Annual Advisory Forum
Each year towards the end of September or start of October, a Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum is organised in close collaboration with one of the member States of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes.
The Annual Advisory Forum enables the reunion of member States representatives, Cultural Routes operators, candidate networks to the certification "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe", international organisations, local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, Chambers of Commerce, foundations and other donor organisations and heritage and tourism organisations and platforms.
The Annual Advisory Forum discusses trends and challenges in relation to Cultural Routes and provide a platform for the exchange of experience, review of progress with the implementation of Cultural Routes, debates on new professional practices, the launch of new initiatives and the development of partnerships.
In 2019, the Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes will take place in Sibiu, Romania.
The theme of the 2018 Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe was "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe connecting cultural values, heritage sites and citizens: strategies and synergies in a global perspective". The 8th Annual Advisory Forum was organised under the auspices of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes in co-operation with the City of Görlitz, the Saxon Ministry of the Interior and the German Federal Foreign Office and with the support of the European Institute on Cultural Routes in Luxembourg.
From the 27th to 29th September 2017, the Council of Europe's Cultural Routes Programme celebrated its 30th anniversary on the occasion of the 7th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Forum, organized by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Tuscany Region, the Province of Lucca, the City of Lucca and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, brought together almost 400 participants from more than 30 countries of Europe and beyond. Representatives from almost 30 certified Cultural Routes and 20 network projects were present, as well as delegates from 20 Member States of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, of the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNESCO, ICOMOS and the World Tourism Organization.
During the Forum, the Lucca Roadmap was prepared with the aim of giving clear indications on actions which Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe should implement in order to achieve the objectives indicated in the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe 30th anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (1987-2017), better known as the "Santiago +30" Declaration.