Following a tradition of several years, the Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Saxony, Germany), founding member of ENPP, celebrated the 11 November  known as “Poppy Day” which marks the end of the First World War in 1918.

Members of the Association placed a wreath of white carnations and red poppies in the Memorial of the Dead Soldiers during that World War and paid tribute to the soldiers killed or missing during the two great wars that ravaged the world over the past century.

It is recalled that it was precisely at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918 that weapons were shut down and the First World War ends and this day is celebrated especially in the United Kingdom and the countries of northern and central Europe where  the biggest and most important battles of this war took place.

Kaynardzha Municipality (Bulgaria) celebrated the International Peace Day, last 21 September, with an exhibition of drawings made by students of the schools of the Municipality under the theme of Peace and under the auspices of the ENPP.
Kaynardzha Municipality has been a member of the ENPP since 2015 and the well-known Kyuchyuk-Kaynardzha Peace Treaty was signed there and ended the Russian-Turkish War of 1768/1774.
Despite the main theme of the exhibition being Peace, the students of Kaynardzha schools used in their drawings many elements related to nature conservation, significantly establishing a relationship between the two themes – Nature and Peace.

The Municipality of Viana do Alentejo,  member of ENPP, is the Portuguese municipality which most invests in culture, according to a study commissioned by the “Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos”, a Portuguese Foundation.

According to this study based on data from 2017, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo invests in culture 34% of its annual crop budget (the central administration invests only 0.2%) which corresponds to an amount of € 391 per inhabitant, the which places it in the front of the ranking of all Portuguese municipalities.

The Municipality of Viana do Alentejo has had, over the last years, a cultural policy based on the safeguarding of its material and intangible heritage, including the inscription of Rattle Manufacturing on the UNESCO Safeguard List in 2015 and the recovery and public use of Paço dos Henriques in 2016, where the important Treaty of Alcáçovas (1479) was signed, which ended the War of Succession of Castile and opened the doors to the maritime expansion of the two Iberian countries.

It was in this place that, in 2017, the 10th ENPP European Meeting took place.

Attentive to the Material Heritage of its region, the Association for the Promotion of  Altranstädt Castle (Germany) lauch next 5 May in this castle an exhibition under the theme “100 Years Bauhaus – The House of Crows in Zwenkau”.

The House of Crows in Zwenkau, near Leipzig, is the only building in the world that was built by the two great drivers of  Bauhaus, Adolf Rading and Oskar Schlemmer.

It is a three-storey residential building considered as one of the main cultural monuments of modernity in Central Germany and its special value lies in the artistic design of interiors totally under the responsibility of the Bauhaus painter Oskar Schlemmer. In international terms, this building is commonly described as an icon of modernism and one of the last highlights of the New Building of the Weimar Republic in Germany.

Founded in 1919 in Germany during the Weimar Republic, the Bauhaus School was one of the largest and most important expressions of the so-called “Modernism in Design and Architecture”, being the first design school in the world with great impact on the development of arts and  architecture of Western Europe, as well as the United States, Israel and Brazil in the following decades.

Almost by miracle the Zwenckau building, built in 1930 under strong resistance by the authorities of that time, survived unscathed both in the period of National Socialism and the GDR period.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, the city of Zadar, Croatia, celebrated on February 18 the anniversary of the signing of its Treaty of Peace in the same place where it was signed 661 years ago – the St. Francis Monastery.
The celebrations, organized by the Municipality of Zadar, a member of the ENPP since 2011, by the Museum of the Primary School “Islands of Zadar” and by the Monastery of St. Francis, took place in an environment of great joy and appeal for peace and enjoyed the jovial participation of various groups of students of this primary school and other groups representing traditional Croatian music and folklore.
After a welcome greeting from the Monastery officials, Ms. Jagoda Surac, Deputy Mayor of Zadar Municipality and Eduardo Basso, President of ENPP, communicated to the public the reasons for the importance of this Commemoration as well as the involvement of the city of Zadar in the activities of ENPP and Places of Peace Route. Prof. Dr. Ante Bralic, head of the History Department of the University of Zadar and a member of the Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route referred in his speech to the conditions under which the Treaty of Zadar was signed and its positive consequences for the city of Zadar and for the Croatian people.

The President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, who accompanied these Commemorations for the first time, also had the opportunity to visit the Primary School “Islands of Zadar” and its Museum dedicated to the theme “Heritage and Culture of Peace” as well as to hold a working lunch with the Deputy Mayor, Ms. Jagoda Surac, during which topics such as the local development of the Network in Zadar and the ongoing certification process of  Places of Peace Route as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe were discussed.

