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7th Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Advisory Forum 2017 - Follow-up

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:30

 

30 years of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe:
Building dialogue and sustainable development through European values and heritage (27 - 29 September 2017, Lucca, Italy) - FOLLOW-UP

From the 27th to 29th September 2017, the Council of Europe's Cultural Routes Programme celebrated its 30th anniversary on the occasion of the 7th Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Forum, organized by the Council of Europe, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Tuscany Region, the Province of Lucca, the City of Lucca and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, has brought together in Lucca (Italy) almost 400 participants from more than 30 countries, European and extra-European.  Representatives of 28 Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe and 20 cultural route projects were present, as well as delegates from 20 Member States of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, of the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNESCO, ICOMOS and the World Tourism Organization.

European Networks working on ethical and sustainable tourism issues, Universities working on Cultural Routes and organizations engaged in cultural cooperation between Europe and other countries have participated, by providing open and rich debates and exchanges.

The first opening debate was presented by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who underlined the role of Cultural Routes as tools for creative, multi-disciplinary, intercultural exchanges, which "constitute a creative bridge between our past and our present."

During the three days of workshops and interactive debates, the Forum deepened the theme of "Promoting dialogue and sustainable development through European values and heritage" through three main themes:

-30 years of Cultural Routes: history, values and perspectives;

-Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism: democratic participation, local development and accessibility;

-the promotion of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and the role of culture in international relations.

A prize-giving Ceremony to the personalities who have marked the history of the Cultural Route Programme took place on the evening of Wednesday 27th September to Teatro del Giglio, in conjunction with the graduation ceremony created for certified Cultural Routes.

On 29th September a B2B session was organized in cooperation with ETOA (European Tourism Association) to facilitate the meeting between the 28 Cultural Routes representatives present and about thirty tour operators, bloggers, and other active organizations in the field of cultural and responsible tourism.

The Cultural Routes contributed to the drafting of the Road Map of Lucca, a document intended to indicate the actions which the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe mean to implement in order to achieve the objectives indicated in the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe "30th anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (1987-2017)".

Next year, the Annual Advisory Forum will be held in Görlitz, Germany.
 

Wednesday 27th September 2017


OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE VII ANNUAL ADVISORY FORUM

Welcoming remarks

  • Luca MENESINI, President, Lucca Province
  • Alessandro TAMBELLINI, Mayor, City of Lucca
  • Maria Laura SIMONETTI, Prefect, Lucca Province

Opening statements

  • Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe
  • Monica BARNI, Vice-President, Tuscany Region
  • Alfredas JOMANTAS, President, Governing Board, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe (EPA)
  • Barbara ZECHES, Vice-President, European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg

Other statements

  • Barbara TOCE, Vice-President, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
  • Catherine LALUMIERE, Former Secretary General, Council of Europe (video-message)
  • Carla DI FRANCESCO, Future Secretary General, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italy
  • Francesco PALUMBO, Director General of Tourism, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italy
  • Silvia COSTA, Member of the European Parliament, Former President of the Committee on Culture and Education
  • Stefano CIUOFFO, Counsellor for Productive Activities, Credit, Tourism and Commerce, Tuscany Region

Accession Ceremony for EPA Member States who joined the Partial Agreement during 2017: Finland, Poland, San Marino

CELEBRATION OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CULTURAL ROUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE PROGRAMME (Teatro del Giglio)

Alfredas JOMANTAS, President, Governing Board, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe

Awards ceremony for the personalities who have marked the history of the Cultural Routes programme:

  • Marcelino OREJA Y AGUIRRE, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Catherine LALUMIERE, Former Secretary General, Council of Europe
  • José Maria BALLESTER, Former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Council of Europe
  • Raymond WEBER, Former Director General, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, Council of Europe
  • Erna HENNICOT-SCHOEPGES, Former President, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Guy DOCKENDORF, Former President, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Michel THOMAS-PENETTE, Former Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes

Ceremony for the certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Concert “Puccini Opera and Jazz”

 

Thursday 28th September 2017


PLENARY SESSION

Keynote Speech

  • Pier Luigi SACCO, Professor of Economy of Culture IULM University, Milan

2018: European Year of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

  • Erminia SCIACCHITANO, Policy Officer, Culture, Heritage, Economy of Culture, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

Introduction to the Forum Workshops and Forum methodology

  • Stefano DOMINIONI, Executive Secretary, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe. Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Eleonora BERTI, Council of Europe Cultural Routes Project Coordinator, European Institute of Cultural Routes

WORKSHOPS 1 - 30 years of Cultural Routes history, values, and future perspectives gathered eminent personalities, who played a role in the development of the Cultural Routes. The speakers provided insights on the values and objectives according to which the Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, remarking how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributed and still contributes to a shared cultural heritage. The excursus developed and the reflections put forth during the workshop stressed the role of the Cultural Routes in promoting the Council of Europe founding principles of human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity, mutual understanding and exchanges across boundaries. The session explored not only the history of the programme, but also the challenges Cultural Routes are facing today and, in a forward-looking perspective, the strategies for the coming years.

