European Heritage Days 2005
2 - 3 September 2005 - Launching of the European Heritage Days
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This year's European Heritage Days (EHD) will be officially launched on 2 and 3 September in Prague and Chrudim.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday 2 September at 6 pm in the Mirror Chapel of the Clementinum, in the presence of the Czech Minister of Culture, Vitezslav Jandak, the Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem, and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. It was followed by a reception at the Art Nouveau residence of the Mayor of Prague.

The festivities, organised by the Association of Historical Settlements in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, in co-operation with the City of Prague, the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Council of Europe, continued the next day in Chrudim, a historical town in eastern Bohemia. The numerous attractions included a music festival and a traditional craft fair.

On Sunday 4 September, participants were able to join in the Coronation Procession in honour of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, King of Bohemia, who was instrumental in Prague's development in the 14th century. (more...)

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: Heritage, a pedagogical tool for European construction

Katérina Stenou, Director of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialog of UNESCO (more...)
The launch of European Heritage Days (EHD) was preceded in June by an international meeting of EHD co-ordinators in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. (more...)
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