EU heritage prize for buffer zone’s Home for Cooperation
Located in a historic building in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, opposite the Ledra Palace Hotel, the Home for Cooperation has been awarded a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award for cultural heritage. The Home for Cooperation, launched by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in 2011, encourages both communities to engage in historical research, cultural activities, dialogue and peace-building.
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is the most prestigious accolade in the cultural heritage sector and covers four areas: conservation; research and digitisation; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising.
There are 27 overall winners, including the Cypriot winner that is one of 13 in Category 1. In all, there were 160 nominated projects across 30 countries.
The Burgtheater in Vienna will host the award ceremony on 5 May under the patronage of the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer. Plácido Domingo, the internationally-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, will present the awards jointly with Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Six of the winners will be named ‘Grand Prix laureates’ and receive €10,000 each with one receiving the Public Choice Award as a result of an online poll conducted earlier by Europa Nostra. The Prize aims to promote high-quality skills and standards in conservation as well as celebrating excellence in cultural heritage work.
To celebrate the award, a plaque is to be unveiled in Nicosia on Tuesday September 16th by Androulla Vassiliou joined by Irina Subotic, Vice-president of Europa Nostra, Ingrid Schulerud, Ambassador for the European Economic Area and Norway Grants, Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmanci and Constantinos Yiorkadjis the Lefkosia mayor.