Seminar of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Book publishing event: Heritage is ours – Citizens participating in decision-making


12 March 2018, 13:00–18:00

Participate online:

Ritarihuone (the House of Nobility), Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

Evening program 18:00–23:00

What is your vision for heritage participation in the future?

Come and formulate the future of civic participation! Europa Nostra Finland is pleased to announce its second seminar on citizen participation in heritage matters. The seminar is free and open to everybody.

The seminar will coincide with the launch of a book based on the first seminar “Sharing heritage – citizens participating in decision making ”, which was arranged as a part of the European Heritage Congress held in Turku, in May 2017. See the conclusions of the first seminar Turku Manifesto: Taking Part in Cultural Heritage Matters

Registration is closed. The event is also available online in the address 



Chair: Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen, emeritus Professor of Archeology

13:00   Welcome by Tapani Mustonen
Chair of Europa Nostra Finland

13:15   Why is Europa Nostra interested in participation?
Astrid Weij, Europa Nostra Board Member

13:30   The importance of citizen participation now and in the future in a Finnish municipality, in Finland, and in Europe
Dr Katriina Siivonen, Senior Lecturer, Vice-Director, Adjunct Professor, University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Finland Futures Research Centre

13:50  Heritage participation as politics – unlocking the transformative potential of heritage
Dr Višnja Kisić, Researcher at the Centre for Museology and Heritology, UNESCO Chair, MA in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts in Belgrade

14:10   What level of participation is required by law – Is it adequate?
Mika Seppälä, Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court


15:00   Coffee

15:20   Participative planning and future digitalisation opportunities
Leena Rossi, Head of Urban Planning for the City of Jyväskylä

15:40   ‘Bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ participation
Dr Suzie Thomas, Professor of Cultural Heritage studies 

16:00   Comment: Bottom-up is good – in theory. What happens if a citizen is very active?
Activist Esko Matti Pulkkinen, Turku 

16:15   Introduction to the book
Anna-Maija Halme, European Heritage Congress 2017 / EYCH 2018 coordination, Europa Nostra Finland

16:30   Concluding discussion: The future of heritage participation in Europe
Chairs: Astrid Weij and Višnja Kisić

Evening programme – Citizens’ activism to save industrial heritage 

A heritage tram from 60’s will take us to a tour.

18.00  A guided tram ride: The House of Nobility – Kallio – Konepaja area – Kaapelitehdas, founder of the Konepaja movement, Antti Möller (free of charge)
19:00 Guided tour of Kaapelitehdas, an old Nokia cable factory transformed into “The biggest and most diverse cultural centre in Finland”,  heritage activist, Architect Pia Ilonen (free of charge)


19:30   Dinner, Restaurant Hima & Sali, Kaapelitehdas

(€60 per person, drinks included, see the menu)


The book and the seminar has been financed by The Ministry of the Environment, The Ministry of Education and Culture, Turku University Foundation, Åbo Akademi, Åbo Akademi Foundation and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Additional information

Anna-Maija Halme
Coordination, Finland
European Heritage Congress 2017 Turku /
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Project
Europa Nostra Finland
Kalevankatu 13 A 5, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
+358 40 536 8188
Twitter: @europanostraFI


Photo:  Helen Graham, Lianne Brigman and Richard Brigham in the Seminar I (Forum) Sharing heritage – citizens participating in decision-making. Photo: Felix Quaedvlieg.