On the theme «Europe of the Gardens», the annual French event is being exported this year to 15 countries, including Germany, to celebrate the European Year of Heritage.

Françoise Nyssen, French Minister of Culture and Monika Grütters, Delegate of the German Federal Government for Culture and Media and Minister of State, had an appointment this morning in the gardens of the Palais-Royal to celebrate the launch of the 16e edition of the «Rendez-vous aux Jardins» on the theme of «L'Europe des Jardins». In total, more than 2,500 parks and gardens in Europe are opening their doors to the public and especially to school children between 1 January and 1 Octoberer and on June 3.

Following the meeting on the theme of gardens, Madame Grütters was awarded the insignia of officer in the order of Arts and Letters by her French counterpart, Madame Nyssen. Together, they presided in the early afternoon the award ceremony of the Franz Hessel Prize to writers Michel Jullien and Fatma Aydemir: the objective of this prize, organized in partnership with Villa Gillet (in Lyon) and the Genshagen Foundation (in Berlin), is to allow a better mutual knowledge of French and German literatures, and to encourage the culture of translation, a major challenge for the development of exchanges - artistic, intellectual, economic - between our two countries, with a view to opening up to Europe and the international community.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage

Proposed by Germany and supported from the outset by France, the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage is being implemented in some thirty European countries. It promotes heritage as a central element of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, to promote best practices to ensure the conservation and safeguarding of heritage and to develop its knowledge among a broad and diverse public (decision of 17 May 2017).

Rendezvous im Garten

On the occasion of the European Heritage Year 2018, the German National Committee for Heritage Conservation (DNK), the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the French Institute of Germany and the German Gardens Network in Germany (DGGL) have together developed the idea of associating the German «Day of Parks and Gardens» with the «Rendez-vous aux jardins» French. Thus, Germany follows the French initiative and, during the first weekend of June, a hundred gardens and parks, renowned or unknown, public or private, open their doors to unusual daytime and nighttime schedules by offering various activities to the general public and, in the tradition of the French neighbour, to schoolchildren (Friday, June 1, 2018). The Federal Government Delegate for Culture and the Media fully supports – also financially – this operation as one of the 40 projects of national scope carried out on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

See you at the Gardens

«Rendez-vous aux Jardins» gathers every year since 2003 more than 1.8 million visitors, enthusiasts and neophytes in more than 2,200 parks and open gardens throughout France to take advantage of 3,500 animations specially set up to give them the opportunity to (re)discover this rich heritage.