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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:01

"Council of Europe cultural routes: cultural tourism for intercultural dialogue and social stability". The 2014 Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum was co-organised by the Ministry for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) and the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR). The European Historic Thermal Towns Association has attended this meeting.
The event was opened by the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Abulfas Garayev and the Council of Europe's Director General of Democracy, Snežana Samardžić-Marković. Deputy Minister, Sevda Mammadaliyeva, gave the closing speech of the Forum.
The Forum's conclusions are set out in the Baku Declaration adopted by participants at the close of the sessions, which takes stock of the achievements since the 2013 Forum in Innsbruck and sets new goals for the future activities of the Council of Europe cultural routes. The exchanges and discussions in the thematic workshops will contribute to further progress and to identifying and elaborating strategies for the future.
The Forum was attended by representatives of the Council of Europe's 29 certified routes and candidate projects from all over Europe, representatives from member states of the EPA, international organisations (European Union, UNWTO, OECD, ICOMOS), NGOs, local and regional authorities, universities and professionals in the cultural tourism sector.
The four workshops of the Forum produced constructive outcomes and new proposals for action, which will be followed up during the twelve months until the next Advisory Forum to be held in Aranjuez, Spain.

Cultural routes as vectors for intercultural dialogue.
Participants stressed that the freedom to participate was a precondition for intercultural dialogue. They emphasised the importance of direct experience and of tourism as a facilitator of accessibility to experiences where it provides authentic and unrestricted contact between host and guest communities. They stated that creative interpretation must be integrated in the development of the Council of Europe cultural routes' activities to give space for intuition and emotion, and that engagement with the values of a cultural route may also be expressed through physical activities, including sport.

Cultural routes as drivers for sustainable social and economic development.
Participants recommended that cultural routes work towards raising the awareness of residents and local business communities of the cultural and economic value of their heritage, thus enabling them to become the main promoters of their own culture. They considered that dialogue between Council of Europe cultural routes and local and global business communities should be promoted through creative platforms and that dialogue between Routes and Research and Development departments should be encouraged in a transnational, multi-level approach.

Cultural routes as educational tools for understanding past conflicts, easing tensions and promoting peaceful cohabitation.
The participants in the workshop recognised that cultural routes have the potential to create places where intercultural dialogue can flourish and to foster peace through the promotion of social justice, human rights, economic equity, sustainable development and democracy. They recommended that the Council of Europe cultural routes engage in educational activities about European history, including conflicts, for all types of public. They called upon the participants at the Conference of Ministers for Culture and Tourism organized jointly by UNESCO and the UNWTO (Cambodia, February 2015) to bear in mind the importance of cultural routes for fostering intercultural dialogue and proposed that cultural routes for peace be a theme for the next World Forum on Intercultural dialogue (Baku, May 2015).

Cultural routes as guardians of Europe's memory and living history.
The participants in this workshop recalled that Council of Europe cultural routes are channels for intergenerational transmission of memory and living history, offering opportunities to tell Europe's "stories" through the different standpoints of the networks of witnesses and inheritors. They encouraged cultural routes to be instruments for cultural dialogue and reconciliation and recommended the creation of platforms (through research, education, business involvement and new technologies) to foster the co-production of living memories. Emphasising the importance of fostering bottom-up approaches, participants recommended that communities collectively identify and contribute content to cultural routes and that the sharing of cultural routes contents should be based on different means of actively engaging local communities, such as festivals and events. Informative and interactive approaches should balance tangible and intangible heritage and challenge stereotypes to reveal common European stories and citizenships.
All the workshops emphasised the importance of ensuring the full participation of younger generations, and consequently of Cultural Routes developing active education programmes, tourism products and capacity-building programmes that specifically target young audiences, as well as attractive and relevant new communication channels using digital technologies.
During the Forum, the certified cultural routes set up a Task Force to facilitate cooperation and synergies.


Press release meeting EHTTA - MP Silvia Costa - 4th November 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:15
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    Plein la Bobine, Festival de Cinéma Jeunes Publics du Massif du Sancy PDF Print E-mail
    Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:46

    Plein la Bobine, Festival de Cinéma Jeunes Publics du Massif du Sancy, se déroulera du 14 au 20 juin 2014 à La Bourboule. Manifestation incontournable dans le paysage culturel, Plein la Bobine est un événement festif et ludique, ouvert à tous, qui se démarque par une programmation cinématographique diversifiée et de qualité.

