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Project of a Council of Europe Cultural Route:
'European Post-Colonial Heritage'
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The Network

The International Network of Emigrant Towns and European Post-Colonial Heritage is defined as an International Association formed by public institutions and social and cultural organisations interested in the preservation and dissemination of historical memory and the culture of emigrants who returned to Europe.

What is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme is a project governed by an Enlarged Partial Agreement, with the participation of the Council of Europe, the European Commission and as many as 31 states (new countries join every year). It is governed by the resolutions of the Council of Ministers/Res (2013) 66 and 67, of 18/12/2013, confirming the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, signed in 2010.

  • The central aim of this programme is to contribute towards the promotion of European citizenship and identity through an awareness of the common heritage of Europe and the development of cultural links and dialogue in Europe and with other countries and regions. It seeks to shape a common cultural space by instigating cultural routes in order to encourage awareness of heritage, education, the creation of networks, sustainable cross-border high-quality tourism and related activities.

  • A Council of Europe Cultural Route is a cooperation project in the field of Cultural, Educational and Tourist Heritage in Europe, aimed at developing and promoting one or several routes based on a historical way of communication, a cultural concept, a person or a phenomenon with international importance and significance for the understanding and respect of common European values. It may be a physical route or a network of heritage sites. A total of 33 Cultural Routes, devoted to various aspects of Cultural Heritage (architecture, art. prehistory, historical persons, religious routes, traditional cultures, etc.), are currently recognised by the Council of Europe.

  • What are the advantages of the recognition?

    • Certification is free and is a recognition backed by the Council of Europe.
    • It is a high-quality distinction for Cultural Heritage and tourism.
    • It affords visibility and prestige at an international level.
    • It facilitates the development of networks and contacts at regional and international levels.
    • Training programmes are held for professionals.
    • Joint activities are held among institutions and networks.
    • The recognition is well-known and has established partners to be able to apply for European funding (Interreg, Cosme, Erasmus, etc.).

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Why the European Cultural Route Project `European Post-Colonial Heritage´ ?

European Post-Colonial Heritage as a Cultural and Tourist Resource

Europe possesses important cultural heritage, with countless cultural expressions, resulting from migrations to overseas colonies in the Modern and Contemporary periods.

Architecture inspired by colonial towns and places in America, Africa, Oceania and Asia, music filtered by the movements backwards and forwards, colonial products like tobacco and chocolate that generated social rituals and behaviour, traditions and historical memory of those who emigrated and one day (especially in the nineteenth century and part of the twentieth century) returned and created a post-colonial culture of great interest and influence in the social, cultural and economic life of their places of origin.

At the present time, a large number of towns and regions in Europe retain the memory and inheritance of an old migratory and colonial past that has influenced what we are like today, what Europe is like today, with its romantic virtues and, often, its historical errors. European culture undoubtedly owes a great deal to everything it received from its colonies and places of immigration. In recent years, the post-colonial heritage of those who returned (especially after the start of decolonisation processes) has been vindicated by numerous towns and places.

Today, museums, historical memory centres about European emigration, towns and regions that inhabitants emigrated from and to which capitals, cultures and people returned, multi-cultural fairs and festivals, and several political and socio-cultural institutions, remember that not very distant past by organising intense cultural and tourist activity of great repercussion and interest. It therefore comprises a new tourism niche.

In addition, initiatives are emerging in different parts of Europe to empower networking in order to generate consolidated routes and tourist products (heritage, gastronomic, musical, etc.), to produce synergies and share experiences. Destinations and cultural activities based on post-colonial cultures are undoubtedly a resource that can and should be explored and exploited in twenty-first century Europe.

The entity promoting the candidacy

The Network of Emigrant Towns in Catalonia was founded in 2005 on the initiative of the Town Corporation of Begur (Girona) with the aim of researching, identifying and disseminating the tangible and intangible heritage of emigrants from Catalonia. At the same time, the network is exploring the potential of this heritage as a tourist product and as a way to cooperate in the joint preparation of activities among the villages and towns from where people emigrated to former European colonies, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Eleven towns currently form part of the network: Arenys de Mar, Begur, Blanes, Calonge-St. Antoni, Districte Sant Andreu (Barcelona), Lloret de Mar, Palafrugell, Sant Pere de Ribes, Sitges, Torredembarra and Tossa de Mar.


The INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF EMIGRANTS TOWNS AND EUROPEAN POST-COLONIAL HERITAGE is open to all institutions that manage or work on this European Heritage, throughout the countries that make up the Council of Europe. The institutions can be public or private. Likewise, all the entities that study, protect, collaborate or disseminate the values ​​of the Poscolonial Heritage can be part of the network.

With the adhesion to this Network, the interested entities join to the CULTURAL ROUTE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE Candidacy for all the elements that are included in this network.

The partners support the recognition of this Historical Heritage as part of the common heritage of the peoples of the Council of Europe, with cultural and tourist values accord with those contained in the Council of Europe’s Extended Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes

Adhesion is made in two simple steps:

1st. The letter of Adhesion is sent to the network, which responds to the interested party in a short period of time.
2nd. Upon acceptance as a new partner, a Government agreement must be sent certifying the adhesion of the petitioner, which it is incorporated – as a full member – at the first Assembly of the Association.

Documents must be fullfilled and sent to info@municipisindians.cat

Lloret de Mar, 20-21 / Sept. 2018

Venue: Municipal Library of Lloret de Mar (Pere Torrent Square, 1)




Lloret de Mar, 20-21 / Sept. 2018

Municipal Library of Lloret de Mar (Pere Torrent Square, 1)

Please check the corresponding box if you intend to attend:

Yes, I will attend to the official dinner of the Forum.

Yes, I will attend to the guided visit at Lloret de Mar.

PROTECTION OF INFORMATION: According to the Organic Law 15/1999 of December 13th of Personal Information Protection (LOPD, for its initials in Spanish), the information provided by the User will be processed exclusively with the objective mentioned in the registration form.

Hotel Delamar

Av. Just Marlès, 21-23
Tel. +34 972 36 51 88

Double room – Bed & breakfast: Eur 76.50
Single room – Bed & breakfast: Eur 61.50
Double room - Half Board date 20/09: Eur 96.90
Single room - Half Board date 20/09: Eur 81.90
Lunch date 20/09 : Eur 18.00 € (drinks no included)
The inscription is free and includes the participation, the coffee breaks and the official dinner.
Accomodation and lunch expenses are not included.

IMPORTANT: The attenders have to booking their rooms and lunch 20/09 directly in the hotel indicating that the booking is for participants in the INTERNATINAL FORUM ON EMIGRANT TOWNS AND EUROPEAN POST-COLONIAL HERITAGE, 20 - 21 de September 2018.