people in towns and cities. Her background is in urban sociology (Trento University, Italy).

Participation cases from York and Moscow

The core function of the Forum is to share inspiring and efficient models of citizens’ participation.

Lianne and Richard Brigham, Karen Brookfield (Heritage Lottery Fund) and Helen Graham (University of Leeds) will talk about the “York Past and Present” social media project that has engaged 12 000 people to follow the development of their home region.

Elena Olshanskaya will speak about the White City Project in Moscow and Russian Heritage NGO’s work.

The event will be opened by children from Kaustinen playing violin in a traditional way. Matti Hakamäki, the Director of the Folk Music Institute will introduce the role of civic participation in maintaining the violin heritage in Kaustinen.


After the keynotes there are three workshops “New Tools of Heritage Activism”, “How to Commit People, and Why?” and “Cases of Human Rights and Legislation”. The conversations continue in a boat trip to Seili island. The first boat is already fully booked, but if enough people register second boat will be available.

The keynote lectures and workshops are free of charge but participants are requested to register via the website Students of the University of Turku can follow the Forum via internet (Moodle). The video record of the Forum will be published afterwards on internet with free access.

The Forum is organised by Europa Nostra Finland in close cooperation with Europa Nostra and together with the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, the Turku University Foundation and the Åbo Akademi Foundation.

More information

Forum program:

Tapani Mustonen Tel. +358505695704,
Anna-Maija Halme, Tel. +358405368188,