COUNCIL OF EUROPE CERTIFICATION CEREMONY
On November 3rd 2022 the Iron Age Danube Route was awarded the certificate of the cultural route of the Council of Europe. The gathers 30 members from 7 countries of the Danube region. The cultural route focuses on promotion, presentation, research and sustainable development of the Iron Age heritage of the Danube region.
The certification ceremony was held in the Dverce palace under the aegis of the City of Zagreb. The certificate to the Iron Age Danube Route was awarded by Mr. Stefano Dominioni, the director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and the Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Mrs. Mrs. Laura Topolovšek, envoy of the mayor of the City of Zagreb, as well as a number of members of the diplomatic corps of the network countries, members and stakeholders from all partner countries and other distinguished guests.
The formal award ceremony of the certificate was the pinnacle of a two-day Closing Event of the international project "Virtual archaeological landscapes of the Danube region project" (acronym: Danube's archaeological eLandscapes). The project is carried out as part of the Interreg Danube Transnational program and is co-funded by the European Union through the ERDF and IPA II.
9TH TRAINING ACADEMY FOR CULTURAL ROUTES
9TH TRAINING ACADEMY FOR CULTURAL ROUTES
(Fontainebleau, France, May 31- June 3, 2022)
A remarkable success at the service of Cultural Tourism in Europe …
Labeled as an official event within the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the 9th Training Academy of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe took place in Fontainebleau (France) from 31 May to 3 June 2022 under the best auspices and in the presence of Barbara ZECHES, Vice-President of the Administrative Council of the Enlarged Partial Agreement of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (36 Countries) and Stefano DOMINIONI, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement of these same Routes.
About a hundred participants, including the managers of 32 Cultural Routes belonging to 17 different nationalities, were able to exchange during these three days of intensive meetings their experiences and their proposals to further increase the notoriety and credibility of European cultural routes, which bring together more than 3000 sites in 60 countries.
The presence of Bruno FAVEL, Nicolas MONQUAUT and Orane PROISY from the French Ministry of Culture as well as representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, the noteworthy intervention of Thierry TERRET, Ministerial Delegate for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, that of the elected officials from the South of Paris Region and the west loops of the Seine providing their concrete and particularly appreciated testimonies, set the tone for this event which, traditionally, situates its debates in concrete action at the level of the territories.
A prestigious evening at the Château de Fontainebleau at the invitation of its Director, Marie-Christine LABOURDETTE and the awarding of the Council of Europe Literary Prize to Monique LUCENET, for her book: “Les Routes des Impressionnismes en France et en Europe”, as well as that two convivial evenings in Barbizon and Moret- sur-Loing, fortunately completed this European meeting after two years of interruption due to the Pandemic. The delegates were also able to visit the new exhibition produced and distributed by the Impressionisms Routes© network “Impressionism in France and in Europe”, presented within the walls of the Academy itself.
Pierre BEDOUELLE, President of the Impressionisms Routes© network, Georges LUCENET, Vice-President and General Manager, Christian RECOING, Vice-President and Treasurer, organizers of these meetings, in association with the Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe of Luxembourg, warmly thank the French Ministry of Culture and the elected officials, organizations and local authorities who made it possible to hold these European meetings, the conclusions of which will be officially presented at the next Advisory Forum of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe which will be held in Chania (Crete), Greece from October 5 to 7, 2022.
COLLABORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PHOENICIANS’ ROUTE AND IRON AGE DANUBE ROUTE
The Phoenicians’ Route and the Iron Age Danube Route, two Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, signed a Collaboration Agreement aiming at safeguarding and promoting the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Euro-Mediterranean history, in order to launch joint activities and strategies for cultural and tourism enhancement favoring their respective territories.
On 25 January 2022 the two Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe “The Phoenicians’ Route” and the “Iron Age Danube Route” signed a relevant collaboration agreement, with the aim of promoting and disseminating the tangible and intangible cultural heritage connected to products, places, traditions, civilizations at the basis of European values.
The agreement aims at promoting opportunities exchanges between these two Cultural Routes that tell millennial stories, stimulating a new co-planning and collaboration in terms of analysis, creation of tourist products between neighboring territories while belonging to different cultural routes, as well as actions to enhance the territory, promotion of sustainable, creative and experiential tourism, both linked to local communities and to a network with a European and international scope.