Moderators

  • Mike ROBINSON, Director, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Stefano DOMINIONI, Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes

Speakers

  • José Maria BALLESTER, Former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Council of Europe
  • Raymond WEBER, Former Director General, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, Council of Europe
  • Kimmo AULAKE, Chair of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), Council of Europe
  • Erna HENNICOT-SCHOEPGES, Former President, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Guy DOCKENDORF, Former President, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Colette FLESCH, President, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Alfredas JOMANTAS, President, Governing Board, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe
  • Michel THOMAS-PENETTE, Former Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Ana Luiza THOMPSON-FLORES, Director, Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, UNESCO
  • Alessia MARIOTTI, Head of Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Paolo CAUCCI VON SAUCKEN, Santiago de Compostela Scientific Committee

Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Flash info

  • Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes (certified in 1987): Simone PETTIROSSI, «Assessment of the progress made and future perspectives»
  • Via Francigena (certified in 1994): Ms. Velia COFFEY, «Values and political perspectives about the Programme»
  • Saint Martin of Tours Route (certified in 2005): Antoine SELOSSE, «The Green Band and citizenship – Route of sharing»
  • European Route of Historical Thermal Towns (certified in 2010): Paul SIMONS, «Thermal Atlas: thermal towns GIS database project»
  • Via Habsburg (certified in 2014): Mr. Jean KLINKERT, «Multimedia project for the promotion of heritage»
  • Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route (certified in 2015): Vladan KREČKOVIĆ, «Interpretation of the cultural heritage along the Roman Emperors and the Danube Wine Route»
  • In the Footsteps of R. L. Stevenson (certified in 2015): Christian BROCHIER, «Cultural Routes funding»

WORKSHOPS 2 - Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism: democratic participation, local development and Accessibility. Addressing the key issues to which the workshop was dedicated, the speakers stressed how the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe offer a unique model linking cultural heritage and cultural tourism, active participation of civil society and cooperation between international organizations. In this regard, different examples in terms of innovative projects and approaches to sustainable local development, in line with the Cultural Routes approach, were presented. Particular attention was devoted to the importance of exchanging good practices across European Countries and regions, and between Europe and other Continents. The variety of organisations and institutions represented and the different, complementary and inspiring perpectives, arose by the speakers, led to an interesting discussion.

Moderators

  • Danièle KÜSS, Expert and Former Head of International Tourism Development, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
  • Gavin BELL, Expert, sustainable tourism, Food Nature and Culture

Speakers

  • Prosper WANNER, Director of Hotel du Nord, Implementation of Faro Framework Convention of the Council of Europe
  • Yoel MANSFELD, Head, Center for Tourism Pilgrimage & Recreation Research, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Tim FAIRHURST, Head of Strategy and Policy, European Tourism Association (ETOA)
  • Alberto PERUZZINI, Director, Toscana Promozione Turistica
  • Isabel GARAÑA, Regional Director for Europe, UNWTO
  • Alberto DRAGONE, Cultural Routes specialist, European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (EARTH)
  • Cecilia DO-TEGGOUR, International Federation of Equestrian Tourism (FITE)
  • José Luis MAESTRO, Member of the Executive Committee, Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR)
  • Sara VITALI, Europe Business Development, Visit.org
  • Pietro SCIDURLO, President, Free Wheels Onlus
  • Nicholas MONTEMAGGI, Director of Marketing & Project Management, iambassador
  • Emma TAVERI, Co-founder, Destination Makers

Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Flash info

  • The Hansa (certified in 1991): Inger HARLEVI, «HANSA – sustainable development based on authenticity and common cultural heritage»
  • Viking Routes (certified in 1993): Ea STEVNS MATZON, «The route projects in terms of sustainable tourism offer»
  • Route of Saint Olav Ways (certified in 2010): Hans MORTEN LØVRØD, «Sustainable tourism along St Olav ways»
  • Huguenot and Waldesian Trail (certified in 2013): Davide ROSSO, «Accessibility project»
  • ATRIUM, Architecture of totalitarian regimes of the 20th century (certified in 2014): Elisa GIOVANNETTI, «ATRIUM and the social sustainability in the framework of the Faro convention»
  • The European Route of Megalithic Culture (certified in 2013): Bodo ZEHM, “ Sustainable tourism along the European Route of Megalithic Culture”

