On 10 May, Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia informed Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe of the accession of Latvia to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes.
The Council of Europe certifies 5 new Cultural Routes
On 10-11 April, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) approved the certification of five new “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe”, bringing the programme to 38 certified routes:
Liberation Route Europe
European Route of Industrial Heritage
Le Corbusier Destinations : Architectural Promenades
Liberation Route Europe: new certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
Liberation Route Europe is an international remembrance network linking the main regions impacted by the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation in 1944-1945. The Route combines historical content with a multi-perspectivity approach, remembrace tourism and memory transmission tools at European level.
European Route of Industrial Heritage: new certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
With over 1,800 locations in all European countries, the European Route of Industrial Heritage invites visitors to explore the milestones of European industrial history. As places of a common European memory, they bear witness to scientific discoveries, technological innovation and workers lifes histories.
Le Corbusier Destinations : Architectural Promenades: new certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
Le Corbusier Destinations: architectural promenades narrate the life and achievements of one of the major architects of the 20th Century. The Association of Le Corbusier sites proposes a cultural route including 21 cities, 6 countries and 24 architectural sites built by Le Corbusier.
Iron Curtain Trail: new certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
The Iron Curtain Trail retraces the physical border stretching from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea dividing Easter and Western Europe for almost half a century following the end of the Second World War. This cyclable route of more than 10.000 Km features attractive and varied landscapes and unique habitats that emerged along the former border strip.
Routes of Reformation: new certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
The Routes of Reformation are the reflections of centuries of histories, when movements of Christianity all around Europe shared the will to change the institutions and break the status quo. Reformation Heritage is a set of tangible and intangible legacies from movements related to Christianity that took place across Europe mainly in the 16th Century, but rooted in ideas from the 12th Century onwards, which unfolded diverse regional and national characteristics.
On 10-11 April, the Annual Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA), which brought together the 32 Member States and Observers of the EPA, met at the Neumünster Abbey, in Luxembourg.
Italy: consultation on Cultural Routes in the Alpine Region (Routes4U, EUSALP)
On 2-3 April, the first Routes4U meeting for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) was held in Bard, Italy, and brought together representatives from European Institutions, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks and stakeholders from the cultural and tourism sectors.
Georgia: the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe presented at the Forum “Connecting cultures-shaping a creative future for Georgia and Europe”
On 6 and 7 May, the Forum “Connecting Cultures-Shaping a Creative Future for Georgia and Europe” was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Under the auspices of the Georgian Government, the Forum was an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.
Georgia: Kutaisi announced as the 2021 Annual Advisory Forum host city
On 28 May, the meeting “Cultural-routes-Georgia, Europe” was held at the Georgian National Museum, in Tbilisi. During the meeting, Kutaisi was announced as the host city for the Annual Advisory Forum 2021.
Luxembourg: EICR participates in the celebration of “Europe Day”
On 9 May, the European Institute of Cultural Routes participated in the celebration of the "Europe Day" at the Place d'Armes in Luxembourg. The event was the occasion to meet the general public and invite them to discover the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme as well as the various activities carried out by the EICR. A wide variety of brochures and communication materials offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the 38 certified Cultural Routes. The celebration was also animated by an interesting cultural and artistic programme.
On 17 April the EPA Secretariat and EICR staff met with Mr. Raimondo Sinibaldi, Mrs. Claudia De Zen and Mrs. Daniela Nardello, representatives of “Romea Strata” Cultural Route project, at the headquarters of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg. The meeting was the occasion to discuss their project in view of their future application to obtain the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certification.
Luxembourg: meeting with ATRIUM certified Cultural Route
On 29 April the EPA Secretariat and EICR staff met with Mrs. Elisa Giovannetti and Mrs. Claudia Castelluci, representatives of “ATRIUM - Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe’s Urban Memory”, at the headquarters of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg. The meeting was the occasion to discuss about the governance of the network, the General Assembly in Uble, Croatia and upcoming events such as the Cultural Routes Training Academy in Sweden and the Annual Advisory Forum in Sibiu, Romania.
Luxembourg: meeting with Danube Route of Emperors and Kings project
On 3 May the EPA Secretariat and EICR staff met with Mrs. Sandra Blöchl and Mr. Georg Steiner, representatives of “Danube Route of Emperors and Kings” Cultural Route project, at the headquarters of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg. The meeting was the occasion to discuss their project, explain Council of Europe cultural routes certification criteria and methodology as well as synergies with already certified networks.
On 22-24 May, the final transnational event in the framework of the CultPlatForm_21 project was held in Regensburg. The conference aimed at presenting the Danube region as an innovative space for culture and tourism, and was dedicated to the outcomes and future strategies of the project.