Cultural Routes of the Slavic World finally on the map of Europe

The first international conference entitled Cultural Routes of the Slavic World on the Map of Europe took place in Ljubljana under the auspices of the international foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana. It was dedicated to presenting the proposals for new cultural routes in the framework of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme that aim to showcase both cultural and historical specifics of Slavic countries and similarities between them, and present them to the rest of Europe and the world. The conference was attended by representatives from Belarus, Croatia, the Russian Federation, Poland, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia.

At the plenary session Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, presented the European cultural routes project, while the participants presented three proposals for the establishment of a network of unique Slavic routes that not only reflect the ethnic, linguistic and cultural unity, but also represent the common spiritual dimension of Slavic countries.

In cooperation with partners from Slavic countries Andreja Rihter, Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures, presented the Hear the Word route, the route of literature, authors, museums, towns where authors lived, worked and left their mark.

The guests from Russia presented the Shrines of Undivided Christianity and Royal Residences of Russia and the Slavic World routes. The pilgrim route Shrines of Undivided Christianity aims to connect the most important cathedrals and monasteries of Russia, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia and the Czech Republic that were named after Christian saints or those where these saints’ relics are kept.

The cultural route Royal Residences of Russia and the Slavic World is to be dedicated to the Romanov dynasty that had ruled Russia for more than 300 years, leaving a profound mark in the country’s national history. The route testifies to the close ties between the Romanov and other Slavic dynasties whose rule shaped the international politics and defined the joint vision of Slavic nations and their mutual support. It also connects different palaces built in different architectural styles, for various purposes and in various parts of the immense empire.

New cultural routes will be presented again at the session of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Luxemburg. Participation in the programme will facilitate the promotion of Pan-Slavic heritage at all major international cultural and tourism platforms: World Tourism Organisation, UNESCO, United Nations Office in Vienna. The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme currently counts 32 routes criss-crossing Europe and showcasing its cultural heritage. The programme’s priority is to strengthen the partnership with Russia and countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.