UNESCO Grants its Patronage to the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023

In a momentous stride forward, the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 has been granted the prestigious UNESCO patronage for its upcoming festival. This remarkable acknowledgment not only underscores the significance of preserving cultural diversity and historical memory but also pays tribute to the dedicated EDJC organizers and coordinators who have tirelessly nurtured the festival’s growth.

The UNESCO patronage holds profound implications, signifying the profound resonance between the festival’s objectives and UNESCO’s mission to safeguard cultural heritage and foster cross-cultural dialogue. This milestone achievement can be traced back to the EDJC Organizers & Coordinators Meeting, a pivotal event held earlier this year in Paris. During this gathering, participants were privileged to visit UNESCO’s headquarters, engaging in purposeful sessions designed to deepen their understanding of the organization’s endeavors and their connection to the European Days of Jewish Culture.


The European Routes of Jewish Heritage Showcases Successful Collaboration with Europeana

We are thrilled to announce that the results of the Jewish History Tours project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, are now available and embedded within the pages of the European Routes of Jewish Heritage. This significant collaboration has connected Europeana, the European digital library, with the European Routes of Jewish Heritage certified by the Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, highlighting the project’s achievements as a best practice example for other cultural routes under the Council of Europe.

Jewish History Tours is a groundbreaking initiative that harnesses the power of location-based storytelling to create captivating and immersive tours focusing on pan-European topics such as multiculturalism, persecution, and migration. These exceptional tours are meticulously crafted by local partners who possess in-depth knowledge of the local Jewish history and the sites that narrate those compelling stories.


EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 Closing Ceremony to be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

Exciting news for all European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) organizers and coordinators! The highly anticipated EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 will reach its climax with a final session and closing ceremony at the prestigious UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The AEPJ and the coordinaton of the European Days of Jewish Culture is proud to announce that the final session and closing ceremony of the EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 will be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This is a significant milestone in the history of the festival and a testament to its growing reputation and importance.

As the festival continues to grow and evolve, this partnership with UNESCO will help to further promote the importance of Jewish culture and heritage, and provide a platform for discussions about the role of Memory in shaping our cultural identities.


The EDJC Organisers & Coordinators Meeting 2023 in Paris

The European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) is a continent-wide festival that takes place annually in cities across Europe. The festival aims to promote Jewish culture and heritage, and to create a platform for dialogue and understanding between Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

The festival is organized by local coordinators and volunteers, who plan and execute a wide variety of cultural events, such as concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, and lectures. These events take place in museums, synagogues, cultural centers, and other venues, and are open to the public.

The EDJC Organisers and Coordinators Meeting 2023 is an annual event that brings together organizers and coordinators from across Europe to share ideas, best practices, and to plan for the upcoming festival. This year’s meeting will be held in Paris on February 22nd and 23rd, and will focus on the theme of “Memory“.


The International Izmir Sephardic Culture Festival, awarded within the Respect for History Local Conservation Awards

The International Izmir Sephardic Culture Festival has been awarded within the Respect for History Local Conservation Awards. This festival, directed by Nesim Bencoya and his project Izmir Jewish Heritage, AEPJ member in Turkey, happened over nine days in December that included the week of Hanukkah, thousands attended the annual Sephardic culture festival that Nesim has organized since 2018. The festival included concerts of Jewish and Ladino music, traditional food tastings, lectures on Izmir’s Jewish community, and — since it coincided with Hanukkah and also a Shabbat — both a menorah lighting ceremony and havdalah ceremony were conducted with explanations from Izmir’s leading cantor, Nesim Beruchiel.

This year’s festival marked a turning point: it was the first in which organizers were able to show off several of the centuries-old synagogues that the project — with funding from the European Union and the local municipality — has been restoring.


Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre organizes The Lubliner Reunion 2023

The Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre, AEPJ member in Lublin, Poland, organizes its Lubliner Reunion 2023, an international meeting of the Jewish inhabitants of Lublin and their descendants.

The program will offer a rich array of meetings, lectures, commemorative events, exhibitions, music, theater, film, tours and workshops. The whole event will be an opportunity for Lubliners to get to know each other as well as present-day Lublin.

The main part of the Reunion will take place from Sunday, July 2, 2023 (Welcome Ceremony and Gathering) through Wednesday, July 5, 2023 (Closing Ceremony). On July 6 and 7 Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre will be offering tours to nearby destinations of interest, and on Friday evening, July 7, 2023 the Lublin Jewish Community will be facilitating Shabbat services and dinner.


EDJC 2023 Poster Competition: participation is now open

The AEPJ is organizing a competition within the framework of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 for the creation of its official poster, on the theme “Memory”. The competition is open to the Coordinators and Organizers of activities of the EDJC and they may distribute this call among their networks.

The purpose of the competition is to create the 2023 poster for the European Days of Jewish Culture, which will be published online on the association’s website, printed and distributed by the national coordinators on various media (brochures, posters, press releases, websites, etc.) all over Europe.

The poster must include the AEPJ logo (including the Council of Europe logo), the EU flag with the text “Co-funded by the European Union” and the National Library of Israel logo; the word “Memory” and the name of all participating countries.


The European Days of Jewish Culture, this year under the umbrella of the CERV programme

The European Days of Jewish Culture festival, which has been organised since 1999 by the AEPJ, pursues to highlight the diversity and richness of Judaism and its local, regional and national historical importance, with the firm intention of promoting dialogue, recognition and exchange through conferences, concerts, performances, guided tours and other activities, which take place simultaneously throughout the continent.

The pan-European festival of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023 will take place in an extraordinary context and under the umbrella of an exceptional programme: the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme of the European Union. The AEPJ-led European funding project has been awarded €486,760.00 for the development of this edition, which will include a face-to-face EDJC Organisers and Coordinators meeting in Paris , online training on Memory, a Remembrance seminar in the Netherlands, a photographic European exhibition in Paris, an online exhibition on theinternational holocaust remembrance day, and much more.


Multiplier Event of the Fab Route project inviting the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe present in Catalonia.

The AEPJ has organized, at its headquarters at Casa Adret, in Barcelona, ​​a meeting between the cultural routes certified by the Council of Europe that have members in the territory of Catalonia. The goal of the meeting was to disseminate the outputs of the Fab Route project, a KA2 project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme to enhance EU Cultural Routes by designing an innovative educational module to improve their members skills in relation to Cultural Heritage Management and sustainable tourism. In addition, we took the opportunity to find out, due to territorial proximity, which are the common interests, needs and realities shared with AEPJ, as well as Patronat Call de Girona and Diputació de Lleida, as members of the Catalan Route of Jewish Heritage.

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