DCC participation on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 6th Advisory Forum

8th November 2016

As managing authority of Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route the Danube Competence Center participated on 6th Advisory Forum of Cultural Routes of Council of Europe that took place between 26th and 27th October in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As it could be seen from the official program of the Forum, major themes for this year were expansion of the geographical coverage with establishment of new partnerships and development of new themes and practices.

After the Vilnius sightseeing tour, the Forum officially started. During the opening speech, Chair of the Governing Board of Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) Mr. Alfredas Jomantas and Executive Secretary, EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Mr. Stefano Dominioni pointed out the importance of cultural routes, extension of the network and announced the upcoming agenda of the event.

DCC took part in workshop number two – Developing new themes and topics where within the three sessions, more than 20 presenters talked about different aspects of cultural route development: from new possibilities and examples of cultural heritage interpretation, adaptation of the cultural route sites to be suitable for people with disabilities, to possibilities of combining cycling with cultural offer and usage of social media and other Online tools for the promotion of cultural routes.

For DCC, three presentations were specifically important. First was the one of Senior Project Officer of Joint Programme of Council of Europe Ms. Lapie Kathleen who presented the outcomes of this year bloggers trip across two cultural routes: TRANSROMANICA and Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route that took place between 25th and 30th of August. The highlight of the presentation was the promotional video of the trip that you can see on this link: Cultural Routes Bloggers’ trip – Crossing Routes Blogging Europe 2016

Right after the presentation of Ms. Lapie, the route manager of TRANSROMANICA cultural route Ms. Christin Prange talked about the overall experience when it comes to the cooperation between two cultural routes and how this type of cross-cultural combination leads to a specific touristic experience.

Also very interesting presentation was the one given by the Policy Officer – Cycling Tourism and Regional Policy of European Cyclists’ Federation Mr. Ed Lancaster who on concrete example of EuroVelo 13 cycling route talked about the potential of combination between cycling and cultural tourism – i.e. that one cultural route could be conquered by bicycle – thus providing the tourist completely different and exciting experience. This presentation was specifically interesting to DCC, due to the fact that in 2016 the DCC became a national coordinator of EuroVelo routes in Serbia. The EuroVelo 13 route enters Serbia in its northern part and from that point, it follows the borders with Hungary and Romania going all the way to the Danube and matches not only EuroVelo 6 route but also the Iron Gate region where vast Roman heritage is located – part of the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route.

The closure of the forum was highlighted with the presentation of Vilnius ROADMAP – document in which conclusions of two workshops were gathered in a shape of guidelines for future activities of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. The document can be downloaded from this link. At the same time, it was announced that the next Advisory Forum will take place in Lucca (Italy) in October 2017 on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes programme.

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