Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle
Association for the promotion of Altransträdt Castle is a non-profit association working on the promotion of the castle where the important Peace Treaty known as “Peace of Altransträdt” signed on 24th September 1706.
Altranstädt is a small village with approx. 800 inhabitants and political a part of the city of Markranstädt (18 000 inhabitants). The City of Leipzig with 570,000 inhabitants is situated 15 km away from Altranstädt.
The restoration of the Altranstädt Castle, initiated by the Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle e.V. started in 2003, in hope to create a cultural center for the surrounding municipalities.
Association ‘Trencin European Town’
The civil association “OZ TREUM – Trencin European Town” is concerned with the protection of cultural and historical heritage of the City of Trencin and its surroundings and cooperate in this area with regional institutions and with general public to achieve these goals.
Civil Parish of Evoramonte
Evoramonte is one of the oldest villages of the province of Alentejo (southern Portugal). Human occupation of this region dates back to the Upper Paleolithic and have had their heyday in the Late Bronze Age during which wad erected on this place one of major cities around the southwestern Iberian Peninsula, known as Dipo, which will been destroyed and abandoned by the Roman occupiers who left here very few traces of their passage.
Historical references to this village only come back after the Christian Reconquest of the territories in southern Portugal in the twelfth century, with reports that the town has received its first charter at the beginning of the next century (1248) from King Afonso III of Portugal.
In 1306, King Dinis of Portugal ordered the construction of the walls and later on, a couple of six seventeenth-century ramparts were built.
In 1531 an earthquake has destroyed a significant part of the village and the walls, that would later be rebuilt alongside the building by order of Don Jaime, 2nd. Duke of Braganza, the Tower / Palace of Evoramonte, monument of unique architectural features throughout the Iberian Peninsula and with a clear Italian influence.
In 1834, Evoramonte enter in Portugal’s history since the 26th. May of this year it was signed there the peace treaty known as the Convention (or Concession) of Evoramonte that ended the only civil war that Portugal has known for almost 900 years of history. Paradoxically, here begins the decline of the village and in 1855 lost its county, and its territory were divided among the neighboring municipalities of Estremoz, Évora and Arraiolos.
In the middle of the twentieth century, due to lack of work in agriculture Evoramonte suffers an intense emigration of its workforce for the industrial area of Lisbon, which had, as main consequence, a huge decline in its population, which remains to our days.
The main architectural monuments are the Old Town House, the House of the Convention, the Tower / Palace of Evoramonte (national monument), the medieval walls and gates (national monument), the Parish Church of Santa Maria, the Church of St. Peter, the Chapel of Mercy and more eight little chapels scattered by the surroundings.
European Network of Cultural Tourism EUREKA
European Institute for Cultural Tourism EUREKA (EICT EUREKA) is a non-governmental organization founded in the Black Sea Resort Albena in 2003 by Bulgarian and Dutch experts and consultants working in the field of culture, recreation and tourism.
Our expertise is in the field of Consultancy services in the hospitality sector, Regional strategy development, Development and management of high quality tourism products, attractions and destinations, Management and Implementation of Projects with EU funding, Surveys in cultural and historical heritage, Transfer of best practices, Elaboration of Cross-border and trans European cooperation, Conducting applied research in the field of the tourist industry and Vocational training and development.
The team of NGO EICT EUREKA continually explores the cultural value of the regions in Bulgaria – traditions, customs, historical and archaeological sites. We use innovative approach by the creation of tourist products and positioning of tourist attractions and destinations in Bulgaria. We are closely collaborating with local, regional and national authorities to create attractive tourism products based on the cultural values and rich culture historical heritage. Furthermore EICT EUREKA works with tourism businesses to develop and offer alternative forms of tourism, especially cultural tourism. The team of experts at NGO EICT EUREKA is focused on service excellence and continuous exchange of experiences and best practices from European countries that are leaders in the tourism industry.
Evoramonte Castle Friendship Association
LACE (Evoramonte Castle Friendship Association) was founded in the year 2000 through a public deed held in the Tower/Palace of Evoramonte with the aim of “civic, cultural and social intervention, using all legal means to afford the defence, the dynamization and the valorization of the architectonic, historical and cultural patrimony related with the Castle of Evoramonte”. To get it, it is allowed “to promote and make, inside and outside the Castle, debates, conferences, concerts, theatre and cinema performances, teaching and learning courses, shows or entertainment activities, parties, meetings, legal games, funds`gathereings, to render honour to someone and every activity that is conform to its objectives.”
LACE has been promoting a lot of activities and events since its foundation to accomplish its aims namely Musical Concerts, Imaginary Tour of Evoramonte, Commemorations of the Signature of Evoramonte Convention and the Street Crib of Evoramonte.
Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association
The aim of the “Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association“ is the sponsorship for the reconstruction, preservation and reactivation of the Castle Hubertusburg with all buildings und gardens belonging to the castle.
