Europa Nostra celebrates the 50th Anniversary in Athens

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Dear Friends,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend Europa Nostra’s European Heritage Congress for 2013 which will take place in Athens between 13 and 17 June 2013. This will bring together members of Europa Nostra and other representatives of the ever-growing cultural heritage movement from all over Europe. This Congress will mark the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra’s continuous action in favour of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage.
The Congress is being organised with the invaluable assistance of our member organisation and country representative in Greece, Elliniki Etairia, which itself is celebrating this year 40 years of action for the protection of the Greek environment and cultural heritage.
The Europa Nostra Congress in Athens will be attended by a large number of heritage professionals, volunteers from all over Europe, many prominent invited guests, as well as, high representatives of EU Institutions, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. H.E. Mr Karolos Papoulias, President of the Hellenic Republic, has granted his patronage to the entire Congress and to the Awards Ceremony in particular. We have also benefited from the kind and generous support offered by a large number of public and private bodies in Greece.
Following meetings of the Europa Nostra Board and Council on 13-14 June, the Local Award Ceremony at the Averoff Building – where the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens is located – on the evening of 14 June and the Excellence Fair with presentations of the achievements receiving a 2013 EU/EN Award on 15 June, the two main events of the Congress will take place on Sunday, 16 June:
a) In the morning: our General Assembly, marking the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra, hosted by the New Acropolis Museum and chaired by Europa Nostra’s President Maestro Plácido Domingo. On this occasion we intend to announce the first Europa Nostra list of “7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe”. Thus we shall mark this important milestone in the life of our organisation by giving new impetus to our commitment to mobilising public and private support for saving Europe’s endangered heritage.
b) In the evening: the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, celebrating the winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Odeion of Herodes Atticus under the Acropolis, thanks to the kind permission and support of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will be co-hosting this exceptional event.
The ceremony includes a cultural/musical performance which will both express the inextricable link between Europe’s tangible and intangible heritage and highlight the deep connection between Greek literature and music and the natural environment in which it has flourished over about thirty centuries.
We will also be arranging up to three photo exhibitions (for more details see the enclosed programme). In addition, a number of inspiring heritage visits will offer you the possibility to discover the outstanding archaeological sites and museums in Athens such as the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysos, the New Acropolis Museum, the Agora and the Pnyx, the Byzantine and Benaki Museums, and the neoclassical National Observatory of Athens.
The Congress will conclude on 17 June with a One-Day Island Cruise, an unique opportunity to visit two of the most beautiful Greek islands near Athens: Hydra and Aegina (for details see the Congress programme). Please note that there is a limited number of places available for this exceptional cruise. We therefore strongly recommend the earliest possible registration. We are glad to offer a reduced rate of 150 Euro p.p. for registrations made before 1 February 2013. From that date, the cruise rate will increase to 175 Euro p.p.
Post-Congress Tours will offer a choice between a full-day excursion on 18 June with visits to the classical Temple at Sounion and the Industrial Heritage Site of Lavrion (both ancient and modern) and a 3-day/2-night tour in the Peloponnese on 18 – 20 June. This tour has been specially designed for Europa Nostra; it will include visits to Mystra, Kalamata, Olympia and Messene, staying at the splendid Romanos Hotel of the Costa Navarino resort, one of the best in Greece. If overall numbers are at least forty and at least fifteen of these prefer to tour the Crusader and Venetian castles of Pylos (Palaiokastro), Methone and Koroni as an alternative to Olympia, a visit to these sites will be arranged for Wednesday, 19th June”. For more details about this exceptional post-congress tour please see the Congress programme.
The detailed programme of our Congress is now available /
 Please register and in particular for the Island Cruise.
Please also spread the information on this Congress among your own network since we also want to encourage the participation of non-members of Europa Nostra as part of our attempt to further enlarge and strengthen our European movement for cultural heritage.
A selection of reasonably priced and conveniently located hotels is also available on our website. You can make your reservation directly with these hotels using the booking code “Europa Nostra”.
Please note the following specific deadlines:
· Congress registrations: 1 February (with “early bird discount” for the Island Cruise)/ 15 April
· Hotel reservations: 15 April
· Payments: 15 April
Cordially yours,
Denis de Kergorlay
Executive President of Europa Nostra
Costa Carras
Vice-President of Europa Nostra & Co-Founder and First President of Elliniki Etairia
* The members of IEMC-UNESCO will not be charged with the supplement fee of non members.
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