VOTE for the Public Choice Award 2022

Discover the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 and vote to decide who will win this year’s Public Choice Award!
  • You must vote for 3 projects.
  • Your first vote counts for 3 points, your second vote for 2 and the third vote for 1. The winner of the Public Choice Award will be determined by the total number of votes.
  • You cannot vote for the same country more than once, unless the project includes several countries.
  • You can leave a comment for your favourite project(s) to be potentially featured in the Europa Nostra website.
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  • Deadline for voting is 11 September 2022.
The Public Choice Award winner will be announced on 26 September 2022 at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Prague. You can follow the livestream here: https://www.europanostra.org/european-heritage-summit

The winner will receive a monetary prize of 10.000 EUR and a trophy. The Public Choice Award is only eligible to winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards that come from countries that are signatories of the Creative Europe programme.
Aachen Battery, Atlantikwall Raversyde, West-Flanders, BELGIUM (Conservation)


Aachen is the only German WWI coastal battery  of which much of its structure remains, making its history very visible. This gives the restoration and regeneration of the site  great European significance and pedagogical value.  The site’s physical accessibility has been greatly improved and special attention was paid to not disturbing the ecosystem of the surrounding dune landscape.

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Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, FRANCE (Conservation)


Villa E-1027 was designed in the 1920s by the Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray with the Romanian architect Jean Badovici. Its complete restoration include jd all interior objects and materials and included advanced systems to avoid corrosion. It is exemplary for the future preservation of Modernist Architecture.

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Monument of Episkopi, Sikinos, GREECE (Conservation)


This impressive Roman mausoleum was converted to a Byzantine church meaning it was continuously used and has therefore survived nearly intact. Meticulous research was combined with cautious conservation, resulting in a high-quality restoration project. Thanks to the restoration, the local community wants to reinstate its vital bond with this cultural heritage site for example by celebrating important feast days that were celebrated there in the past.

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Atlungstad Distillery, Ottestad, NORWAY (Conservation)


Established in 1855, this is the oldest Norwegian distillery still in use. Its rehabilitation included the reuse of the old machinery restoring the building’s industrial character and giving it new socio-cultural purposes. The collaborative restoration has transformed it into meeting venues, catering facilities and a small museum thus creating an active and financially viable industrial heritage site.

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Convent of the Capuchos, Sintra, PORTUGAL (Conservation)


Built in 1560, this monastic complex in the native forest of Sintra breathes spiritual devotion and asceticism. All buildings and their decorative features were restored, combining traditional techniques and innovative solutions.

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House of Religious Freedom, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA (Conservation)


This 15th-century building is one of the oldest and most significant in Cluj-Napoca. After a decade-long restoration process, the townhouse was reopened as a cultural centre dedicated to the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance.

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Illa del Rei, Menorca, SPAIN (Conservation)


The rehabilitation of Illa del Rei is the result of a fruitful collaboration between a foundation established by local volunteers, who turned the naval hospital built in 1711 into a museum, and art gallery Hauser & Wirtha, which restored and sensitively repurposed the Langara outbuildings.

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St. Andrew’s Church, Kyiv, UKRAINE (Conservation)


This comprehensive and well documented restoration has returned a monument with significant cultural and spiritual value to the people of Ukraine. The church now functions as a museum and hosts church services, scientific and educational events and chamber music concerts.

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Heritage Opportunities/threats within Mega-Events in Europe (HOMEE), CYPRUS / ITALY / POLAND / UNITED KINGDOM (Research)


This project investigated the opportunities and challenges of organising mega-events in heritage cities and established an important quality framework for future events.

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SILKNOW, FRANCE / GERMANY / ITALY / POLAND / SLOVENIA / SPAIN (Research)


This Horizon 2020 project produced a comprehensive intelligent computational system that goes beyond current technologies to improve our understanding and knowledge of Europe’s silk heritage.

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Heritage Quest, THE NETHERLANDS (Research)


This large-scale citizen science project in the field of archaeology has uncovered new archaeological objects and combined state-of-the-art technologies with the building of community.

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Safeguarding of Sicilian Puppet Theatre, ITALY (Research)


This project proposes measures to safeguard, promote and sustainably manage the intangible heritage of Sicilian Puppet Theatre.

