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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]


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]


Heritage for development in South-East Europe: new publication

A new reference work "Heritage for development in South-East Europe – New visions and perceptions of heritage through the Ljubljana Process" has been published by the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union, as a culmination of the Joint Programme which was implemented from 2003 to 2014. Two other works will be published in the forthcoming months, and will highlight the impact of the Ljubljana Process in the countries of the region and what this experience has brought to the pan-European reflection on the social and economic values of heritage for society. [03/10/2014]


15th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

The 15th Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on the theme "Sustainable Landscapes and Economy: on the inestimable natural and human value of the landscape" was be held in Urgup, Nevşehir, (Turkey) from 1st to 2nd October 2014. Five Workshops analysed the following themes: A journey in the landscapes of Turkey; Landscape values and economic valuation; Urban landscapes and economy; Rural landscapes and economy; Implementation tools, instruments and procedures. The Meeting was aimed at government officials, representatives of local and regional authorities, universities, professionals, public and private governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the fields of landscape, environment, heritage, culture and sustainable territorial development. (more...) [03/10/2014]

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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Stones that talk, a rehabilitation and education programme for stone structures

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