It was built in 4 periods from 1721 to 1753 and constructed by 4 different architects (Neumann, Pöppelmann, Knöffel and Schwartze). The castle-complex was intended to be one of the biggest and most extravagant palaces in Garmany and in Europe with a magnificent charisma of baroque art and culture, used as an hunting castle and the 2nd residence of The King August der Starke and his son Friedrich August III. He was not to live in his luxerious “home” for long, only 8 years.
“Hubertusburg Peace Talks” is one of the most important events organized by the Association every two years in which participated scientists, politicians, clergyman and other interested participants.
In 2010 the Association got the award of “Selected Place in the Land of Ideas” and in 2013 the European Medal from European People’s Party/European Parliament and the “Saxon Citizens’ Award 2013”.
Municipality of Estremoz
There are vestiges of the human presence in the county, at least since the Paleolithic period. From the Romans’ time there are today archaeological remains of a rustic villa in Santa Vitória do Ameixial and the “Moorish Tank”, a storage and water supply structure, next to the place of the Martires.
In 1336 the Queen Santa Isabel died in Estremoz, in its rooms located in the Medieval Castle, knowing that it was his habit to spend long periods in this town.
During the Liberal Wars, in Estremoz the so-called “Massacre of the Warehouses” occurred, in which more than 30 Liberian prisoners perished, murdered at the hands of the population and part of the Army. The celebrated Convention of Evoramonte was signed in this locality of the county of Estremoz, 26 of May of 1834, and put an end to this fratricidal war.
On April 25, 1974 the troops of the Regiment of Cavalry 3 left Estremoz towards Lisbon, where they played a key role in the fall of the dictatorial regime.
The marble and the quarries where it is extracted, strongly mark the landscape of Estremoz. This feature, used since the time of the Roman Empire, reached its apogee in Estremoz in the Baroque period, being part of the construction of palaces, religious monuments, statues, fountains and other buildings. The production of figured clay, commonly known as “Bonecos de Estremoz”, is an art with more than three centuries and is part of the cultural identity of this county. More than one hundred different figures are inventoried and every day new themes are invented, always related to the daily life of Alentejo Region people, in their rural and urban life.
Civil Parish of Alcáçovas
Alcáçovas is a Portuguese parish of the county of Viana do Alentejo with approximately 2200 inhabitants. Constituted only by the parish of the headquarters, had in 1801 about 1613 inhabitants, having been soothes county in 1258 and 1836. Alcáçovas was the scene of the signing of the treaty of the Alcáçovas-Toledo, in September 4th of 1479.
The parish council of Alcáçovas is an executive body, which is constituted by a president, a secretary and a treasurer. The members of the directorate are elected by the parish assembly from among its own members proposed by the president of the directorate.
Coat of Arms: Shield of Silver, two purple lions facing, armed and blue-lapped. In tip, a red fort. Wall crown of four silver towers. Listel is white with the caption in black: “ALCÁÇOVAS”.
Municipality of Kaynardzha
Kaynardzha Municipality is situated in Northeastern Bulgaria and is one of the seven municipalities in the region Silistra. It is a small municipality with an area of 314.96 square kilometers, bordering to several Bulgarian municipalities and a Romanian municipality on the land border between Bulgaria and Romania. Currently Kaynardzha is an agricultural municipality with a population of 5880 people and is situated on the geostrategic location, which nowadays serves as the cohesion and development of good cross-border relations with the neighboring Romanian municipalities.
The village Kaynardzha originated in ancient times, but the earliest written record about the village under the name “Kyuchuk Kaynardzha” is noticed in the Turkish tax records from 1583. During the years of the Ottoman Empire, v. Kaynardzha is one of the largest villages in Northeastern Bulgaria and Dobrogea (Dobrudzha) region. In 1774 this place had been crucial to the victory of Russia over the Ottoman Empire in the war 1768-1774.
Municipality of Vasvár
Vasvár was built on the western border of Hungary, near an important commercial and military road, along which the central parts of the country were connected with Northern Italy. Thanks to its favourable location it became a county seat and urban settlement. the development of the town was brought to and end by the Turkish occupation, and never reganted its previous importance. In the 18-19th century the town was principally known for its pilgimage and religious institutions. by now it has become a small town of 5.000, as a district centre it has an important role in administration. In addition to the House of Peace, the town can pride itself of major historical monuments: the Dominican monastery and church, the reconstruction the Vasvár rampart protection the former Road of Soldiers. Many of its natural treasures are well known: Szentkút Forest Park (the pilgimage site), the area of Natura 2000 surrounding the town, just like the vast majority of forests and meadows. The 85 degree Celcius thermal water coming from 2500 meters that feeds the town’s spa and district heating is of crucial importance. The town is situated on an important route even today, the No. 8, the main international highway leading to Austria, which offers opportunities for the development of the town.
Municipality of Viana do Alentejo
Viana do Alentejo is a Portuguese village, in the District of Évora that belongs to the Alentejo region, to the sub-region of Central Alentejo and is subdivided into three parishes, Viana do Alentejo, Aguiar and Alcáçovas. It is the seat of a municipality with approximately 400 km² of area and with approximately 6000 inhabitants. The Municipal Council is the governing body of each of the Portuguese municipalities, responsible for the day-to-day management and planning of the Council’s direction. Regarding the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo, the Executive is constituted by the President and by 4 Councilors.
