The XII Annual Forum of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, which is being held in Lodz, Poland, started yesterday under the theme: “Cultural Routes: Social and Creative Dimension of Cultural Heritage in a Post-Industrial Context.”
The 2023 Advisory Forum is organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. Participants from 40 EPA member states and representatives from 47 certified Cultural Routes are exploring “the role of cultural heritage in the construction of a peaceful and democratic society” within post-industrial societies and linking it with contemporary challenges to heritage posed by conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change.
Europe, September 3, 2023 – The European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC) 2023 have commenced with an extraordinary celebration of Jewish heritage, culture, and memory across the continent. This year, under the theme of “Memory” and with the invaluable support of the European Commission’s Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Values program (CERV), the esteemed patronage of UNESCO, and a fruitful collaboration with the National Library of Israel the EDJC 2023 is proving to be a poignant and enriching cultural journey.
The festival officially launched on Sunday, September 3, with more than 230 activities spanning 63 cities across 20 countries. This inaugural day witnessed the enthusiastic participation of an estimated 40,000 individuals. While the festival’s activities extend until the end of November, accommodating the diverse schedules and unique characteristics of each participating region, the significance of this first day cannot be overstated.
Brussels, 3 September 2023 – This Sunday afternoon, the AEPJ (European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage) was proud to inaugurate the 24th edition of the European Days of Jewish Culture (EDJC), the annual festival of Jewish heritage and culture, from the Great Synagogue of Europe. This year, the festival is dedicated to the theme of “Memory,” — a profound exploration of the past that shapes our present and guides our future. It is a concept deeply embedded in the history and culture of Judaism, representing both personal recollections and collective commemorations of significant events. The festival provides a platform to explore the multifaceted dimensions of Memory and to reflect on the historical journey of the Jewish people.
BRUSSELS — 30 August 2023
François Moyse, AEPJ President, was interviewed regarding the Opening Ceremony to the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023, which will occur this Sunday, the 3rd of September 2023 at the Great Synagogue of Europe.
Mr. Moyse introduced the radio host, Lise Benkemoun, to the mission of the AEPJ prior to sharing information regarding the program planned for the Opening Ceremony. As he explained, multiple representatives of European institutions, including UNESCO and the European Commission, are scheduled to speak about the importance of Jewish culture and heritage in the European context, especially as a means of fostering dialogue and participating actively in the fight against antisemitic prejudices.
Additionally, musicians will be present to play a wide-ranging set of pieces, which will speak to the diverse nature of experiences and ideas associated with the theme of Jewish memory.
Excitement is building as organisers and coordinators of the European Days of Jewish Culture are putting the finishing touches on an annual celebration that highlights the richness of Jewish culture and heritage across the European continent.
Scheduled to take place on 3 September, 2023, the Opening Ceremony of the European Days of Jewish Culture will launch this year’s edition of the European Days of Jewish Culture. The ceremony is set to take place at the emblematic Grande Synagogue de l’Europe in Brussels. This choice of venue is of particular significance, as it is one of the main seats of the European Union, and it testifies to the vital role of Jewish culture in fostering understanding and collaboration between European communities.
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.
AEPJ President François Moyse was interviewed by French web magazine Tribune Juive in the context of the upcoming annual European Days of Jewish Culture festival, which will kick off on September 3 throughout the European continent.
Sunday September 3 marks the start of the 2023 edition of the European Days of Jewish Culture.
François Moyse, President of AEPJ, the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage, explains to Haïm Musicant the reasons for the success of this event, now organized in 29 countries.
François Moyse, you are President of AEPJ, the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage. Every year, you organize the European Days of Jewish Culture. On September 3, they will be inaugurated with a ceremony in Brussels.
Agudath Israel has received a grant from the Ministry of Culture in Moldova to develop activities in the context of the Jewish History Tours project. Jewish History Tours is an innovative project that leverages the power of location-based storytelling to create engaging and high-quality tours on Jewish life and culture, dealing with pan-European topics, such as multiculturalism, persecution and migration. The project to be developed by Agudath Israel, “Along the Routes of the Jewish History of Moldova” (“Pe rutele istoriei evreieşti a Moldovei”) is an innovative form of preserving material and cultural Jewish heritage on the territory of Moldova in the form of audio and online tourist guides in the main European languages, created on the basis of European platforms in cooperation with the Cultural Routes projects of the Council of Europe.
The AEPJ General Assembly meeting was held online on Friday, June 30th.
Led by AEPJ President François Moyse, representatives of AEPJ member institutions were present at the General Assembly, during which they shared constructive feedback regarding the projects of the previous year. AEPJ Director Victor Sorenssen also shared information pertaining to new projects and initiatives for the AEPJ, especially regarding the development of the European Days of Jewish Culture, the European Route of Jewish Heritage, certified by the Council of Europe, and additional European projects in collaboration with partner institutions. Additionally, Patrick Bikard was named as new AEPJ Treasurer.
The AEPJ network continues to grow in terms of its members, institutions and future projects and collaborative initiatives that allow us to be very optimistic about the future.