On 30 June, the European Commission and Europa Nostra announced the 2022 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, funded by the EU Creative Europe programme.
This year, which marks the 20th anniversary of Europe’s most prestigious awards in the heritage field, 30 heritage achievements from 18 European countries have been awarded in five categories.
The project to restore St Andrew’s Church in Kyiv, Ukraine, is one of the winners in the ‘Conservation and Adaptive Reuse’ category.
“This comprehensive and well documented restoration has returned a monument with significant cultural and spiritual value to the people of Ukraine,” says the project dossier. “The church now functions as a museum and hosts church services, scientific and educational events and chamber music concerts.”
Among the winners in the ‘Citizens’ Engagement and Awareness-raising’ category is another Ukrainian project, World Vyshyvanka Day.
“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,” explains the project.
The winners will be celebrated on 26 September in Prague, at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, to be held at the recently restored State Opera.