A Europe rich in history, heritage and values: the Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, on the occasion of the 7th Advisory Forum in Palazzo Ducale and Real Collegio in Lucca (Italy) on 27-29 September, with a special ceremony to highlight the relevance of Cultural Routes for the promotion of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and sustainable tourism.
The event is organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Tuscany Region, the Lucca Province, the City of Lucca and the European Institute of Cultural Routes.
The first opening statement will be delivered by Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
This year’s Forum “Building dialogue and sustainable development through European values and heritage” will provide a particular attention to the role of cultural routes in promoting Council of Europe’s values, local development and new spaces for intercultural dialogue.
Over three days of workshops and interactive debates, three main themes will be explored:
- 30 years of Cultural Routes history, values, and future perspectives;
- Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism: democratic participation, local development and accessibility;
- Promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and the role of culture in international relations.
The Forum will discuss trends and challenges in relation to Cultural Routes, providing a platform for sharing experiences, reviewing progress, analysing professional practices, launching new initiatives and developing partnerships across Europe and beyond. Participants range from managers among the 31 cultural routes of the Council of Europe to representatives of national ministries, European Union and International Organisations, academics, experts and tourism professionals.
An award ceremony for the personalities who have marked the history of the Cultural Routes programme will be organised at Teatro del Giglio on Wednesday 27th (21h00), together with a ceremony for the certified routes.