By decision of its City Council on 26 November 2021, the city of Khotyn, Ukraine, made official its membership of the European Network of Places for Peace, thus expanding to 10 the number of European countries that comprise it.

The city of Khotyn, with a population of about 11,000 inhabitants, is located in the southwest of Ukraine and has a rich architectural heritage, in which stands out the Khotyn Fortress on the banks of the Dniester River, built in 1325 (picture) and of important historical heritage, namely, the signing of the Treaty of Khotyn (1621) which ended the Polish-Ottoman War of 1620-1621.

A delegation from the city of Khotyn, headed by its Mayor, Mr. Andriy Dranchuk, had already participated in person in the 13th European Meeting of ENPP held between 14 and 17 October 2021, in the German city of Markranstädt.

An informative page about this new member of the Association will soon be available on the ENPP official website.

By the 9th consecutive year, the city of Zadar celebrated the anniversary of the signing of its Peace Treaty, organized by the Municipality of Zadar, the Monastery of S. Francisco, the University of Zadar and the Museum “Heritage and Peace” of the Primary Schools “Islands of Zadar”.

This year, due to the pandemic, the celebrations were more limited with regard to public participation but did not fail to count on the participation of students from the St. Benedito Secondary School, the “Blagoje Bersa” Music School and the Primary School “Zadar Islands” as well as the Theater Group   “Posedarje ” with a historical representation of the signing of the Treaty of Zadar in the environment of the place where it was signed – the sacristy of St. Francis Monastery.

During the celebrations, it was also possible to listen to the welcoming speeches by the priests Stanko Škunca and Andrija Bilokapić, the testimonies of the Mayor of Zadar, Mr. Branko Dukić, of the Director of the Primary School “Zadar Islands”,Mr. Davor Barić  and Prof, Dr. Antun Nekić, from the Department of History at the University of Zadar and member of the Scientific Council of the European Network of Places of Peace, of which the city of Zadar has been a member since 2011.

Professor Anamarija Botica Miljanović also spoke about the connection of the Primary School “Zadar Islands” with these Commemorations and Anita Gržan-Martinović, Head of the Department of International Relations of the City of Zadar and member of the Board of the ENPP on the role of the city on the European Network of Places of Peace.

Special mention should be made to the speech of the Mayor, Mr Branko Dukić, addressed to the citizens of Zadar and the President of the European Network of Places of Peace, in which he highlighted that “the city of Zadar is a member of many international organizations and associations, but the European Network of Places of Peace has a special place, because the idea that unites us in this association has a universal and lasting value. Its main mission is the preservation and cultivation of peace, promoting knowledge of our history, cultural and social heritage, traditions and customs, but also of natural beauty, defending a better life for all of us and for future generations.

Zadar proudly celebrates the 663rd anniversary of the signing of peace, in the same place where it was signed, in an environment of peace and Franciscan spirituality. We are celebrating this historic event more than 600 years later, due to its positive effect on our city and region, including children and young people so that the memory of Zadar Peace will last and stay alive.”

All the events of this year’s Celebrations’ rich program have been recorded and a commemorative video will be released to disseminate through the media and social networks in order to be accessible to all who were unable to participate personally this year, due to the circumstances of the pandemic.

The President of ENPP, Eduardo Basso, sent a greeting to these Celebrations in which he defended that “our Europe is truly more Europe of health, more Europe of citizens, more Europe of peace, because that is exactly the path of Europe and the path of peace”.




The Municipality of Vasvár, member of ENPP,  organizes every year on August the „Day of Peace” in memory of the peace treaty signed on 10th August 1664, after the victory over the Ottoman-turkish army forces, and this year’s Day of Peace was held on 15th August, 2020.

The aim of this event was to present the peace treaty and its historical implications to the general public with cultural and enertaining programs for everyone.

Those who attended the Square were greated by Mr. Tóth Balázs, Mayor of Vasvár, and the announcement of the results of this year’s wine competition and award ceremonies took place.  On this great day wine flowed from the well of the town.

After a toast in the main square the participants walked over to the nearby House of Peace, where, in its courtyard various programs took place: concert, puppet theatre for children, guided tour of fine arts in the House of Peace. The Day of Peace ended up with a stunning firework show,  with great success and good experiences.

