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European Heritage Label

Since 2014, the European Heritage Label has been awarded to sites which

  • have a significant European symbolic value
  • represent common European history
  • promote European values which are fundamental for social harmony in Europe

At a EU ceremony on 26 March 2018, the network of nine authentic music heritage sites and the Leipzig Music Trail was awarded the European Heritage Label.
According to an assessment by the European jury, the Leipzig sites network represents “the dynamic continuity of a special European tradition of music and civic commitment.“
This is a permanent award and must be jusitified by the EU every four years.

Subjects covered in the Leipzig Application       

  • St Thomas Church with St Thomas Boys Choir
  • St Nicholas Church
  • Old St Nicholas School
  • Leipzig Bach Archive in Bose House
  • University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ (main building at Grassistraße)
  • Mendelssohn House
  • Schumann House
  • Grieg Memorial Centre at Publisher CF Peters House
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus
  • Leipzig Music Trail (as a framework for the application and mediation network)
  • Project “European Music Trails” (Project Management Agency Notenspur Leipzig e.V.)

History of the Leipzig Application

  • 2006 – Proposal by the Music Trail initiative to attempt an entry into the UNESCO World Heritage List with the authentic composers‘ sites
  • 2012 – Filing of the Leipzig application “Leipzig Music Trail – Sites of European Music History“ for the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • 2014 – Recommendation by the Conference of German Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs to file the application for the newly created European Heritage Label instead of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • 2015 – Filing of the application for the European Heritage Label with Leipzig Music Heritage Sites, the Leipzig Music Trail and the Project “European Music Trails“
  • 2016 – Nomination of this application as a proposal of Germany and filing with the EU by the Conference of German Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs

2017, December – Positive vote by the European jury regarding Leipzig‘s application