in this issue you will find a compilation of some of the activities that will be developed in Spain in the next months, besides a summary of the Cultural Tourism Conference recently celebrated under the auspice of the European Institute of Cultural Itineraries and the European Council. As a result of this meeting, there will be an official document of recommendations that is going to be presented to the European Council. Here we present you a small advance of it, but soon the recommendations will be published in www.culture-routes.lu. The Secretariat of the Spanish Network of Jewish Sites.
We are working in the programme of Summer 2005 in the Spanish Network of Jewish Sites: concerts, guided tours, children activities, exhibitions and several events. Soon this will join the calendar of our web site and at the end of June 2005 a special bulletin will be published, containing the whole information of activities in the twenty-one cities.
Members of the Jewish community of Malaga, accompanied with their rabbi, Joseph Cohen, were received on April 17th by members of Iuventa Association, who showed them the Jewish heritage of the city. They also celebrated a service near the monument which was built in honour of the Spanish families of the Sephardic Diaspora. This monument, a big Menorah, situated near of the archaeological remains of Baeza Door, an ancient door of the city wall that had direct access to the Jewish quarter. There it can be read in Spanish and Ladino:
The traces of who walked together never could be forgotten. In honour of the Spanish families in the Sephardic Diaspora.
Las trasas de ken andaron endjuntos nunka podrán ser albaldadas. En omenaje a las famiyas espanyolas en el galut sefardí.
The new European horizons of the tourism
On April 21st and 22nd, 2005 a seminar titled 'Cultural Tourism: the Challenge of European Integration' was celebrated in the Abbey of Neumünster, in Luxembourg, within the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union. It was inaugurated together by the Minister of Culture, Higher Education and Research, Mr. François Biltgen, and by the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Fernand Boden. The second day, the Secretary of State of Culture, of Higher Education and of Research, Mrs. Octavie Modert, presented the conclusions.
More than two hundred participants: experts, professionals, operators, delegations from ministries of Culture, Environment or Tourism from some thirty countries spoke together of the importance and richness of transnational initiatives, of cultural routes, of relations between tourism and culture in their countries and in a changing Europe.
'But this great challenge means a re-inforced co-operation not only between the most important intergovernmental organisations and member states, through a strong common policy, but also between the various sectors of these Institutions and of central administrations in charge' to quote Mr. François Biltgen, Minister of Culture, Higher Education and Research...and Work.
Three big round tables were celebrated simultaneously:
- The first on the importance of the quality of the suggested products, on the labels such as the cultural itineraries of the European Council, the UNESCO List of World Heritage, as well as on the diversification of the museums approach that involve actors or a specific animation for the young tourists, all the steps that match the greatest demand from the new public.
- The second on the new technologies that have became essential tools for the preparation of any journey, with the development of creative web sites presenting virtual journeys, the reservation in the last moment, or even the new presentation of the patrimony thanks to reconstitution of disappeared places or to 3D images, or to the mobile telephone...
- The third on the importance of the search of the best tools that allow the ones responsible for planning, heritage and tourism in the touristic cities to analyse better the economic impact of this tourism based on a cultural and patrimonial attraction.
Tourism is a major element in the economies of most European countries and, whilst it undoubtedly contributes significantly to a nation’s wealth, it may also damage the most valuable sites, bring problems of congestion and trivialisation of cultures.
As an aid to achieving a responsible but viable tourism industry, the conference concentrated on examples of good practice in development, drawing on the experiences of countries within the EU and those which are expected to join within the next ten years.
This seminar also paid attention to numerous matters in connection with the concept of integration, from the entry of the new member countries of the European Union, up to the recognition of the contribution of the minorities to the European culture, and to the reconciliation among regions and countries following historical conflicts.
The final session presented a declaration on the cultural tourism that it informed and did recommendations to all those that get involved in the promotion of a long-lasting touristic economy. This declaration should allow the European Commission to fix its priorities in this sector for the coming years.
Like advance of conclusions of the conference, the plenary approved a writing of recommendations:
APPENDIX - Conclusions draft
At the conclusion of the conference, the Luxembourg Presidency wishes to propose a number of recommendations which it expects to be carried forward by the following presidencies to promote a common policy on matters of cultural tourism in respect of:
- Further improvements of the processes of integration of the new member states,
- Being founded on criteria of quality which most effectively distinguish the products of cultural tourism,
- Benefiting from the efforts of applied research in the areas of management tolls and good governance which are still missing from the sector,
- Taking into account the crucial importance of new information technologies and encouraging the best initiatives which favour a real understanding of heritage before and during the visit,
- Supporting cultural diversity and sustainable development by avoiding the attacks by mass tourism on cultural tourism,
- Proposing a new dialogue between the European Union and Council of Europe programmes.
