Finally, our project Museos Vivos-Living Museums, is the only Spanish project that will compete for one of the Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA 2022), in the fourth edition of these awards.

This has been confirmed through its website and social networks by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), indicating that they received 111 applications from 24 countries, of which only 24 projects have been selected, among which is, as the only representative of Spain, Museos Vivos-Living Museums.

A jury will now decide the winners of the different categories. Museos Vivos-Living Museums participates in the Digital Futures category, which includes innovation and new technologies. Its bet is the "Smart" system developed to be able to open to the public 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, a network of 70 museums located in small rural towns in Castilla y León, Galicia and the Czech Republic.

This system makes up for the lack of resources of these rural municipalities to be able to show their heritage and ethnographic wealth and allows in a comfortable and simple way to attract visitors to the locality, as well as to monitor the operation of these cultural spaces and the evolution of the visits.

Museos Vivos-Living Museums will compete in the Digital Futures category with five other projects from Austria, Estonia, Finland and Ireland. All of them have been selected because they show the benefits of digitization in rural communities. This year the theme of the Rural Inspiration Awards is "The future is youth".

The proposal of this network of rural museums to the RIA Awards has been supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Rural Network, which selected it along with eight other Spanish rural development projects, although in the final selection made in the European network only Museos Vivos-Living Museums has passed.

In addition to the official jury prize, there will be another award by popular vote. Therefore, on the ENRD website all participating projects are displayed and the public is given the option, via a link, to vote for their favorite. The popular vote will be open until October 4 at 12:00 noon. The link Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2022: The Future is Youth | The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) (

The award ceremony, both jury and popular vote, will take place on October 6 in Brussels.

The objectives of the RIA Awards are to increase visibility in the fields of agriculture and rural development, showcase innovative initiatives that affect rural communities, recognize projects in rural areas involving young people, and promote knowledge exchange and networking among individuals and/or entities, presenting examples of good practices.