European Year of Cultural Heritage


01 from April - 31 from December

Andorra is joining the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage with various activities to promote it among its citizens and visitors.

2018 has been designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Under the slogan “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”, the European Commission is aiming to spread awareness of the EU countries’ cultural wealth: a wealth with enormous potential, of great social importance and economic significance, which is essential to reach the biggest possible audience. Over the course of this year, it is estimated that around 70,000 events will take place, organised by member states, regions, towns and cities. Some longer, transnational events will also be celebrated.

Andorra will play host to a series of activities and initiatives all over the country, mainly focusing on written and immovable heritage.

Discover the European Year of Cultural Heritage here in Andorra!

This round-up highlights some of the main events:

Onca & Heritage concerts. This series of small-format concerts will mainly take place in churches that have never hosted this kind of activity before. The initiative is designed to highlight their value as heritage, as attendees can visit them while the cultural activity takes place. From 24 June to 9 September in:

  • Canillo. Sant Bartomeu de Soldeu, 17 July at 8 p.m. Santuari vell de Meritxell, 9 September at 6 p.m. Sant Joan de Caselles, 24 June, for the Sant Joan festival, at midday.
  • Encamp: Ràdio Andorra, 8 July at midday. Sant Miquel de la Mosquera, 24 July at 8 p.m. Sant Romà de les Bons, 6 September at 8 p.m. 
  • Ordino: Sant Pere del Serrat, 29 June, at 6 p.m.
  • La Massana: Sant Cristòfol d’Anyós, 5 August at midday. Sant Climent de Pal, 12 August at midday. Sant Andreu d’Arinsal, 12 August at 8 p.m.
  • Andorra la Vella: Sant Andreu d’Andorra la Vella, 22 July at 8 p.m.
  • Sant Julià de Lòria: Sant Serni de Nagol, 1 July at midday.
  • Escaldes-Engordany: Sant Miquel d’Engolasters, 1 July at 7 p.m. 

European Heritage Days. This event takes place every year in mid-September. This edition will focus on radio broadcasting and national archival heritage, with a series of conferences and talks.

“James Kirkup (South Shields, 1918 - Encamp, 2009)” exhibition. The display is a snapshot of the life and work of this English poet, translator and travel writer, who lived in Encamp for around twenty years. An Island in the Sky, one of some thirty books he authored, including novels, autobiographies and plays, will be published in Catalan at the end of the year. Plaça del Consell General and foyer of the Consell General building.

Banners hung with literary quotes from Andorran writers to promote our literary heritage. With texts by Josep Dallerès, Joan Peruga, Albert Villaró, Albert Salvadó, Isabelle Sandy, Esteve Albert, Teresa Colom, Josefina Obiols, Montserrat Marfany, David Gálvez, Iñaki Rubio, Ester Fenoll, Antoni Morell, Arnau Orobitg, Robert Pastor, Àlvar Valls, Marta Deu, Sergi Mas. The banners are spread out over central areas of each parish.

Photos on the roundabouts. Images of movable and immovable heritage are located on various roundabouts across the country. Until the autumn.

Unreleased documentaries. Coinciding with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, various unreleased documentaries on 1950s Andorran life will be screened, with the collaboration of the Arxiu Nacional services. October 25th at ARTALROC.

Exhibition on Pau Xavier d’Areny-Plandolit Plandolit (1876-1936), who, as well as being a taxidermist and doctor, invented various magic tricks and wrote the book Las Maravillas de la Magia Moderna (The Wonders of Modern Magic), and his son, Xavier d’Areny-Plandolit Gassó (1907-1982), founder of Revista de ilusionismo (Illusionism Magazine) and the Association of Illusionists of the Spanish State (ACAI in Spanish), who made a great contribution towards magicians’ professionalisation.

Exhibition on Isabelle Sandy, organised by the Arxiu Nacional, in which a book on her work will be presented, along with An Island in the Sky by writer James Kirkup, translated into Catalan.

For further information, more activities and other events for the European Year of Cultural Heritage: 
Tel.: (+376) 844 141

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