The 20th Anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), in presence of the Director General of Democracy Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, the 47 ambassadors representing Council of Europe member and observers' states, and national authorities.

On Thursday 31st May, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme, strong of 32 members Parties to the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) and 33 certified Cultural Routes, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), in presence of the Director General of Democracy Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, the 47 ambassadors representing Council of Europe member and observers' states, and national authorities. The celebration was held at Neumünster Abbey, organised in partnership with the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the Council of Europe and with the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. A series of presentations from Cultural Routes representatives, academics and experts, photo exhibitions and musical performances in the framework of Cultural Routes took place. Supported by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, the European Institute of Cultural Routes provides advice and expertise since 1998.


An audience granted by His Royal Highness the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg concluded the official programme. Speech by Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, the 20th anniversary of the European Institute of Cultural Routes was held at the fantastic Abbey of Neumunster, in the city of Luxembourg. This celebration was attended by numerous representatives of the Routes, diplomats, as well as delegates from the Council of Europe. On behalf of the AEPJ, François Moyse (President) and Victor Sorenssen (Director) participated.



The event had three parts. A first section dedicated to institutional presentations, where participated: Guy Arendt, State Secretary for Culture, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg; Snezana Samaric-Markovic, General Director of Democracy, Council of Europe; Marianne Berger Marianovic, Chair, Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe; Stefano Dominioni; Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Mike Robinson, Director, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and other important guests.


The second part of the event consisted in the presentation of the routes in an exhibition, where the routes had an information stand. Víctor Sorenssen was presenting the different projects of the AEPJ to a large number of interested guests, as well as distributing brochures and information about the AEPJ among the assistants. Finally, the thematic dinner was held. Different cultural routes gave their special touch. The AEPJ offered Kosher wine from the Cave of Ribauvillé. The Cultural Route Inter Vitis also offered wine for the event, and Emanuela Panke, the Inter Vitis Director, presented the selection of wines with Victor Sorenssen. On behalf of the AEPJ we would like to congratulate the European Institute of Cultural Routes three times. For his magnificent assistance, mentoring and training work done with us, the excellent organization of the event yesterday and of course, for his twenty years just completed! Mazal Tov!


 

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