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2 minutes to read Posted on Tuesday July 13, 2021

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

portrait of Beth Daley

Beth Daley

Editorial Adviser , Europeana Foundation

Europeana highlights: April-June 2021

Every quarter we bring you a round-up of what's been going on across the Europeana Initiative. Highlights from April to June 2021 include bringing culture into discussions about Europe’s future as part of the New European Bauhaus, a new season of sport, and the launch of our spring programme of digital events.

Five people dressed in summer clothes, holding hands and dancing
Midsommarfirande hos Atanasios, Spetsai.
Society of Swedish Literature in Finland


Europeana supports the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We advocate for capacity building for digital change now and for the inclusion of the cultural heritage sector in discussions on Europe’s future. Recently, we’ve been hosting online ‘cafe’ events and encouraging our partners to share their inspiring examples to make sure that cultural heritage  is part of the discussion around the European Commission's New European Bauhaus initiative.

The discussion about culture in the future of Europe continued as part of Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 

We also support capacity building on a more day-to-day level, providing practical tools and resources for cultural heritage professionals, such as our new standardised question bank for investigating impact, and by sharing learnings derived from applications of the Europeana Impact Playbook.


On the Europeana website, we’re supporting the New European Bauhaus with great examples of how culture improves our everyday lives. We also highlight a great new tool to help teachers incorporate openly licensed digital resources and cultural content into their lessons. And we are celebrating the start of a long-overdue season of sport. Europeana Sport kicked off with activities linking in with EURO2020 and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Focus on Digital Storytelling

We want to help the cultural heritage sector to share their collections and to connect with their audiences. Digital storytelling can be a powerful tool in helping to achieve this. A series of articles and a webinar on Europeana Pro explored the topic of digital storytelling and the outcomes of a recent Task Force on the topic.

Advocating for openness

Europeana provides the cultural heritage sector with a voice advocating for better digital practices - that includes supporting the public domain and helping cultural heritage institutions to navigate the legalities to do with sharing their collections online. This season, we’ve looked at what has happened since the Copyright Directive was adopted, we hear from an expert on orphan works and from a project looking at the impact of copyright legislation in different countries.


A selection of some of the other most-read Europeana Pro News items from April to June 2021.


Our extensive digital programming continued with the first ever Europeana Aggregators’ Fair, plus the launch of our spring programme of events. Also, watch a webinar series on AI and find out about an event that looked at the impact of bringing research and digital culture together.