On the 3rd and 4th of September 2021, on the initiative of the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo, member of ENPP, several initiatives and events commemorate the 542 Years of the Treaty of Alcáçovas/Toledo, also known as “Paz de Alcáçovas”, signed on 4 September of 1479.
The commemorative initiatives will take place at Paço dos Henriques, in Alcáçovas, where the Treaty that ended the War of Succession of Castile (1475-1479) and opened the doors to the maritime expansion of the two Iberian countries was signed.

On September 3, from 6:30 pm, Bela Mestre will present the book “Doors and Windows that Count on Stories” which brings together 30 images of original watercolors of doors and windows in the town of Alcáçovas, which will be followed by the inauguration of an exhibition of these images which will be on display at Paço dos Henriques.

On September 4th, the ceramist Helena Garcia will dynamize a ceramics workshop, followed by the presentation at 5 pm the mural project “Women and Wisdom passed between Generations”, a mural open to the participation of the population and which intends to celebrate the role of women in the region and their wisdom across generations.

The program to commemorate the 542 Years of the Treaty of Alcáçovas/Toledo will close at 6:30 pm on September 4th with the Conference entitled “D. João, Marquês de Montemor e Senhor das Alcáçovas. Biographical and political aspects” and which will portray the historical character of D. João de Bragança.

The new exhibition at Hubertusburg Castle in Wermsdorf, scheduled for this year, is now in the process of being realised, and for the first time local people are also involved because the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD), the entity responsible by this German Castle, have invited everyone who feels connected to the castle to help create this exhibition.

The curator in charge, Selene Vincent from the SKD, points out that the exhibition is not only about history but also about current events.  “We are interested in joining all people associate with this place” she said.

The show is scheduled to take place in Hubertusburg from 11 September 2021.  So there is already plenty of historical visual material and even individual pieces from the former faience factory of Hubertusburg.

The popularity of the exhibition is not surprising, as there is a strong local desire to show visitors an exhibition in the castle again soon.

Many of the exhibits from the Dresden State Art Collections will also be presented in this royal hunting residence.

Thematically, the new exhibition will show the following contents, among others:

– the history of construction and use

– the history of the Hubertusburg Peace Treaties

– the forest and hunting

– the historical personalities, as well as,

– the beautiful things, such as faience and earthenware.

The presentation will probably be on display in the castle until November.

Next year there is planned to launch another exhibition. This was announced by CDU member of the state parliament Dr Christiane Schenderlein in view of the budget passed by the Free State of Saxony. The necessary funds are already available.

The Freundeskreis Schloss Hubertusburg e.V. (Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association), member of ENPP,  together with the municipal administration of Wermsdorf and other actors in the region, will actively support the preparations of this exhibition, whereby the special appreciation of the Hubertusburg Peace and the joint work in the European Network of Places of Peace will also play an important role.

 

ENPP launched a promotional video for Places of Peace Route with the aim of publicizing the main objectives and fields of activity of the Route that links the 12 places in Europe where Peace Treaties have been signed that integrate it.
In addition to general information about the Route, the video contains testimonies by the President of the Scientific Council of the Route, Áurea Rodrigues, the member of this Council, Patrizia Battilani, the Mayors of Kaynardzha (Bulgaria), Edirne (Turkey), Zadar (Croatia), Viana do Alentejo (Portugal), Wermsdorf (Germany) and Vasvár (Hungary) as well as the Spanish MEP Francisco Millán Mon, President of the Intergroup Caminhos de Santiago and Other Cultural Routes, of the European Parliament.
The video is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/JT3xzcYApWI.

 

Places of Peace Route” project, which is part of the larger project of the Association European Network of Places of Peace, won the 2ND prize in the NGO/Associations category, during the “Planetiers World Gathering” event held in the city of Lisbon, last Friday, 22 October.

The organization “Planetiers” guides its activity towards the sustainability of our planet, integrating very diverse themes, among which “culture for peace”. 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohan Munasinghe was one of the keynote speakers at this event.

 

“Places of Peace Route” is a cultural route of places in Europe where Peace Treaties were signed, created in 2012 and whose main objectives are the dissemination of culture for Peace and the tourist promotion of the places integrating it.

Currently “Places of Peace Route” includes 11 places in Europe located in 9 countries: Alcáçovas and Évora Monte (Portugal), Alcañices (Spain), Altranstädt and Hubertusburg/ Wermsdorf (Germany), Trencin (Slovakia), Vasvár (Hungary), Zadar (Croatia), Kaynardzha (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania) and Edirne (Turkey) and is a Candidate Route for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, for the 2020/2021 evaluation period.

This award is an acknowledgment of the quality of “Places of Peace Route” project and an important incentive for the work that public and private institutions in the various locations of the Route have been carrying out with a view to its European visibility and implantation.