The peace treaty signed in Vasvár is of a great significance in the life of city and its people  is very proud to be able  to inherit the site of such an important peace treaty and to commemorate this significant event year after year.

The “Hubertusburger Peace Talks”, which have been organized every two years since 2006 by the Friends of Hubertusburg Castle, founding member of ENPP, will take place on September 19 in Hubertusburg Castle (Saxony, Germany), where one of the most important peace treaties of the end of the well-known “Seven Years War” was signed.

Under the general theme “30 Years of German Unity – Curse or Blessing?“, this year’s event will focus on three different moments on that day:

Starting at 10 a.m., a “STATIO for Peace” will take place in the Catholic chapel of the Hubertusburg Castle. It will be moderated by Ulf Müller, member of the board of the German association and vice-president of ENPP, and will be attended by representatives of 6 different religious denominations who will speak about the role of diversity of faith and spiritual exchange in peace building.

Starting at 11.30 a.m. the prizes of the “Youth Peace Prize” will be awarded, which is the 6th edition of an initiative that encourages young Germans to write, sculpt and paint on the topic of “peace”. The presentation of these prizes as well as the present edition of the “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will be presided over by the President of the Friends of Hubertusburg Castle, Dr. Wolfgang Kohler, and the Mayor of Wermsdorf, Matthias Müller, followed by a visit to the exhibition of the award-winning works.

After lunch, the “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will begin in the castle’s Culture Hall, moderated by Dr. Ine Dippmann, with contributions from Werner Rellecke, Saxon State Centre for Political Education, Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Tobias Hollitzer, member of the Council of the Citizens’ Committee of the City of Leipzig, Dr. Judith Enders, member of the board of the association “Perspektive Hoch 3” and Henning Homann, member of the State Parliament of the Free State of Saxony.

The “Hubertusburg Peace Talks” will end with a discussion between the speakers and the audience on the topic chosen for this year.

Today, 541 years have passed since the signing on September 4, 1479, at Paço dos Henriques, in Alcáçovas (Portugal), of the Peace Treaty between the crowns of Castile and Portugal which  ended the War of the Succession of the Kingdom of Castile. This important treaty was also responsible for defining for the first time the areas of influence of territorial, economic and cultural expansion of the two Iberian crowns, fifteen years later consolidated with the signing of the well-known Treaty of Tordesillas.

By the Treaty of Alcáçovas an imaginary line was drawn at the level of the 27th parallel, which defined the division of the domain of the seas between the two Iberian Crowns: to the north for the Spanish crown and to the south for the Portuguese crown. Spain received the Canary Islands while Portugal gained recognition of its dominion over the island of Madeira, the archipelago of Azores, Cape Verde and the coast of Guinea.

To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of this historic treaty, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo, Portugal (Member of ENPP and headquarters of the municipality to which the village of Alcáçovas belongs today) organizes during this month of September a cycle of four conferences that will take place in Paço dos Henriques, the place where the Treaty was negotiated and signed and which underwent important recovery and improvement works from 2016 to today.

This cycle begins precisely today, at 5 pm, with a conference on the theme “Revisiting Alcáçovas – Toledo. New perspectives of approach to the diplomatic documentation of the treaty ”, given by Dr. Maria Barreto Dávila, from the Humanities Center of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CHAM).

The cycle of conferences will end on September 26 and can be followed online through live streams on the page of Facebook of the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo.

The members of the Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle (Förderverein Schloß Altranstädt e.V.) in Germany, a founding member of ENPP, distributed more than 200 community masks produced by their own means to the local population.

The masks were fully sewn by the ladies who are members of the Association and all of them were identified with the Association’s name and logo.

The Association for the Promotion of Altranstädt Castle is a non-profit association founded with the aim of restoring this castle located in the Municipality of Markransträdt (Leipzig) and in which the so-called “Peace of Altranstädt” was signed on 24 September 1706  which reintroduced religious freedom in the Saxony region after the Counter-Reformation.

The distribution of masks is a small gesture of solidarity, but in this pandemic situation COVID-19 takes on particular significance.

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.