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The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum is an important date on the agenda of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes. This year it will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan (30-31 October 2014). The theme of the Forum 2014 is "Cultural Routes: cultural tourism for intercultural dialogue and social stability". The two days of presentations, debates and discussions will bring together actors from all areas connected with the routes. (more...) [23/10/2014]

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IFLA Europe 2014 Silver Jubilee Award

The 35 National Associations of the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects - IFLA EUROPE, have granted the Silver Jubilee ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ to the Council of Europe at their General Assembly held in Oslo, Norway, on 19 October 2014. The ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ for Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was presented by Mr Michael Oldham, first President of IFLA Europe, in the presence of Mrs Liv Kristine Mortensen, President of the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention, Mrs Ana Luengo, President of IFLA-Europe, Mrs Marina Cervera, Secretary General of IFLA-Europe and the Representatives of the National Associations of IFLA-Europe. The Award was given to Mrs Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, who represented the Secretary General on this occasion. [23/10/2014]


Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society: Faro free applications

In the framework of the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society and more particularly the Faro Action Plan, the first "Faro free applications" are now online and available for heritage stakeholders. The Faro free applications (FFAs) are useful tools that have been employed in civic initiatives and recognised by the Council of Europe as being of value in furthering the aims and principles of the Faro Convention. The schemes in question, many of them led by “heritage communities”, provide a particularly good illustration of one or more of the principles enshrined in the Faro Convention. They have been carefully studied in order to identify key features that could be “applied” in any other context. [10/10/2014]


The European Heritage Days Celebration Event

A celebration event of the European Heritage Days was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 14 to 16 October 2014. This event, entitled “Local communities shaping the European dimension of Heritage”, was organised by the European Days Programme and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, currently holding the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Second Annual EHDs National Coordinators’ Meeting took place in the context of this event. The event also explored the subject of Industrial Heritage, a theme that will be shared by many EHD countries in 2015. (more...) [17/10/2014]


Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

The 7th Meeting of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies will take place on 7 November 2014 at the CoE’s Paris office. The SC will review the implementation of its manifold training and consultancy activities in the field of Roma policies and plan for its future as a unique knowledge hub gathering 380 Roma specialists world-wide. [16/10/2014]


Reviewing cultural policy in Serbia

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Ivan Tasovac, wants to review his country’s cultural policy with a special focus on contemporary and performing arts. A Council of Europe expert team will meet with national specialists from 12-13 November to study the sector and produce an analytical report that may guide further action. [23/10/2014]

Cultural policy review programme

FOCUS: Cultural Diversity

The Diversity Advantage Challenge

The Diversity Advantage Challenge challenge will help understand better the conditions under which diversity generates innovation and the do’s and don’ts of the process. It is a contest for the best real-life stories of the successful involvement of people of different cultural backgrounds in the design of innovative products, services, policies, projects and initiatives. The stories should illustrate how it is possible to harness cultural diversity to the benefit of businesses, organisations and communities. Interested local authorities, enterprises, civil society organisations, media and other institutions worldwide are invited to share their stories by 31 October 2014. [10/09/2014]


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