ONLINE FORUM 2021 – 10th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: September 29-October 1, Kutaisi (Georgia) *** REGISTRATION OPEN ***

The 2021 Council of Europe Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum “Resilient and sustainable cultural routes – Innovating out of crisis” will take place ONLINE from 29 September * to 1 October.

Organized by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and the Municipality of the City of Kutaisi, the Forum will address the role of cultural routes in fostering innovation and sustainability in the tourism sector in a post-pandemic Europe.

“The Annual Advisory Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how Cultural Routes can open up opportunities to rethink access to cultural heritage with the aim of developing more resilient and sustainable approaches. Currently, all the conditions are met for the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe to become an ideal tool for the cultural heritage sector in order to overcome the difficulties and challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to propose an innovative model. for the future of European culture. Cooperation”, said Stefano DOMINIONI, Executive Secretary of the APE.

Due to travel and event restrictions still affecting cultural events on a European scale due to COVID-19, the 2021 edition of the Advisory Forum will take place online with the virtual participation of representatives of the Ministry of Culture, of Sports and Youth of Georgia, local authorities of Kutaisi, representatives of the 35 member states of the EPA, representatives of the 45 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and of the networks applying for the certification “Cultural Route of the Council of the ‘Europe’, International Organizations (such as EU, UNESCO, UNWTO, ETC, BSEC, OEI) and local and regional authorities, as well as academics and experts from the culture and culture industry. tourism. The Forum will also be open to the general public.

Three thematic panels with live online discussion sessions, online certification ceremonies for the 5 new cultural routes of the Council of Europe and a live concert by Kutaisi will be among the main events of the Forum.

Further information on the registration and the draft program of the 10th Annual Advisory Forum 2021 can be found here on time.

* Pre-Forum sessions reserved for representatives of the member states of the EPA and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

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