The Phoenicians’ Route and the Iron Age Danube Route will work together on the development of marketing, study and analysis activities; organization of events, exhibitions, seminars, training activities, meetings involving civil society; promotion of exchanges between young people from their respective countries; collaboration for international projects; organization of joint communication actions, promotional campaigns, promotional tours and more.
The two Routes’ topics perfectly intertwine, since they deal with contemporary historical periods in different geographical areas. Furthermore, both Routes support common transnational approaches to the protection, presentation and research of archaeological landscapes and heritage. The cultures of this historic period (Iron Age in the Danube Region and the Mediterranean area) exchanged goods, ideas, knowledge and technologies, solved conflicts, migrated and interacted with other cultures beyond Europe, becoming part of a bigger European cultural phenomena. The awareness that modern states’ borders and European unity of today have emerged after millennia of interactions between the ancient civilizations is the main message that the Iron Age Danube Route and the Phoenicians’ Route seek to transmit.
For this reason, the two Routes worked on the idea of launching and developing joint initiatives.
THE IRON AGE DANUBE ROUTE PARTICIPATED IN THE PREPARATORY MEETING FOR THE 2022 TRAINING ACADEMY OF CULTURAL ROUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Representatives of the Iron Age Danube Route participated in the 2022 Training Academy of Cultural Routes Certified by the Council of Europe, which will take place in Fontainebleau, France, in May 2022. The Meeting took place on January 17, 2022 and was organised by the Impressionisms Routes, in collaboration with the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme. Thirty-seven of the 45 certified routes attended the meeting, organised in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union, through the French Ministry of Culture, which has made the enhancement of European cultural heritage one of its Presidency priorities.
The Training Academy will focus on three key priorities, the content of which were defined at the meeting and which will revolve around a common theme, the development of the cultural tourism.
10TH CULTURAL ROUTES ANNUAL ADVISORY FORUM
EPA (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe) is organising the 10th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes from 29th September to 1st October. We are pleased that the Iron Age Danube Route will be awarded its certificate in the certification ceremony.
TALKING ABOUT THE IADR ON THE RADIO
Today (09 September 2021) our secretary Marta Rakvin will be talking about the Iron Age Danube Route on HRT Radio Sljeme radio at 6.30pm. She will present the first certified route whose headquarters is in Croatia, how it came to be and what does it involve: iron age landscapes with monumental structures such as cemeteries under tumulus, fortified settlements, oppidum and numerous archaeological artefacts. These can be found in museums and sites across the Danube region, i.e. in partner institutions from six countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia.
6. Situl Festival - a festival of Iron Age life and cuisine was held in June 2021. This year it was organized as a walk among archaeological sites. Visitors were able to see the work of various craftsmen and their products at four venues. Children were able to bake their own bread, paint their skin, make a leather bracelet and a miniature situla and compete in archery. Every hour the Kolenc family theatre prepared a play on the Main Square and on Marof, everyday life scenes of the princely couple were shown by the actors of DKD Senovo. At Kandija and Kapiteljska njiva sites, visitors were able to listen to a guided tour prepared by a curator of the Dolenjski Museum. At this year's Situla Festival, we also had guests from the Polish Diocese, who contributed to the various events. Those gathered at Marof were greeted by Kamilla Duda Kawecka, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Slovenia, Jasna Dokl Osolnik, Director of the Dolenjski Museum and the Mayor of the Municipality of Novo mesto, Gregor Macedoni. The holiday ended at the Dolenjski Museum with a lecture “The flourishing Hallstatt of Novo mesto” by the curator archaeologist dr. Borut Križ and a visit to the permanent archaeological exhibition “Archaeological Image of Dolenjska”.
Video Situlae Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joa0j_wAf0w&t=7s
ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION IN DOLENJSKI MUZEJ NOVO MESTO
As a newly certified cultural route of the Council of Europe, The Iron Age Danube Route Association will be presented on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 11am. The mission and goals of the Association will be presented by the president Sanjin Mihelić (director of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb) and founding representatives from Slovenia, Petra Stipančić (Dolenjski Museum Novo mesto) and Matija Črešnar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia).