Coat of Arms: Composed by a shield with a lion accompanied laterally by two escutcheon, by the Cross of S. Jorge or by the Cross of the Order of Christ. The central shield is still accompanied up and down by a star formed by two triangles with six rays.
Municipality of Zadar
A three thousand years old Zadar, situated on the eastern Adriatic coast, is the administrative centre of the Zadar County, 7486,91 km2 large area, half of which belongs to the coast, characterized by diversity of the relief and an outstanding beauty of the nature. Besides attractive centre, Zadar comprises former outskirts and beautiful islands and with its splendid position has a special place in traffic and tourism of the area. Connected with world by international maritime, air and land transport corridors, it’s primarily oriented toward tourism, and has well-developed food processing industry, precision mechanics, maritime affairs, mariculture, yachting, etc. It has long educational tradition and the university from 1396, and exceptionally rich historical and cultural heritage. It is the fifth largest city in the Republic of Croatia with the population of 75 000 inhabitants, the city that is of the perfect size to live in.
National Committee Commemoration Capitulations 1945 Wageningen
Commemorate and Celebrate in the ‘City of Liberation’ Wageningen, The Netherlands: The two dates that are very important and have a special meaning to many people, are the 4th and 5th of May. On the 4th of May we commemorate those who were lost during the Second World War or any other war. German troops in the Netherlands capitulated to allied forces, Silent March on the 4th of May. The procession will have a moment of silence at the Jewish monument at the Walstraat, where a small stone can be placed. The procession will continue to the Monument for the Fallen 1940-1945 on the Costerweg. All of the victims from World War Two will be commemorated at 20.00 at the Monument for the Fallen on the Costerweg with two minutes of silence. Right after that, there will be a wreath laying. Those present can place flowers by the monument.
School Ivan Denkoglu
127 General Education Secondary School ‘’Ivan N.Denkoglu”, founded by the generous patron and patriot Ivan Denkoglu, is the oldest school in Sofia with 170 years of history. The school prides itself on its excellent well-appointed and cozy classrooms and modern fully-equipped computer rooms, photocopying points and multimedia. All students have access to the school information centre. The school has an excellent atmosphere and very good order and organization of the learning process. Today the school has 800 students in the primary, secondary and high school levels. Students learn English starting from grade 1 to 7 and after achieving high in the exams in Bulgarian and Mathematics they continue to the secondary level from the grade 8 intensive English language course to grade 12 in four classes profiled ‘Foreign language’ and one profiled ‘Natural Science and Mathematics’. All school subjects are taught by the ambitious highly-qualified and experienced team of teachers.
Sredets District Municipality of Sofia
“Sredets” District is located in the central part of the city and it is one of the 24 territorial administrations of the Metropolitan Municipality. Its size is 304 hectars and the number of its citizens is 40 000. Sredets is one of the ancient names of our capital city, named like this due to its inner location during the First Bulgarian Empire, when during the Spring of 809 Khan Krum conquered it and it became a Bulgarian town.
The territory covered by “Sredets” District is not large in size, but it is a real administrative, political, cultural, educational, religious, commercial, business and sport center of the capital city. On its territory the buildings of the National Assembly, the President Administration Offices, 20 premises of central institutions, among which 9 Ministries, 20 Banks and more than 20 educational, cultural, scientific and sport institutions.
Youth Forum Association
The Youth Forum Association is a Romanian NGO founded in 2006 by a group of young people who wanted to promote their rights and purposes as young citizens, in order to assume a more active role in the Romanian society.
Our association’s mission is to support the regional initiatives of community development by involving young people into the decision-making process, and also by offering them the necessary tools and knowledge so that they can become actively involved in solving the community’s problems.
One of the association’s roles is to increase the number of young people who want to become involved in the decision-making process and give them the opportunity to express themselves as a voice that is officially recognized by society and so, contributing to debating and solving their community’s problems. This way, we want to influence the decision-making process and the policies that affect our local community’s development.
- Promoting European and democratic values and principles in the Romanian society.
- Promoting the involvement of youth in the decision-making process and in the community’s life in order to find solutions to certain problems.
- Developing young people’s civic identity and abilities so they can become actively and critically involved in the political processes that take place in a democratic state.
- Identifying groups of young people with aptitudes and democratic values, capable of engaging in political dialogs and formulating solutions to society’s problems.
Municipality of Edirne
Edirne is a historical city and preserved its importance and value throughout history. It is known that Edirne was founded by Traklar, who migrated from Central Asia in the early ages and settled here. The city was rebuilt by Hadrianus II from the Roman emperors and was named after Hadrianapolis. The Bulgarian Turks succeeded in capturing the city in 914. It was later occupied by the Pechenek Turks in 1050 and 1078, and was finally conquered by Sultan Murat I in 1361 and became the throne of the Ottoman Empire. In these years, Edirne lives the most glorious days of its history.
Edirne is the second largest city of Trakya after Istanbul with a population of 15840 inhabitants (2016).