LA NOCHE DEL PATRIMONIO is an unprecedented world-class cultural and artistic event taking place simultaneously in the 15 Spanish World Heritage Cities. For one special night every September, the best of international contemporary dance, UNESCO World Heritage sites and local culture expressions  light up the cityscape of the 15 Spanish Heritage Cities with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

World Heritage sites as churches, palaces, museums open their doors with extended late night opening hours to delight locals and visitors with special guided tour, visual art exhibitions, music and theatre performances. Streets and squares are transformed as well into venues for site-specific pieces by the most acclaimed international artists, so that the entire city centres of the 15 Cities come alive for LA NOCHE DEL PATRIMONIO, guaranteeing a memorable night that truly holds something for everyone.

THE HERITAGE NIGHT 2020 12th September

The Spanish World Heritage Cities Group is delighted to present once again this year on Saturday, September 12th, THE HERITAGE NIGHT.

The third edition of Europe's largest UNESCO World Heritage celebration will consist of three different sections:

  • ABRE PATRIMONIO: Late-night opening hours of sites, museums and cultural spaces
  • VIVE PATRIMONIO: Expanded cultural and leisure programme in the historic centres
  • ESCENA PATRIMONIO: Contemporary Dance Festival in UNESCO Heritage sites

This year Heritage Night will also be available from home thanks the support of UNESCO Heritage Centre and several European World Heritage Associations

From end of August on the website you will find special selected content portraying the best of cultural heritage from the 15 World Heritage Cities and furthermore, throughout the whole HERITAGE NIGHT , we will stream live the 15 performances by acclaimed Spanish artists presented in the unique setting of the UNESCO World Heritage in the framework of the Dance Festival ESCENA PATRIMONIO.

Thanks to artist-in-residence programmes, every year we offer to world-class choreographers, the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work site-specific and in situ pieces for our Cities using the World Heritage Sites as live platform for dance creations and workshops.

The Festival promotes multidisciplinarity by inviting artists to approach dance from different perspectives; from modern and urban dance to the expressions of intangible heritage as flamenco and folk dance always in dialogue with contemporary arts and other genres as circus, video-creation and sound choreography.

Due to the global situation this edition of ESCENA PATRIMONIO will be mostly dedicated to Spanish artists, who will explore the themes of femininity and childhood in times of emergencies. The Festival strives to engage all audiences and consolidate the Spanish World Heritage Cities as platform for artistic creation.

Come or connect and join us for this unique celebration of dance, culture and World Heritage on 12th September!