    Pour sa 12e édition, le festival mettra le cirque et la fête foraine à l'honneur à travers trois compétitions internationales de courts métrages, un panorama de films récents et inédits, un coup de coeur au cinéma danois, une carte blanche accordée au Fiuggi Family Festival (Italie) ainsi que des expositions, des ciné-contes, des ateliers, etc.

    Tarif normal: 4 euros/séance et 20 euros/pass
    Tarif réduit: 3 euros/séance et 15 euros/pass
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    Café de l’Europe Baden-Baden PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 28 February 2014 12:14

    17th of April 2014, 2.00 p.m. Culture House “Kulturhaus” LA8
    “Spa towns of the 19th century as a place of musical inspiration”


    Pensando al Fiuggi Movie Cafè PDF Print E-mail
    Monday, 24 February 2014 10:59

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    The Route des Villes d'Eaux du Massif Central promotes EHTTA and SOURCE PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 17 January 2014 13:44

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    #7th Café of Europe PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:24

    Press Conference
    #7th Café of Europe
    History in Thermal Towns
    From 17th to 18th October 2014

    First Roundtable
    “Culture, literature architecture of thermal towns”

    Second Roundtable
    “Loisir in Spa Towns in the history of writers and artists”

    Celebration@Sources Acqui Terme 2014 Promo PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 28 March 2014 16:38
    Durante la manifestazione e per tutta la giornata del 22 Marzo Acqui Terme e la sua storia diventeranno il set di un avvincente concorso fotografico. La partecipazione è gratuita, a mezzo facebook. 

    L'iscrizione prevede unicamente la pubblicazione delle immagini sul proprio account facebook indicando come hashtag #CELEBRATIONSOURCESACQUITERME2014.
    La foto che riceverà più "Mi piace" vincerà un ingresso per due persone nella magnifica Spa Lago delle Sorgenti. 

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    Il 22 marzo giornata in cui si celebra il World Water Day, la Giornata Mondiale dell'Acqua, ricorrenza istituita dalle Nazioni Unite nel 1992, la città di Acqui Terme, membro fondatore dell'Associazione EHTTA e parte integrante dell'Itinerario Europeo delle Città Storiche Termali, uno dei 26 itinerari europei riconosciuti dal Consiglio d'Europa, partecipa all'iniziativa "Celebration@Sources" una giornata europea dedicata all'acqua termale.

    L'evento rivolto alla sensibilizzazione circa l'importanza dell'acqua in tutte le sue tipologie e al suo utilizzo quale del bene più prezioso per la vita sulla Terra -- l'ACQUA, si svolgerà nell'ambito del Progetto transnazionale denominato "Sources of Europe: the Cafés of Europe", della durata biennale sotto la direzione"Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central", associazione francese di città termali site nel Massiccio e membro associato EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association) e capofila del Programma Europeo Cultura e prevede la partecipazione di partner individuati tra le città storiche termali europee inteso a sostenere progetti di carattere culturale e di valorizzazione storico artistica del patrimonio termale.

    La giornata " Celebration@Sources" si svolgerà secondo il seguente programma:
    - ore 16.00 -- 17.00 Piazza Bollente - Cerimomia dell'Offerta alle Acque Termali di Aquae Statiellae. 
    La Nona Regio, gruppo di rievocazione storica, metterà in scena l'Offerta alle Acque Termali di Aquae Statiellae con una cerimonia di 20 secoli fa dove la popolazione della nostra Città rende omaggio alla Natura simboleggiata dall'Acqua Bollente che emerge dal profondo della terra.
    - dalle ore 16.00 alle 19.00 - Terme Aperte - presso lo stabilimento Nuove Terme delle Regie Terme Acqui.

    Terme a caccia di finanziamenti Ue PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 27 February 2014 08:10

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    Monday, 10 February 2014 12:26

    Cinque giornate alla scoperta del tesoro di Galileo Chini

    12 – 16 febbraio 2014


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    “Via Francigena and the Pilgrimage Ways” Magazine PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:31

    The Delegate General Michel Thomas Penette gave a speech on the EHTTA and the Cafè of Europe at launch event of the latest issue of “Via Francigena and the Pilgrimage Ways” Magazine took place on Thursday 12th December at the prestigious seat of the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris. The issue offers an overview of the Via Francigena in the four relevant countries – England, France, Switzerland, Italy – and opens to the other Council of Europe Cultural Routes: the Ways of St. James, the Historical Thermal Towns and the St. Martin of Tours Route.


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