The detailed contents of the sessions as well as the final document of conclusions will be soon in the web site of the Institute of Cultural Itineraries: www.culture-routes.lu
Photo of the last edition.
On June 22nd the fourth edition of the Sephardic Music Festival of the Andalusian city begins. The concerts will take place at 11 pm in the Botanical Garden of Cordoba.
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The 50th edition of the flowers and patios exhibition brings to Bonastruc ça Porta Centre several ephemeral installations that can be seen only the week of May 14yh to 22nd, from 10 am to 9 pm. There is a place to evoke a time of living together, represented by the interchange between flowers and words.
Nevertheless, during this month of May flowers also become the motto of temporary exhibitions in the Museum of History of the Jewish People. This year it is possible to see 'Flowers, courtyards and gardens', watercolours by the association Amics de l'Aquarel·la de Girona i comarques, and 'Woven Flowers', tapestries made by Embolic tapestry workshop, of Torroella de Montgrí, both until May, 30th.
At the same time, it will be music, cinema and theatre activities during the week of the exhibition. On Saturday May, 14th tendrá lugar The Night of the Museums, an open doors evening to the Girona museums till midnight. There will be a dramatised tour and a klezmer concert.
Another open doors day, the International Museum Day, coincides again with the Girona flowers exhibition, on May 18th. This day also will be celebrated screening Las cajas españolas, directed by Alberto Porlan (2004).
Sunday May, 15th at 6 pm, it will be a concert of Sephardic and Ashkenazi folksongs by Trio Galicyjskie and Mrs. Maria Laffitte. Tuesday May, 19th Friday May, 20th afternoon, it will be concerts of instrumental groups of the Girona Conservatory, and Saturday 21st at 6 pm, the last concert by an ensemble of flutes.
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- Course on Sephardic gastronomy
This course is addressed exclusively to professional restaurateurs. It is organised by the Town Council of Culture of Segovia, in collaboration with the School of Hotel Business 'Angel del Alcazar', where the sessions will take place from May 31st to June 2nd, from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be an introduction to the world of the Jewish tradition, introducing the Cashrut laws, the way of cooking food, the recipes and other data that allow going into the Sephardic gastronomy.
- Assembly of the Spanish Association of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
From June 2nd to 4th 2005 in the Lecture Room of the Alhondiga (Corn-exchange)
This year the annual assembly of the Spanish Association of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (AEEHJ) meets in Segovia. On the previous days, seminars on Judaism open to all publics are organised. More information: www.aeehj.org
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On May 8th at 7 pm in the Transito Synagogue, there is one of the concerts organised by the Department of Culture of the Board of Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, in the musical activities programmed in the International Festival of Contemporary Music. The show is titled Litanies of the Fire and of the Sea and it is up to Juan Carlos Garvayo Sholej Hejazi.
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This year, the consolidated festival of Murcia suggests a special programming of theatre, music and dance that will take place in different spaces of the city, from Tuesday May 10th until Friday 27th. As colophon, on Saturday May 28th, The Party of the Three Cultures will take place in different spaces of the city, with outdoor concerts and street performances.
The cinema will also have a main character in this festival. A cycle has been programmed, under the title Cine Tres Culturas in the Municipal Centre Puertas de Castilla. Always at 9 pm, a wide exhibition of Israeli, Western and Arab cinema will be projected: titles up to 21, representative of the three cultures.
On the other hand, the festival has place for different temporary exhibitions:
- 'Murcia and the Cardinal Belluga', in the Centre of Art Palace Almudi, from May 16th to the July 10th.
- 'The Spirit of Jerusalem', photographs by Shai Ginott, in the Museum of the City from May 5th to the 1st of June (with the collaboration of the Embassy of Israel in Spain).
- 'Medina and Harem', paintings by José Claros on North-African medinas and the harems of Turkey, Egypt and Tunis. In the Casino of Murcia, from May 13th to 28th.
At the same time, the University of Murcia organises the course Expressions of the identity of the Three Cultures, in the Faculty of Arts, from May 9th to 19th. More information on this course: University of Murcia, Vicerrectorado de Estudios y Postgrado, Servicio de Promoción Educativa. C/ Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 9, 3º - 30007 Murcia. Phones: (+34) 968 367262 / 33 20/ 33 57 / 33 59 / Fax: (+34) 968 363897. E-mail: email@example.com www.um.es/unimar
You can see the whole programme at: www.fiestasdemurcia.com
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