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“Best Practice Awards” for 4 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe at the 2023 Annual Advisory Forum

Łódź, Poland

On 22 September, the “Best Practices of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” were awarded in Łódź, Poland during the closing ceremony of the 12th Annual Advisory Forum of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The selection process was made by the EPA Governing Board and certificates were presented by Ms. Urszula ŚLĄZAK (Poland), Chair of the EPA Governing Board and Mrs. Meltem ÖNHON (Türkiye), Vice-Chair of the EPA Governing Board.

4 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe received a “Best Practice Award” for their outstanding efforts in promoting cultural heritage through innovative practices:

On 30 June 2023, at the Galleria d’ Italia in Piazza San Carlo, Turin, representatives of the Historic Cafés Route held the conference “Historic Cafés Route – tangible and intangible heritage”. The conference aimed to highlight the importance of Historic Cafés for our shared European history and memory, and ways in which certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe can cooperate to promote memory, history, European heritage and cultural tourism in specific areas through cultural tourism products.

The European Industrial Heritage Summer School was an intensive 14-day programme (5th to 20th August 2023, Berlin, Germany). It combined interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and practice-oriented project work in the field of sustainability. During the first week students focused on discussing industrial heritage and sustainability. The second week featured workshops on how places of industrial heritage can become places of good practices in sustainability.

Implemented over the course of 2022 and at the start of 2023, the European Route of Ceramics implemented a pilot action in the framework of the WalkEur project (co-financed by Creative Europe) with the aim to enhance, preserve and empower the cultural heritage linked to ceramics in Europe. Through creating digital access, the experimental platform was designed to map the ‘know-how’ of the ceramic sector, involving all the members of the European Route of Ceramics and thus offering a digital journey along the Cultural Route in the form of an interactive journey.

  • Iter Vitis – Cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development

Lugana has been the first wine tourism destination in Italy to host an Iter Vitis walking path. Iter Vitis decided to build this pilot project for a future network of European vine paths aimed to celebrate landscapes, characteristic places, archaeological and historical sites and winegrowing. The Lugana path was tested by a first group of journalists, wine tourists and influencers from 24-26 May 2023, to select the items that will be integrated into the walking path and to evaluate the difficulties of the route.

A dedicated webpage on the 12th Annual Advisory Forum on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, its streaming videos, pictures and presentations can be found here.

Picture: (from left to right)

  • Ms. Urszula ŚLĄZAK, Chair of the EPA Governing Board,
  • Emanuela PANKE, President of Iter Vitis,
  • Benedetta DIAMANTI, Manager of the European Route of Ceramics,
  • Meinard GREWENING, President of ERIH,
  • Vitor Sa Marques, Representative of the Historic Cafes Route from Portugal, and
  • Ms. Meltem ÖNHON, Vice Chair of the EPA Governing Board

Source: Council of Europe

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