Following the submission of Places of Peace Route application dossier for Cultural Route of the Council of Europe on 30 July, the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) informed the Borad of ENPP and the management of the Route that the documentation submitted complies with the criteria established by the Council of Europe and is therefore in a position to move on to the second phase of the evaluation process.

For this second phase, the EPA Secretariat on Cultural Routes, based in Luxembourg, has already appointed an independent expert who will be in charge of carrying out the documentary analysis of the application and its compliance with the certification criteria defined by the Council of Europe.

This year, due to the mobility constraints caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the usual field visits to Route sites will be replaced by online interviews with the Mangement of the  Route and its members.

This first result reflects the commitment of all Route members, from Portugal to Turkey, to achieve this year what they consider to be widely deserved:  the certification of Places of Peace Route as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, whether for the theme that is underlying – Peace – either by the positive and comprehensive way it is assumed by the Route.

Following the decision taken by the ENPP General Assembly and the Meeting of Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route, the Board of ENPP  successfully submitted a new application of “Places of Peace Route” to Cultural Route of the Council of Europe for the evaluation cycle 2020-2021.

This new application includes 12 places located in 9 European countries (from east to west): Edirne (Turkey), Kaynardzha (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania), Zadar (Croatia), Vasvár (Hungary), Trencin (Slovakia), Bautzen (Germany), Hubertusburg/Wermsdorf (Germany), Altranstädt (Germany), Alcañices (Spain), Évora Monte (Portugal) and Alcáçovas (Portugal).

With the submission of this application , a process begins which ENPP Board and all its members expect to end with the certification of Places of Peace Route by the Council of Europe, which may happen in April 2021 during the Governing Board Meeting of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of Council of Europe, if the planned timetable does not change.

ENPP was present today at the OSI Geneva Forum held at the United Nations building in the Swiss capital. OSI NGO is a
Special Consultative Status to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
ENPP presentation took place during the 6th Annual International Conference on Travel and Sustainable Tourism for Peace and Development and was led by Dr. Áurea Rodrigues, President of the Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route.
The invitation to this presentation came after the submission of an abstract about the objectives and activities of ENPP and the Places of Peace Route and its approval by the organization of this Forum.
This action made it possible for the organizations present at the Conference to learn about what the ENPP is and what its main objectives are, and deserved their interest and attention. Numerous contacts with various international organizations have been made today which will certainly be useful for the future development of our project.
Geneve Forum will continue until next Friday.

ENPP will be represented at the 11TH GENEVA FORUM which will be held in Geneva from 9 to 13 December 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in that Swiss city and will be attended by numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world.
GENEVA FORUM is organized by OSI NGO
(Objectif Sciences International) a science education focused NGO, which has special consultative status of the UN (ECOSOC) and which has been a leader in the field of citizen science (since 1992) and is the organization that created the first participatory research camps (2004).
The presentation of the ENPP will be made during the Conference “Travel and Sustainable Tourism for Peace and Development” which will be held on December 9th, Monday and results from the approval by the Forum oeganization of the abstract  submitted by ENPP and which can be found in the “Validated Presentations” section at http://www.osi-genevaforum.org/Sustainable-Travel-Tourism-Peace-Development.
The full text of this abstract, prepared by Áurea Rodrigues, President of the Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route, with the collaboration of Apolónia Rodrigues, Coordinator of Places of Peace Route and Eduardo Basso, President of ENPP, is as follows:

Culture has become a key product in the international tourism market, with tourists engaged in cultural accounting for 40% of international arrivals in 2016 (UNWTO, 2016). Culture is becoming a central factor of attraction in tourism. Heritage and cultural tourism can The environment, social place, cultural systems and tourism development are inextricably linked in a relationship when local values ​​are respected and when they are also transmitted to the tourist The European Places of Peace route represents one of the most genuine European values ​​the Route through the experience and the memory of the places of Europe where Peace was a fact, the places where Peace Treaties were signed The Route also emphasizes its contribution to strengthening mutual knowledge and exchange of experiences among the European peoples , its action in scientific historical research on the Treaties of Peace in Europe, the dissemination of a culture of peace in an educational perspective together with the younger generation as well as the decisive contribution it has made to the recovery and enhancement of the European Material Heritage. The Places of Peace Route includes 11 places from 8 countries (Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, Hungary, Portugal and Romania).
ENPP looks forward to taking advantage of this excellent opportunity to spread its objectives and activities around the world.

Under the title “No culture trail but no giving up either Network with Hubertusburg Castle wants to continue peace work” the German Newspaper “Oschatzer Allgemeine Zeitung” recently published an article by Ms.Jana Brechlin, in which she analyzed the candidacy of the Places of Peace Route for the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe and reflects the views of several members of the Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association and the Mayor of Wermsdorf ( Germany), Mr.  Matthias Müller, on this whole process.

Here is the full text of that article:

 

“After a year and a half of effort and hope, it’s now clear that Places of Peace Route will not be certified as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. At least not yet.