WORKSHOPS 3 - Promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and culture in international relations investigated the significance of the Cultural Routes as places for encounters between cultures, traditions, heritage, languages, people. In this perspective, stems the key role of the Cultural Routes as channels of dialogue, thus as means of cultural diplomacy, as stressed recently by the European Parliament. The workshop explored the role which the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes can play within today’s multicultural societies, how the principles of dialogue can help to structure coherent grass-roots projects across Europe’s diverse regions and how the Cultural Routes can become tools for culture in international relations. The issues at stake were addressed referring also to concrete examples of experiences and projects developed by the different institutions, represented by the speakers.

Moderators

  • Peter BURNS, Director, INTOUR, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Eleonora BERTI, Council of Europe Cultural Routes Project Coordinator, European Institute of Cultural Routes

Speakers

  • Eladio FERNÁNDEZ-GALIANO, Head of Culture, Nature and Heritage Department, Council of Europe
  • Francisco MILLAN MON, Co-Chair of the Intergroup “Development of European Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Ways of Saint James and other European Cultural Routes”, European Parliament
  • Ann-Jasmin KRABATSCH, Programme Manager - EU policies, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Alla PERESSOLOVA, Head of UNWTO Silk Road Programme, UNWTO
  • Monica GARCIA, Responsible of Cultural projects, OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture)
  • Werner VON TRÜTZSCHLER, ICOMOS, Scientific Committee Cultural Routes, ICOMOS
  • Françoise GED, Director of the Contemporary’s China Architecture Observatory, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
  • Min ZHANG, PhD Researcher, Faculty of Tourism and Geography, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Flash info

  • The Route of El legado andalusí (certified in 1997): Ana CARREÑO, “El legado andalusí: an intercultural project”
  • European Mozart Ways (certified in 2004): Maria MAJNO, “The route as artistic, scientific, touristic and educational network”
  • The Phoenicians’ Route (certified in 2003): Antonio BARONE, “The Phoenicians' Route, cultural route of intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean"
  • The European Route of Jewish Heritage (certified in 2004): Francois MOYSE and Victor SORENNSEN, “European Days of Jewish Culture”
  • Routes of the Olive Tree (certified in 2005): Zoe KAZAZAKI, “Activities of intercultural dialogue and sustainable tourism along the Routes of the Olive Tree”
  • Iter Vitis (certified in 2009): Emanuela PANKE, “Route work with reference to cultural diplomacy”

 

Friday 29th September 2017


SPECIAL SESSION I - Presentations from EPA Member States

Moderator

  • Giuliana DE FRANCESCO, Head of Unit European multilateral relations, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italy

Speakers

  • Edin VELADZIC, Senior Adviser for European Integration and International Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Cultural Routes in Bosnia and Herzegovina”
  • Marianne LEHTIMÄKI, Cultural heritage expert, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Finland, “Cultural Routes in Finland”
  • Levan KHARATISHVILI, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, “Cultural Routes in Georgia”
  • Andrea MARCUCCI, President, Senate Culture Commission, Italy
  • Giuliana DE FRANCESCO, Head of Unit European multilateral relations, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italy, “Cultural Routes in Italy”
  • Steliana COJOCARIU, Counselor, Ministry of Tourism of Romania, “Cultural Routes implemented in Romania and the Alector Project”
  • Evgeniy RODIONOV (HANSA), Inna SVIDERSKAYA (Peter’s Route) and Vadim DUDA – (Slavic Routes), on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, “Cultural Routes in the Russian Federation”

SPECIAL SESSION II - Presentations from cultural routes projects

Moderator

  • Stefano DOMINIONI, Executive Secretary, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe. Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes

Speakers

CLOSING SESSION

Adoption of the 30th Anniversary Roadmap and conclusion of the Forum

  • Moderator: Eladio FERNÁNDEZ-GALIANO, Head of Culture, Nature and Heritage Department, Council of Europe
  • Alfredas JOMANTAS, President, Governing Board, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe
  • Stefano DOMINIONI, Executive Secretary, EPA on Cultural Routes, Council of Europe. Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes
  • Eleonora BERTI, Council of Europe Cultural Routes Project Coordinator, European Institute of Cultural Routes

2018 Annual Advisory Forum (Görlitz, Germany)

  • Ulrich MENKE, Head of the Department, Ministry of the Interior of Saxony, Germany
  • Siegfried DEINEGE, Lord Mayor of Görlitz, Germany

In attachment the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 7th Advisory Forum Follow-up Press Release (EN, FR, IT)