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Masters and Apprentices, FINLAND (Education, Training and Skills)


Younger and older generations are brought together on equal terms in this project, to collaborate on shared activities around cultural heritage – an exciting new model for the transmission of intangible heritage.

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International Course on Wood Conservation Technology, NORWAY (Education, Training and Skills)


The cross-disciplinary approach to this course allows professionals from different backgrounds and countries to further their education and expertise within the field of wooden heritage.

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TISH Jewish Food Festival, Warsaw, POLAND (Education, Training and Skills)


Through this celebration of Jewish food heritage, participants talk about their shared history, combat stereotypes and break down barriers through a series of culinary workshops and food tastings.

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Piscu School Museum and Workshop, ROMANIA (Education, Training and Skills)


Cultural heritage, contemporary art and ceramics come together to generate a cultural and educational hub in a former pottery factory. Summer schools, workshops and cultural events help transmit this fascinating heritage.

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Sewn Signs, ROMANIA (Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)


This project helps pass on the skills and knowledge around the traditional Romanian shirt and makes a strong statement against the “fast fashion” industry.

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Symphony, SPAIN (Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)


With an immersive audiovisual experience, Symphony raises greater awareness and appreciation for the heritage of classical music among new generations.

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Rivers of Sofia, BULGARIA (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


By means of pop-up architectural interventions and cultural and educational events, this initiative made the artificial river beds of Sofia publicly accessible spaces – for the first time in 80 years – and increased their visibility.

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Return to the Sámi Homeland, FINLAND (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


A thoughtful programme of public dialogue preceded the return of an important collection of Sámi cultural heritage from the National Museum of Finland to the Sámi Museum Siida and represents a very important example of the effective restitution of heritage.

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Swapmuseum, Apulia, ITALY (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


Swapmuseum enables collaborations between museums and young people in the museums’ daily practice to help refresh and enrich small, local cultural institutions.

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Va’ Sentiero, ITALY (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


A three-year grassroots expedition by a group of young enthusiasts who walked and documented the 8000 km of Sentiero Italia, the longest hiking route in the world. 3000 participants from 10 countries and many local communities took part.

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“Lumbardhi Public Again” Project, Prizren, KOSOVO * (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


Lumbardhi Public Again is a successful initiative to save the historic Lumbardhi Cinema from privatisation and demolition. Their activities have reclaimed the cinema as a heritage site which has become a vibrant centre for cultural activities.

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Museum in the Village, PORTUGAL (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


This cultural programme brings together museums, artists and communities to enjoy art and culture, learn about and revive local folklore and heritage and improve access to cultural activities in rural areas.

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PAX-Patios de la Axerquía, Córdoba, SPAIN (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


This is an innovative system of governance for heritage buildings that fosters a new model of urban regeneration through social innovation in a heritage context, based on the rehabilitation of the abandoned patio-houses (casa de vecinos) of Córdoba.

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Wikipedra, SPAIN (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


Wikipedra utilises citizens’ science to develop a knowledge database that could save the dry-stone heritage of Spain and border regions from oblivion through a website and mobile app.

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World Vyshyvanka Day, UKRAINE (Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising)


What began as a small student mob is now an annual holiday celebrated internationally that helps preserve the iconic Ukrainian embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka) as an important element of the heritage of the Ukrainian people.

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Costa Carras †, Athens, GREECE (Heritage Champions)


For over 50 years, Costa Carras worked tirelessly in favour of Greece’s and Europe’s cultural and natural heritage to create a more sustainable, inclusive and beautiful world for future generations. He was a visionary conservationist, an eminent historian and a true European.

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La Paranza Cooperative, Naples, ITALY (Heritage Champions)


This cooperative of young friends has worked, since the early 2000s, to transform the catacombs of Naples into a vibrant attraction for visitors, also bringing about the tangible revitalisation of the Sanità neighbourhood.

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Elzbieta Szumska, Zloty Stok, POLAND (Heritage Champions)


With her tireless dedication, Elzbieta Szumska helped transform the former gold mine of Kopalnia Zlota, located in the small town of Zloty Stok, into one of Poland’s most well-known tourist attractions.

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