During the week of 29 November to 3 December, more than 22 members of the 4 cultural routes of the Council of Europe that make up the consortium of the Creative Europe WalkEur project met at the headquarters of the AEPJ in Barcelona. The project is lead by the Routes of the Emperor Charles V, and has as international partners the European Association for the preservation and enhancement of the Jewish Heritage (Luxembourg), the European Ceramic Route Association (Italy), and ATRIUM-Architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century (Italy), all of them Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
During these training days, the theme of Cultural Management was discussed from the point of view of the challenges faced by the institutions that work with this type of routes and the solutions that can be found through innovation in this sector. The members of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage invited to participate in this second training were the Jewish Heritage Route through Belarus led by The Together Plan, the Shtetl Routes led by Brama Grodzka ‐ Teatr NN, the Route of Jewish Heritage in Poland led by the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning and the Catalan Route of Jewish Heritage led by Patronat Call de Girona.
During the programme, topics such as accessibility, network management, different fundraising strategies and other issues related to cultural management were discussed. All this was done through working methodologies focused on networking, case study analysis and presentations by specialists in the field of cultural management.
During this seminar we traveled to Girona, where we worked in the case study of “The Jewish Quarter and the Museum of Jewish History”, a lecture on the “Patronat Call Girona and development of cultural and touristic offer, link to the Jewish Heritage “, and a workshop “Looking to the future on the management of cultural Routes”. We closed the training in Girona with the celebration of Hanukkah, and the highlighted participation of representatives of this European project in the public lighting of Hanukkah candles held in the city’s town hall square and organised by Patronat Call de Girona by lighting one of the candles.
It is through such projects and meetings that the brand of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe grows and becomes stronger, cooperating between routes and improving the strategies that allow us to become more and more competent and inclusive.