ROUTE PRESENTATION IN GORIČAN
„The Iron Age Danube Route“ – a new Council of Europe cultural route passes through numerous archaeological sites of the Iron Age and was presented to as many as 14 tourist boards across northern Croatia.
Being involved with a cultural route in Europe rural areas are given an outstanding opportunity and an incentive for development. On that occasion, a presentation of the route was held in the archaeological park Necropolis under the tumuli in Goričan, which was attended by Tatjana Horvatić, Head of Services for Movable, Ethnographic and Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Culture and Media) and member of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA). The route continues to grow with the support of Sandra Herman, Tourism Ministry state secretary.
THE HOLIDAY OF SITUL
The 6th Holiday of Situl - the festival of iron-age life and culinary arts is behind us. This year it was organized as a walk between archaeological sites. Visitors were able to see the work of different craftsmen and their products at four different venues. Kids could bake their own bread, paint their skin, make a leather bracelet and a miniature situla or compete in archery. At every hour, the Kolenc family theatre staged a play on the Main Square, while scenes from daily life were shown in Marof by DKD Senovo players. Visitors were able to listen to a guided tour at the archaeological site Kandija and the Captain's fields, prepared by the curator from the Dolenjski Museum. At this year's Feast of Situl we also enjoyed guests from Polish Diocese, who contributed to the event. Visitors at Marof were greeted by Kamilla Dud Kawecka, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Slovenia, Jasna Dokl Osolnik, Director of the Dolenjski Museum and Mayor of the City Municipality of Novo mesto, Gregor Macedoni. The festival ended in the Dolenjski Museum, with a lecture “The flourishing Hallstatt of Novo mesto”, given by the curator and archaeologist dr. Borut Križ and visiting the permanent exhibition “The Archaeological Image of Dolenjska”.
The “Hallstatt days – an Iron age festival in the Golden Valley”, held on June 19th and 20th, were opened with an exhibition “The Archaeology of Kaptol”. The aim of the exhibition was to present the community of Kaptol, which has inhabited the area for the past seven millennia. You can visit it until June 30th, 10AM-5PM in the Kaptol Municipality Hall (Vijećnica Općine Kaptol)
But, being a part of the European Archaeology Days, the Hallstatt days also held a lecture by prof. Hrvoje Potrebica (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and Centre for Prehistoric Research) and dr.sc. Borut Križ (Dolenjska Museum, Novo Mesto) - The Significance of the Iron Age Kaptol in the European Context.
On the second day we had loads of fun on the guided tour, weaving, cooking, or learning about archaeology and the Iron Age. Check out the photos!
Many thanks to the wonderful organizers and hope to see you next year!
Halštatski dani -Kaptol
Dolenjski muzej Novo mesto
Arheološki muzej u Zagrebu - AMZ
EAA European Association of Archaeologists
TZ Zlatni Papuk
CVINGER NEAR DOLENJSKE TOPLICE GETS ITS OWN WEBSITE
The Early Iron Age complex of Cvinger near Dolenjske Toplice is one of the most important sites of its kind in the south-eastern Alpine region. Located at its centre is the fortified hilltop settlement surrounded by three burial mound cemeteries. The iron-smelting area, however, represents the most important part of the complex, given that it extends over 0.6 ha and is the largest and best researched in the region.
Cvinger has witnessed a long history of archaeological research: while the earliest campaigns date back into the late 19th century, the site has been a subject of several recent research projects. Significantly, Cvinger was the first Iron Age site in Slovenia to be equipped with an archaeological trail. The latter runs across all the site’s main sections and includes a number of information boards, which describe the whole site in great detail. As part of the Iron Age Danube project (Interreg DTP), the archaeological trail was renewed and further extended in 2019. In addition, it was also made accessible via a mobile phone guide (search: guide@hand, Cvinger). Due to a strong local initiative, Cvinger became even more easily accessible – namely as one of the first Early Iron Age sites in Slovenia with its own website since 2020. The website contains a wide range of information on the Cvinger complex and a number of accompanying figures and illustrations, as well as the entire bibliography on the site which is available for a download (https://cvinger.net/). Whilst currently available in Slovenian only, the website will be translated to English in the near future.
Visit Cvinger website: https://cvinger.net