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Patrimoine pour tous :
Ensemble, faisons vivre le patrimoine

18-19 septembre 2021

Levez les yeux !
Les enfants du patrimoine

17 septembre 2021


Après une année marquée par la fermeture des établissements accueillant du public partout en France et en Europe, les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine célèbreront la réouverture des établissements patrimoniaux et offriront à tous une occasion de se rassembler. Le thème de cette édition « Patrimoine pour tous », porte l’ambition fédératrice de l’événement. Son esprit inclusif invite chacun à fêter la richesse de notre patrimoine national. Un focus particulier sera mis sur le patrimoine ferroviaire, témoin de l’histoire du rail dans notre pays.

Dès le vendredi 17 septembre, le public scolaire pourra participer à l’opération « Levez les yeux ! » en partenariat avec le ministère de l’Éducation nationale et de la jeunesse. Les élèves découvriront ou redécouvriront le patrimoine de leur région pour en apprendre l’histoire et les spécificités, en s’éveillant à l’importance de sa protection et de sa valorisation.

En Métropole et dans les territoires d’Outre-Mer, les propriétaires publics et privés de monuments historiques, les associations de sauvegarde et de valorisation du patrimoine, les restaurateurs et conservateurs de biens patrimoniaux, guides conférenciers et architectes répondront présent pour accueillir le public dans le respect des gestes barrière en vigueur.

Plus que jamais en cette année particulière, le ministère de la Culture et ses partenaires se mobilisent pour donner à chacune et chacun l’occasion de se retrouver, de partager, d’apprendre et de s’émerveiller ensemble.


Heritage for Everyone

After a year marked by the closure of establishments welcoming the public everywhere in France and Europe, the European Heritage Days will celebrate the reopening of heritage establishments and will offer everyone an opportunity to gather. The theme of this edition «Heritage for all», carries the unifying ambition of the event. Its inclusive spirit invites everyone to celebrate the richness of our national heritage. A special focus will be placed on railway heritage, witness to the history of rail in our country.

From Friday, September 17, the school children will be able to participate in the operation "Raise your eyes!" in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Youth. Students will discover or rediscover the heritage of their region to learn its history and specificities, awakening to the importance of its protection and enhancement.

In Metropolitan France and in the French overseas territories, public and private owners of historic monuments, associations for the preservation and enhancement of heritage, restorers and curators of heritage properties, Conference guides and architects will respond to welcome the public in the respect of the barrier gestures in force.

More than ever in this particular year, the Ministry of Culture and its partners are mobilizing to give everyone the opportunity to meet, share, learn and marvel together.

Additional information
European Heritage Days was created in 1984 by the French Ministry of Culture and takes place annually on the third week of September.

The 12 million visitors recorded in France each year confirms that for almost forty years this special celebration testifies the love of the French for history and arts. Such success lies in the great diversity of heritage offered: together with the masterpieces of civil or religious architecture, examples of industrial or agricultural activities, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, furnishings, literary or military heritage are also recognized.

Every year a national theme sheds light upon an original or innovative aspect of heritage, new openings and outstanding animations (guided visits, skill demonstrations, concerts, theatrical performances, themed itineraries). This enables local initiatives to be associated around the event and enhance structured communication.

Heritage continues to exert deep fascination through the countless traces left by communities over the centuries. The purpose of these Days is to lift the veil on our surrounding treasures that are sometimes forgotten and which deserve recognition equal to their wealth and uniqueness.The EHDs thus provide marvelous opportunities for the general public to discover public buildings (Élysée Palace, Senate, ministries, embassies, town halls, as well as theatres, hospitals, schools) and private buildings (villas, castles, factories) which open their doors for the first time, revealing their unique history or secret collections. Every year over 17 000 sites participate.

The event also highlights the expansion of the notion of thematic, as well as chronological heritage, which is embodied in territorial heritage policies.

Associating public and private initiatives represents a unique shared experience and highlights public policy through the work of those involved on a daily basis (usually voluntarily) in the knowledge, protection and enhancement of heritage.

Organisers
European Heritage Days are organised in France by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Direction générale des patrimoines (Ministry of Culture and Communication / Directorate General for Heritage) and implemented by the Directions régionales des Affaires culturelles (Regional Directorates of Cultural Affairs).


Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Direction générale des patrimoines
Département de la communication
Chargée de communication
182 rue Saint-Honoré
75033 PARIS Cedex 01
FRANCE