The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is an annual four-day event (8-11 October 2018) during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

The European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), as the Cult-RInG project advisory partner responsible for communications, is organising a side event during EWRC in Brussels on Tuesday, 9 October, 16:00-18:00. At this dissemination event the development of new European Cultural Routes for sustainable cultural tourism wiland economic development will be presented. The Cult-RInG lead partner, Governor of Central Macedonis, Greece, is expected to open the event.

Venue: Copenhagen hall, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Rue du Fossé-aux-Loups 47, B-1000, Brussels.

The event is under EWRC Thematic cluster: Economic development, employment.

This event is also organised in the frame of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018). ECTN is one of 35 stakeholders for EYCH2018, European networks and institutions, selected by the European Commission DG EAC amongst 310 candidates.


Draft Programme

Cultural Routes as Investment for Growth & jobs

Side Event at European Week of Regions and Cities

Brussels, 9 October 2018, 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: Copenhagen Hall, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels 

16:00 - 16:30 Registration and Coffee 

16:30 Introduction to the event – ECTN Secretary-General 

 Opening by Governor of Central Macedonia, Cult-RInG Project Lead Partner,  

 Address by Council of Europe – European Institute of Cultural Routes (tbc)

16:45 Launch of new Cultural Route: ‘In the footsteps of St Paul, the Apostle of the nations’ 

 Region of Central Macedonia, Greece 

 Lazio Region, Italy

 Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus

17:00 Proposed improvements and extensions to existing Cultural Routes 

 St Olav Ways through west Sweden - Vastra Gotaland region, Sweden 

 Route of St James through north Portugal - CIM Alto Minho, Portugal

 Via Francigena South - Lazio Region, Italy

17:15 Launch of new Cultural Route: ‘Iron Curtain Trail – the reunification of Europe route’ 

 Michael Cramer MEP 

 Vidzeme Tourism Association, Latvia

 European Cyclists Federation, Belgium

17:30 Launch of new Cultural Routes on mythology: ‘the return of the Argonauts’, based on intangible heritage, ancient civilizations and nautical routes, and ‘the Aphrodite’s Trail’ 

 Argonautica Network, Greece 

 Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus

17:45 Conclusions and the way ahead – ECTN President / Vice-President 

18:00 End of event