The Hansa, certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in 1991, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the programme during the International Hanseatic Days, which took place in Kampen (Netherlands) from 15th to 18th June. On 17th June, following the speech of Bernd Saxe, Mayor of Lübeck (Germany) and President of The Hansa network, Stefano Dominioni (Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes / Executive Secretary of the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe) delivered a speech about Cultural Routes programme during the plenary session, attended by more than 300 participants.
"Water connects" was the 2017 motto: small-scale concerts, street market, theatre, parades and open doors of hanseatic buildings took place all over Kampen. At the time of the medieval Heanseatic League, the member towns and cities met on a “Hanse Day” in order to agree on joint action. The tradition was revived in 1980 by the new HANSA, enabling members to exchange ideas and experience, make acquaintances and celebrate. The network of cities acts as authentic channel for promoting a better knowledge and understanding of our European cultural identity while respecting our cultural diversity.
Facebook photo album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CultureRoutes/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154421433726432
Official Video of the event: https://youtu.be/LLnxj8DKJhg
More information about the Hansa: http://www.hanse.org/en/