Organise An Event or Project For National Heritage Week
Find out how easy it is to be part of National Heritage Week by organising your own event
National Heritage Week 2023
National Heritage Week 2023 is just around the corner, offering a fantastic opportunity to delve into the traditions, knowledge, and skills that have been passed down through generations. This year, the Heritage Council welcomes both in-person events and digital projects, catering to the growing interest in digital heritage initiatives. In this blog post, we'll explore how easy it is to organise an event, emphasising that anyone can be an event organiser, regardless of their level of interest in heritage. You can be driven by a passion for traditional skills and crafts instead. Let's dive in!
Events are Easy to Organise
Organising an event for National Heritage Week may seem daunting at first, but rest assured, it can be a straightforward process. Whether you're an individual, a community group, or an organisation, National Heritage Week encourages your participation. National Heritage Week provides an excellent platform to showcase and celebrate living heritage, allowing you to contribute to a nationwide event with your unique project or event.
There are plenty of resources to help you in this process. Explore a guide on what events and projects are here.
Anyone Can Be an Event Organiser
One of the most exciting aspects of National Heritage Week is that anyone can become an event organiser. You don't need to be a heritage expert or have prior experience in event planning. Whether you're an artist, a teacher, a local business owner, or simply an enthusiast, your dedication and creativity can bring an engaging and meaningful event or project to life. If you need some inspiration, look at the 2023 Event Ideas guide for some great suggestions.
No Need to Be Specifically Interested in Heritage
This year the theme of National Heritage Week is Living Heritage. Living Heritage celebrates the traditions, crafts and skills that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
Perhaps you are involved in a traditional skill group or organisation, or perhaps you are part of a weekly craft group, or play a traditional sport or game, the opportunities are endless. Whether it's woodworking, blacksmithing, basket weaving, or any other traditional craft, music, dance, sport or religious practice, your event can highlight the significance of these skills and their connection to our collective heritage.
Steps to Organise an Event for National Heritage Week 2023
Step 1: Register as an Organiser
Visit the National Heritage Week organiser page and create an organiser account through the Organisers' Portal. If you organised a project previously, you can use the same sign-in details as last year.
Step 2: Submit Your Event or Project:
Once registered, submit your event or completed project through the submission form available in the Organisers' Portal. Make sure to provide all the necessary details about your event, including its objectives, target audience, and any special considerations such as sustainability or inclusivity.
Step 3: Presentation Formats for Digital Projects:
If you're planning a digital project, consider the different formats in which you can present your results. This can include online talks, exhibitions, videos, podcasts, oral history recordings, PowerPoint presentations, blogs, newsletters, interviews with local media, or dedicated websites and social media accounts. The aim is to share your project widely and engage a broader audience.
Step 4: National Heritage Week Timeline:
National Heritage Week 2023 will take place from Saturday, August 12th, to Sunday, August 20th. Ensure your event or project aligns with this timeline and plan your activities accordingly. Remember to document your outputs during National Heritage Week and submit them before Tuesday, August 23rd.
Step 5: Enjoy and Share the Experience:
Once your event or project is approved and listed on the National Heritage Week website, it's time to enjoy the festivities! Explore Ireland's rich heritage, participate in other events, and be sure to share your experiences and knowledge with others. Embrace the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and contribute to the preservation of living heritage.
So what are you waiting for, time to get out there, explore and see how you can share Living Heritage with others.