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Belgrade hosts 2007 European Heritage Days – 2007/09/20-22

The Council of Europe has announced that events marking the 2007 European Heritage Days (EHD) will be held from September 20 to 22 in Belgrade, Serbia, under the Serbian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The press release on the subject notes that European Heritage Days—a joint initiative by the Council of Europe and the European Commission—will be marked on Friday, September 21, by an international round table highlighting the institutions’ shared experience with heritage rehabilitation projects. The round table will be followed by an official ceremony at the Belgrade Fortress.

Numerous museums and other buildings will be open to the public (Ethnographic Museum, Jewish Museum, Fresco Gallery, National Bank of Serbia, Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Vuk and Dostej Museum, and Museum of Education), and cultural events will be held throughout the evening at a number of sites on Thursday, September 20.

Finally, the press release states that “Power and Light,” an industrial heritage night, will close the events on Saturday, September 22.

In 1991, the Council of Europe launched European Heritage Days (EHD), an initiative which in 1999 became a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

The goals of European Heritage Days include

  • Raising the awareness of European citizens of the richness and cultural diversity of Europe
  • Creating a climate that promotes appreciation of the rich mosaic of European cultures
  • Strengthening Europeans’ sense of sharing the same identity
  • Countering racism and xenophobia and encouraging greater tolerance in Europe and beyond national borders

The special file prepared by the Council of Europe notes that “throughout Europe during the weekends of September, European Heritage Days opens up numerous sites and monuments, some normally closed to the public. The 49 states party to the Council of Europe Cultural Convention will be actively involved in this initiative, and more than 30,000 sites and monuments participating in the event are expected to draw some 20 million visitors.”

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