Sharing culture in all its varieties
"The 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition is very special in the way that it’s like a hit parade."
Hilkka Hiiop, Chief Conservator at Kumu, Tallinn, Estonia
Following the adoption of its “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue” in 2008, the Council of Europe launched several programmes on teacher training, minority protection and social cohesion, including its annual dialogue with religious communities and representatives of non-religious convictions. Its tool “Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters” encourages individuals to learn from personal experiences, whether face-to-face or through visual media.
Since the “Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Route” was launched in 1987, the Council of Europe has promoted exchange across borders and intercultural dialogue through its 26 Cultural Routes. The thematic routes, which join places and people with diverse cultures and identities, contribute to the sustainable development of lesser-known regions. They include: “the Phoenicians”, “Jewish heritage”, “Ceramics”, “Mozart” and “The Hansa”.
Art exhibitions were launched in 1954 to rebuild a sense of European cultural identity. They illustrate major movements, figures and events that marked European art history. The 30th exhibition – “Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945” – presents artists exploring freedom, human rights and democracy (Berlin, Milan, Tallinn and Cracow).
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