The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Germany), a ENPP member, was awarded with the prize “With soul and heart for Saxony” for its volunteer work for the recovery and animation of that important German historical monument, in which the so-called “Peace of Altranstädt” was signed during the Great Northern War (1700-1721) between the Russian Tsarist Empire and the Kingdom of Sweden.
The award (“Mit Herzblut für Sachsen” in German) was presented to the Association on 1 December by the Minister of State of Saxony, Mr. Michael Kretschmer.
The achievement of this award was received with great enthusiasm by the members of the Association who expressed their willingness to continue this work, within Germany and within the framework of the European Network of Places of Peace.

The Association for the Promotion of the Castle of Altranstädt (Germany), a member of the ENPP, celebrated last November 11 the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War.
The members of the association gathered in the square in front of the World War I Memorial and kept a minute of silence in memory of all the victims of this world conflict of the first quarter of the twentieth century.

In a brief address, the President of the Association, Hellmuth Matthes stressed the importance of all joint efforts for the preservation of Peace and considered that the European Network of Places of Peace is a cornerstone for understanding people to continue this historic task.

The treaty of Passarowitz (today, Pozarevác, Republic of Serbia) was concluded 300 years ago in 1718 after the military victories of the Habsburg Monarchy against the Ottoman Empire that originally started war on the Republic of Venice. After the first commemoration at the Michel Montaigne University in Bordeaux in June, another international conference was held by the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest on 27-28 September 2018. The papers given by the participants coming from Hungary, France, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Austria and Serbia emphasised the importance of both treaties concluded at the same time. The actual peace treaty reflected the military situation, liberating the whole territory of the ancient Kingdom of Hungary from Ottoman occupation but rendering the region of Morea from under Venetian authority to that of the Turks. Apart from the diplomatic aspects of the negotiations, the speakers also underlined that the fate of Ferenc II Rákóczi and his fellow emigrants was also sealed by the treaty of Passarowitz. The second treaty concerned commerce and provided the Habsburg Monarchy with the same privileges that had only been granted to France in the previous period. The participants concluded that due to the political and commercial outcome of the peace treaty of Passarowitz, it should be considered as important as those of Westphalia and Utrecht.

The organization of the Commemorations of 300 Years of Passarowitz Peace Treaty had the participation of Dr. Tóth Ferenc, member of Hungarian Academy of Science and also member of the Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route.

The German city of Bautzen (Saxony) is the latest ENPP member, represented by the association STEINHAUS, e.V. which works closely with the local municipality.

The city of Bautzen is located in Saxony, Germany with about 40.000 inhabitants and on January 1018 a Peace Treaty between the Holy Roman Empire and Poland was signed in the city. A wide array of cultural and scientific events took place in the city throughout this year commemorating 1.000 years of this Peace Treaty.

DELEGATION OF ENPP VISITED BAUTZEN

On 28th September, morning, a delegation of ENPP composed of its President, Eduardo Basso, the Vice-President, Ulf Müller, the Chairman of the AGM, Hellmuth Matthes visited the city where were received by  the Director of the Association  STEINHAUS, e.V.  Bautzen,  Mr. Torsten Wiegel and had the opportunity to know more about the headquarters and activities of this association. During the meeting with Mr. Torsten Wiegel various issues related to the membership of the city and its integration into the Places of Peace Route were also discussed.

The ENPP delegation was also received by the Mayor of Bautzen, Mr. Alexander Ahrens, who, in a gesture of great hospitality, himself led a guided tour of the Town Hall building as well as all of the city’s Historic Center.

 

 

The Association for the Promotion of  Altranstädt Castle in Germany, founding member of ENPP, celebrated the Open Monument Day 2018 with several events which attracted many visitors to the place where on September 24, 1706 an Interim Peace was signed during the Great Northern War (1700-1721) between August II, the Strong and Karl XII, of Sweden, known as “Peace of Altranstädt”.

The day began precisely with a historical recreation of the day of the signing of this Treaty, in charge of an association of the city of Dresden specializing in historical events: arrival of the kings to the Castle, ceremony of signature of the Treaty and participation in a religious event in the Church annexed to the Castle where a sermon was given relating the visit of the kings to Altranstädt with the day of the Open Monument that was then celebrated.

After attending this historic recreation, the numerous visitors had the opportunity to make guided visits to the Castle, either individually or in groups, which allowed them to know more about the history of this important monument as well as about the historical events that took place on it and to taste the delicacies specially prepared for this day by the members of the Association for the Promotion of the Castle of Altranstädt.

A concert of music and singing by the group “Altranstädter Dorfmusikanten” was the perfect end to a true “Royal Day of the Open Monument”.