Representatives from a total of eleven European places where peace treaties were signed jointly launched the application. The Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association had also taken part in this, after all the Hubertusburg Peace was ratified here in 1763 – a final point under the Seven Years’ War. The Places of Peace Network wanted to connect such places in a total of eight countries on a cultural route.

In February an expert was therefore in Wermsdorf to examine the applications of Hubertusburg, Altranstädt and Bautzen – the three German members. “Maria Gravari-Barbas made it clear, however, that “I don’t decide on this, but pass on my report to the representatives of the Commission, which will then make proposals on certification to the Council of Europe”.

The European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP) was one of eight candidates to make it to the final round of certification. There, however, it came to an end that there was no recognition as a European Cultural Route. But there was no trace of hangover: “Even though we were not designated as a European Cultural Route this year, the Executive Board and the members see in this overall process a great recognition of the many years of successful work of our organisation” it says of the network.

The candidacy process had had a lot of good things. Thus, a separate website was created, on which the route and the individual locations are presented. In addition, the public perception of the places of peace had increased significantly.

Wermsdorf’s mayor Matthias Müller (CDU) also underlines this. “Hubertusburg and the other places of peace have become more conscious again – and that alone is important,” he said. Nevertheless, it was a pity that certification had not been achieved. “I find that regrettable, because a lot of work was put into the application.”

The network itself relies on these efforts having a far-reaching effect. In this way, both the network and those involved in the peace route would continue to work. In addition, the scientific advisory board of  Places of Peace Route, in which experts on history and cultural tourism from all participating countries are involved, has been set up in recent months. “Our candidacy has even helped to further develop the Council of Europe’s procedure for evaluating cultural itineraries” the association is proud of.

Ideas on how to network even better in the future have also already been presented in Wermsdorf. As an example, Ulf Müller cited the possibility of offering events specifically for young people. Wolfgang Köhler, chairman of Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association, assured the audience that they had already many years of local experience in this regard and referred to the biennial competitions for the Youth Peace Prize: “We notice again and again that the topic is very close to the hearts of young people and it is exciting to see how young people look at peace” he had made clear at the presentation.

During the whole time of the application for cultural route, there had been active cooperation in the Places of Peace network and broad support. Ulf Müller of the network’s board of directors emphasized that we want to thank everyone for this. “Many developments here in Hubertusburg give us the courage to be optimistic and to continue” he looked ahead. One would not stop with the work begun, only because it did not work now with the certification to the culture route. So the recognition could be examined in the future possibly also by other European certificates.
Wermsdorf’s Mayor would like to use the support of a Brussels party colleague to do this. “I would suggest to get our MEP Peter Jahr on board as well” says Matthias Müller. He could certainly help to remedy any weaknesses in the application and thus increase the chances that the joint route with Hubertusburg Castle and other European places of peace will still be recognised as a cultural route after all. For Müller is convinced that nothing has changed in the significance of this: “Peace is more important for us today than ever. That is why it is necessary to make use of every opportunity to focus on the topic.

In September 2017, the European Network Places of Peace (ENPP) presented the candidacy of  Places of Peace Route as a cultural route of the Council of Europe, which was transferred to the evaluation cycle 2018/2019. This candidacy was based on the fact that its general theme – peace – and its specific theme – the places in Europe where peace treaties were signed – are of genuine European value.

The Places of Peace Route candidature integrated 11 sites in 8 European countries: Portugal, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

The ENPP was one of eight candidates to reach the final round of certification at the Council of Europe. Even though we have not been designated as a European Cultural Route this year, the Board and the members see this overall process as a great recognition of the many years of successful work of our organisation.

The whole process involved in this candidacy also had many positive aspects for our network and our route. In particular, it enabled the discussion on the almost forgotten European Peace Treaties to be taken to the level of the European institutions and the specific contents of the Route to be deepened internally. The public perception of our route and its visibility at European and global level has been significantly increased and a new website has been created dedicated to the route and its locations with versions in English, German and Portuguese. In addition, Places of Peace Route Scientific Council has been set up, integrating renowned scientists from the fields of history and cultural tourism from all the countries on the route. Our candidacy has even helped to develop the Council of Europe’s procedure for evaluating cultural itineraries.

ENPP and Places of Peace Route will continue to work consistently. We have not started with the certification by the Council of Europe and will not end because we have not yet received this certification this year. We will continue to work towards our goals at every location and at European level, possibly including obtaining other existing European certifications.

The preparation and development of this candidacy wasn’t only the work of the ENPP management and the Peace Route coordinator, but had actively involved all ENPP members in the eight European member countries, as well as many other external persons and institutions who supported this initiative.

We would like to thank all those who have supported this process in the certainty that they will continue to support the future activities and initiatives of our network.                                                                      May 2019

The Board of European Network of Places of Peace