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Places to Grow - Heritage and Education 2020

Finland celebrates the European Heritage Days (EHDs) with common European themes. The 2020 European theme Heritage and Education has been adopted under the name of Places to Grow (FIN: Kasvun paikat, SWE: Plats för lärande)



The events highlight the importance of cultural heritage as a source of learning, growth and education.



Finland's plans for 2020 events emphasise the importance of the opportunities our immediate neighbourhoods provide for learning and growth. Knowledge and skills can be accumulated in libraries and museums, in clubs and courses, at sports grounds and on nature trails, or merely by learning to know our immediate neighbourhood better.



Former and current day-care centres, schools and educational institutions are also important places of learning and knowledge. Yards, gardens and parks as well as forests and landscapes all promote growth and learning.



Events organised throughout the year



The European Heritage Days are celebrated in Finland every year through hundreds of organised walks, exhibitions, village and neighbourhood celebrations and trips. Events are organised by museums, libraries, schools, youth and hobby clubs and different associations. Everyone interested is welcome to contribute to the programme of the European Heritage Days.



The EHD theme week will be celebrated between 7 and 13 September 2020, but events will be organised throughout the year. The International Landscape Day was celebrated for the first time in Finland in 2019 as part of the European Heritage Days. Event organisers can also produce programme for the International Landscape Day, which will take place on 20 October. All of the events will be compiled in a joint event calendar.



Schools will be invited to join



With the Places to Grow theme, schools and educational institutions will also be invited to plan and participate in the events. In Finland, children and young people are considered to play an important part in the preservation and use of the cultural environment now and in the future.



Children and young people in focus



The Heritage Makers is a storytelling competition designed in Finland to inspire children and young people to explore their immediate surroundings and cultural heritage. In 2018, the project was extended to the whole of Europe by inviting all under 18-year-olds to participate by sharing a photo and a story from close to their home. The concept encourages children and the young to observe, explore and analyse their immediate surroundings and, through this, to get involved and influence its development and cultural renewal.



FACT: European Heritage Days in Finland




  • The aim is to increase people’s understanding and appreciation of the cultural environment and to inspire them to actively protect and take good care of it.

  • The theme in Finland in 2020: Places to Grow

  • Everyone can organise events for the European Heritage Days in Finland

  • The International Landscape Day will be celebrated as part of the European Heritage Days in Finland

  • The EHD theme week will take place between 7 and 13 September 2020 and the International Landscape Day on 20 October 2020. Events will be organised throughout the year.



In Finland, the European Heritage Days are coordinated by a working group consisting of the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Local Heritage Federation, the Finnish Heritage Agency, the Finnish National Agency for Education and the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland.