Journées du patrimoine

How is culture celebrated in France?

France is known for its culture, historical sites and festivals. So of course there is also a festival to celebrate France's heritage!
Learn how, during a weekend, the French celebrate their culture and heritage in our blog article.

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A weekend only about culture?

Every year in September, the “Journées du patrimoine” ( European heritage days) take place. During one weekend, museums, churches, castles, town halls and many more open their doors to draw attention to France's unique cultural heritage. Most of the visits are free of charge and take places in monuments that are usually closed to the public!

The 38th event of the Journées du patrimoine in France will be celebrated on 18 and 19 September 2021 under the theme “Cultural heritage for all!”: Concerts, guided tours, exhibitions and readings are included in the programme, which is particularly adapted to disabled people this year.
On Friday 17 September, on the eve of the event, students will be invited to discover their heritage under the guidance of their teachers.

But culture is much more than historic buildings… This year, as part of the European Year of Rail, the French railway heritage will be showcased in a special way. #EUYearofRail

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When nature rhymes with culture – The French National Parks

Don´t forget!
Besides its rich cultural heritage, France also has a unique natural heritage: the ten national parks in France attract more than 8.5 million visitors every year. During the “Journées du patrimoine”, visitors are given free access to famous and lesser known French regional reserves.

Since 2014, the French Ministry of Ecology has been working with the Ministry of Culture to promote French natural heritage. Together they organise awareness-raising visits to the protected areas of France.

Discover some of these unique natural spaces in our blog article

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European Heritage Days – How does Europe celebrate?

Since France first dedicated an entire day to its heritage in 1983, the idea has been adopted by more and more countries in Europe. In 1991, the “European Heritage Days” were finally institutionalised by the Council of Europe and now take place in 50 countries with more or less grandeur.

Iceland, Ireland, Slovenia and many more, have organised special events this year to celebrate their culture and heritage on this very special occasion.

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