10 years ago, on June 30, 2012, the news made the rounds of the media: the Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin won its bet, it is recognized as "Treasure of humanity"! It joins the prestigious List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, alongside "wonders of the world" such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China or the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. 

Transforming the pain of the mining past into pride in a unique heritage to be shared and valued, this inscription sounds like the detonator of a profound change. It will be followed by another event, a "crazy bet": the establishment of the Louvre in Lens. Today, the image of the mining basin has evolved. As proof, the territory is becoming a cultural and tourist destination, developing its economic attractiveness and creating jobs. 

2012-2022: what effect "UNESCO World Heritage" for the territory? The 4th edition of the World Heritage Mining Basin meetings brings together all the actors of the territory with the representatives of UNESCO to take stock of a decade of progress and highlight the challenges of the future.

On the program, testimonials and debates at the heart of the changes in a resilient, audacious and innovative World Heritage mining basin. 2022 will mark its new impetus. 

Concerts, shows, cultural action and mediation projects, participatory exhibition... More than a celebration, Le Bassin Minier has been mobilizing since January 2022 to make an impression by offering everyone exceptional moments of sharing. Rich in its history and its exceptional heritage, the Mining Basin is a model of resilience driven by an ecosystem of actors bringing together institutional partners, tourist and cultural operators, business clusters, artists...

Ten years after obtaining this prestigious recognition, it is therefore a question of mobilizing the whole territory around the values ​​of World Heritage and UNESCO.


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