XX Latin-American Meeting on Promotion and Management of Heritage Cemeteries


The twentieth Latin-American Meeting is currently taking place from 11 throughout 16 November in Malaga and is attended by over 120 delegates from Latin America and Europe. Besides the Latin-American and Spanish Cemeteries Network, the meeting was organized by the University and Municipality of Malaga with the support of several partners. The leit-motiv was Heritage Cemeteries as cultural, touristic and educational resources. Besides the many conferences on the subject, guided visits have been organized at the San Miguel Cemetery and English Cemetery in Malaga, as well as to the War Memorial of the Spanish Civil War and archeological site of Antequera. The Friends of the Monumentale of Milan attended with a paper that illustrated the peculiarities of the most significant Milanese cemetery and their activities in preserving, promoting and enhancing this magnificent open-air museum. The meeting is looking forward to a future cooperation between the Latin-American and Spanish Network and ASCE.


WWI Armistice Ceremonies at the New Cemetery of Belgrade (Serbia)






“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.” (Kohima Epitaph)



Due to the fact that the New Cemetery in Belgrade is one of the rare, urban civilian cemeteries comprising several WWI Military Cemeteries, each November is marked with the series of commemorations devoted to all victims of the Great War.
On the occasion of the Italian Armed Forces Day and WWI Armistice Ceremonies, on November 4, 2019, the commemoration was held at the Italian Military Cemetery within the New Cemetery of Belgrade, for the purpose of remembering Italian soldiers killed in the Great War, as well as all the casualties of the Great War, other armed conflicts and peace-keeping missions.
 




Another   commemoration devoted to the victims of the Great War was held on November 5, 2019, at the Austro-Hungarian Military Cemetery. The ceremony of laying wreaths and paying respects was attended by high ranking state and church officials from Austria, Hungary and Serbia, representatives of the embassies and defense attaché offices accredited in Belgrade. 


 

This series of commemorations was finalized by the Central State Ceremony, at the very day of the WWI Armistice, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 hrs. The Central Ceremony commenced at the French Military Cemetery, followed by the main event in front of the WWI Memorial Ossuary of Belgrade Defenders. The ceremony continued by laying wreaths at the WWI Russian Ossuary, whereas the finale was marked by commemoration at the Commonwealth War Cemetery.



The Remembrance Day is commemorated each year on November 11, as a token of remembrance of the WWI armistice signed in the railway wagon in Compiegne (France) and the hostilities formally ended on November 11, 1918 - "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" In accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, each country was obligated to maintain the war cemeteries on their territories, disregarding the religion or nationality. Based on the decision of the SHS Kingdom from 1919, the Municipality of Belgrade secured the areas for French, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian military cemeteries. The cemeteries were constructed by their respective countries in the period between 1928 and 1934. From their establishing until this day, the foreign military cemeteries are treated as separate, ex-territorial units, within the New Cemetery of Belgrade.










WWI Floral Remembrance Symbols

Impressive memorial evening at Westerveld





Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium organised a memorial evening on Friday, 1 November. Many people braved the autumn weather to visit the atmospherically illuminated memorial park, coming together to light candles and remember loved ones.

European Cemeteries Tour 2020: SignUp

European Cemeteries Tour 2020
Only 20 seats left and 2 months for signup.

Cemeteries are increasingly opening up as new spaces for tourist visits and cultural manifestations. In this context it is very important to emphasise them as part of cultural tourism. In order to promote it, European Cemeteries Route began with the project European Cemeteries Tour in 2018.

KD Kozala Rijeka, together with its partners from Zagreb and Zadar, is the first organiser of the project European Cemeteries Tour 2020, during which stories from Croatia will be presented.

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Interest for the tour is amazing, as the tour program is promising really splendid cultural adventure. Beyond cemeteries, tour will include many cultural events, including European Capital of Culture 2020 in Rijeka.

