On 5 October, the Certification Ceremony of the Historic Cafés Route, the European Fairy Tale Route and the Women Writers Route as “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” was celebrated in Chania (Crete), Greece. The ceremony took place in the framework of the opening of the 11th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum, presented by Mr. Julien VUILLEUMIER (Switzerland), Chair of the EPA Governing Board. The ceremony was even more special as it coincided with the 35th Anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) awarded the 3 new certifications at its annual Governing Board meeting in May 2022.
The Certification diplomas were awarded by Mr. Bjørn BERGE, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Ms. Marina D’AMATO, President of the European Fairy Tale Route; Mr. Vasilis STATHAKIS, President of the Historic Cafés Route and Ms. Andreja RIHTER, President of the Women Writers Route.
The Historic Cafés Route offers the traveller the opportunity to step back in time to discover the important role cafes played in the cultural history of Europe. From the eighteenth century to the twentieth century, cafés expanded across the towns and cities of Europe and quickly became important centres of cultural and political exchanges, displaying a rich tangible heritage, with an abundance of architectural styles.
The European Fairy Tale Route is based on our member States’s common tangible and intangible heritage, bringing together fairy tale books and their renowned authors, vernacular stories and oral traditions of the past such as Pinocchio and Struwwelpeter, among others. The Route is a journey between imaginary spaces and real places. It explores the fairy tales that accompanied our childhood on the way to adulthood, and which are still present today in the minds of European children.
The Women Writers Route invites visitors to follow in the footsteps of women writers and highlights their exceptional life stories and literary works that marked the struggle for human, women's and minority rights in the 20th century. The network brings together museums, memorial spaces and places dedicated to women writers and activities, such as workshops and productions for children and fosters a participative attitude towards literary and social heritage left behind by women writers.
A photo gallery of the 11th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum 2022 and the certification ceremony is available here.