winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

The 27 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards have been honoured during a ceremony attended by 1500 people at the Amsterdam’s historic concert hall, the ‘Concertgebouw’, on Friday the 10th of June 2011.

The awards were presented by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra. Six of the 27 winners have been named as ‘Grand Prix’ laureates in recognition of their outstanding heritage achievements.

“All the winners represent extraordinary accomplishments in cultural heritage and will serve as inspiration to professionals and volunteers, without whom in many cases our heritage would be at risk. Cultural heritage is an essential part of Europe’s cultural diversity and shared history; it brings together our past, present and future. It helps to regenerate neighbourhoods and brings people from different backgrounds together. It has also helped to make Europe the world’s top tourist destination and contributes significantly to the Union’s economy,” said Commissioner Vassiliou.

The six Grand Prix winners are:

Station Antwerpen Centraal (Antwerp Central Station), Antwerp, Belgium

Preindustrial buildings in Ademuz / Sesga, Ademuz, Valencia, Spain

The Hackfall woodland garden, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Architectural heritage of the buffer zone in the walled city of Nicosia, Cyprus

Szymon Modrzejewski, Uście Gorlickie, Poland

Weald & Downland open air museum, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
To find out the Jury’s comments on the Grand Prix projects see: http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/news3279_en.htm

More information on the 2012 applications can be found on: http://www.europanostra.org/apply-for-an-award-2012/