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Europa Nostra Awards 'Textile from Georgia'

By Mariam Chanishvili
Friday, May 18
The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were announced by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network.

The majority of the awarded projects are located in EU member states but projects in Georgia, Norway and Turkey were also awarded.

The research project Textile from Georgia is among this year’s winners.

Independent jury examined 160 applications, submitted by organizations and individuals from 31 countries across Europe, and selected the winners.

Textile from Georgia is an impressive and ambitious research project which aimed to investigate the long history of Georgian textiles, to refresh the forgotten craft techniques, and to transmit knowledge of these techniques to contemporary society. The Art Palace of Georgia collaborated with the George Chubinashvili National Research Centre and other state institutions for Georgian art history and heritage preservation in the research and execution of the project.

Citizens from around Europe and the rest of the world can now vote online for the Public Choice Award and mobilize support for the winning achievement(s) from their own or another European country.

“I warmly congratulate this year’s 'heritage champions' who have been selected as winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards," said Placido Domingo, the renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra. "We are deeply impressed by the exceptional skills, creativity, commitment and generosity of so many heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe. They deserve every praise and further support. Our Award winners are living proof that our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to understanding our present and a resource for our future. We must therefore use the European Year of Cultural Heritage to recognise the value of our shared cultural heritage for the future of Europe” stated the President of Europa Nostra, Placido Domingo.

Europa Nostra Awards was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and has been organized by Europa Nostra since then.

The award aims to promote the best practices related to heritage conservation, management, research, education and communication.

The Prize honors up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements from all parts of Europe every year. All the winners receive a certificate as well as a plaque or trophy. The Grand Prix laureates receive ˆ10,000 each.

There are different categories including conservation, research, education, training and awareness-raising and dedicated service by individuals or organizations.