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SignUp is available at this link in the European Cemeteries Tour website with 2 packages available. Make sure to sign up on time as the tour has limited number of seats available (only 20 left at the moment).

AGM 2019 report

AGM 2019, Ghent
On October 3rd, the Annual General Meeting took place at Provinciaal Administratief Centrum 'Het Zuid' in Ghent.
Over 150 participants from 19 countries joined a splendidly organised meeting and conference. Thoughtful presentations and sparking debates revealed the possibilities and issues in shared use and reuse of cemeteries.

AGM was preceeded by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek, president of ASCE and all steering committee members were present or gave proxy to other members. During the AGM several things were outlined and discussed:

1. Elections of new steering committee and presidency took place. Among candidates, members voted for following:
  • Lidija Pliberšek, Maribor, Slovenia (president)
  • Renate Niklas, Vienna, Austria (SC member)
  • Martin Ernerth, Berlin, Germany (SC member)
  • Thodoris Tzoumas, Skiathos, Greece (SC member)
  • Melissa Lamaida, Bologna, Italy (SC member)
  • Andreea Pop, Bucharest, Romania (SC member)
  • Miquel Trepal Celis, Barcelona, Spain (SC member)
  • John Moffat, Liverpool, United Kingdom (SC member)
Newly elected president Lidija Pliberšek nominated new delegated representatives:
  • Ian Dungavell, London, United Kingdom
  • Olaf Ihlefeldt, Berlin, Germany
2. Steering Committee and presidency work in the past 4 years was presented by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek.

3. Financial report for 2018. A well balanced finances statement provides secure future for general work of ASCE. Mrs Lidija Pliberšek presented the surplus achieved that is invested into future work of ASCE.

4. New members of ASCE, European Cemeteries route and new significant cemeteries were presented and provided certificates of membership.

5. Scientific Representative report was presented by Andreea Pop, highlighting the editorial work for AGM and future ideas on improving scientific work.

6. List of hosts for AGM 2020-22 was presented. Host of AGM 2020 (Milano) invited participants to the next year's event.


7. Mr Dušan Vrban as the manager of the European Cemeteries Route presented the ideas for further developments. One of the most important projects is the first ever European Cemeteries Tour that will take place in Croatia in May 2020.

8. An overview of other important projects that are taking place at ASCE and Route were presented by Mr Dušan Vrban. Among many projects that take place at ASCE, WDECSchools on cemeteries, Symbols and Stories were emphasised.

9. Special report was prepared by our host, city of Ghent with complete overview of the conference.

Photos from the AGM and conference are available at this album.

Henry Keizer passed away

Henry Keizer
A man of honour, leadership, strength, humour, sympathy, empathy and great sense of cultural heritage of cemeteries is how we will always remember Mr Henry Keizer.

His dedication to help us in our mission was truthful, powerful and memorable. Loss of his presence will influence our work. Yet we must and will recall his spirit and thoughts as he would want us to do. Stay on the roads he helped us build in the vision he felt as much as we do.

Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe presidency, steering committee and members express our condolences to his family and friends who grieve these days. In our hearts and thoughts we stay aside.

Lidija Pliberšek
President


A tribute to Carlo Maciachini in Trieste

Carlo Maciachini, the architect of the Monumentale Cemetery in Milan will be paid a tribute in Trieste on October 17th in connection with the 150th anniversary of San Spiridione, the church of the Serbian-orthodox community designed by Maciachini. A joint presentation of the volume, Carlo Maciachini, un positivista eclettico (C. Maciachini, an eclectic positivist) will be provided by Francesco Krecic (Cultural Heritage) and Carla De Bernardi (president of the Amici del Monumentale) at the Museo Revoltella at 7 pm. A concert performed by young Serbian musicians will follow. Celebrations will last through October 20th and include an exhibition about San Spiridione, a concert by the San Spiridione Choir and consecration of the church.

Elections candidates 2019

List of candidates for president and steering committee is ready.