Week of discovering European cemeteries (WDEC) 2017 - May 29th to June 4th

At the end of May cemeteries around Europe invite visitors to concerts, exhibitions, guided tours and other cultural events that promote the cultural heritage.

Spring Awakening at the Vienna Central Cemetery - 20 April 2017

On 20 April this year, the concert entitled Frühlingserwachen (‘Spring Awakening’) witnessed its premiere at the cemetery church of St. Charles Borromeo, located in the Vienna Central Cemetery. The musicians of Vienna City Brass and Festklang delighted the visitors with lovely melodies by Vivaldi, Schubert and other great names. Furthermore, Alexander Legniti (director of the cemeteries in Innsbruck) recited some short, witty and thought-provoking poems. Despite the bad weather, many people came to enjoy the concert.    

WDEC 2017 - Monumental Cemetery Certosa of Bologna

The 2017 summer calendar in the Certosa, Bologna Monumental Cemetery, is now here with a new series of night walks and events.

The collaboration of various entities of Bologna allowed putting together a very rich programme featuring 50 events: guided tours, theatre events, itinerant shows,etc.
Thus art, history, anecdotes and reflections will bring the spotlight back onto the Certosa from 28th May to 30 September 2017.

WDEC 2017 - Aleksandri Cemetery in Narva (Estonia)

During the Week for Discovering European cemeteries Estonian Heritage Society organises a guided walk and voluntary maintenanc work at Aleksandri Cemetery in Narva, Estonia.

Virtual guide to Florence's English cemetery

The English cemetery in Florence, Italy is introducing its virtual guide of the cemetery.    

WDEC 2017 - Cemetery of Kozala in Rijeka, Croatia

The programme of introducing Cemetery Kozala during the Week of discovering European cemeteries is following:    

El cementiri municipal obre les seves portes per a la celebració d’un concert nocturn

El concert, que porta per títol “1 Piano & 200 Velas” tindrà lloc el 14 de juliol a les 22 hores. 

WDEC 2017 - May 24th 1917 - TURIN during the World War I

In occasion of the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries, in the Centenary of World War I, "the River Piave murmured!" (Is the title of a famous song in memory of May 24th 1919) at the Monumental cemetery in Turin, a guided tour to understand the events that involved the city of Turin in the Great War. 
With the high patronage of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers.

WDEC 2017 - "Open air museum day" at Milan Monumental Cemetery

The Municipal Administration of Milan, in order to enhance and promote the Monumental Cemetery, has planned a series of events ''Monumentale: Musei a cielo aperto''.

WDEC 2017 in Maribor: new book and exhibitions

Symbols of stone and flowers.

WDEC 2017 - EPITAAF vereniging voor funeraire archeologie

Tafofiel 36 - Extra Mei 2017 - Week van de Beegraafsplaatsen. 

‘’La città della memoria’’ at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan

The Municipal Administration of Milan, in order to enhance and promote the Monumental Cemetery, has planned ‘’La città della memoria’’.

TIME TRAVEL to the Monumental cemetery of Torino (Italy) Experience during WDEC2017

A fascinating journey beyond Time and Space 

Westerveld Fair in Westerveld Memorial Park on 11 June

Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium (Duin en Kruidbergerweg 2-6, Driehuis the Netherlands) will organise the second Westerveld Fair on Sunday 11 June from 10:30 until 16:00. The Art & Nature-themed Fair is freely accessible to all.

Nature in a prominent position
With its rolling dunes and diverse plants and trees, Westerveld is a perfect setting for the Fair. “The special monuments and history also make this location unique”, says Carla Bosua, director of Westerveld. There will be a wide range of exhibitors at the Fair, including trade, the arts and nature. There will also be a falconer and members of staff will be organising a ‘nature’ workshop. “With live music, a catering pavilion serving all kinds of delicious food and children’s entertainment, there is something for everyone. This year, we will be increasing our focus on nature and natural products. We will be offering herb plants and cut firewood, for instance, and we will provide information about plants. We’re convinced we’ll make a lot of people happy again!”

Historic theatre
Those interested in history will be able to enjoy an open-air play about famous historical figures who found their final resting place in the memorial park. One such figure is Jan Jacob Slauerhoff (1898), one of the most important Dutch poets and novelists. Brother and sister Louis (1883) and Heintje (1888) Davids – variety artists and big names in Dutch cabaret – and Artis figurehead Frits Portielje (1886) will also be featured.


Requiem Monumentale by Yuval Avital

Amici del Monumentale with the support of  motivated volunteers welcomed over 1,500 people to  the premiere of Requiem Monumentale Sunday, 14th May.

International Turin Exibition Salone del Libro "Reading" inside the Cemetery

At the Monumental Cemetery in Turin on May 19 a reading by PAOLO NORI from A.S.PUSKIN's book. You can visit this website for more details.

WDEC 2017 - Northern cemetery of Rennes

Le samedi 20 mai et le Dimanche 21 mai 2017 au Cimetière du Nord de Rennes, Anthanagor,  le gardien imaginaire du lieu, ouvrira de nouveau les portes de sa nécropole pour deux visites étonnantes, inédites et incroyables ! 

Funerària participa en la Fira Modernista de Terrassa

L’activitat que ha promogut l’empresa funerària municipal ha recreat un enterrament d’època.  

WDEC 2017 - Monumental cemetery of Milan

L’Amministrazione Comunale, al fine di valorizzare e promuovere il Cimitero Monumentale, ha previsto: “La città della memoria”, è un progetto per promuovere e valorizzare il Cimitero Monumentale di Milano attraverso un percorso di visita teatralizzata rivolto ai ragazzi del secondo ciclo delle Scuole Primarie (8 - 11 anni) e delle Scuole Secondarie di Primo Grado (11 - 13 anni). L'iniziativa prevede anche occasioni rivolte alle famiglie da realizzarsi nei weekend.

WDEC 2017 - TORINO (Italy) "Discovering the Immortals" with pictures of THE SILENT CITY

"Discovering the Immortals", the Photo Group calling "Photograffiatori", in collaboration with the Turin Civic Libraries, presents THE SILENT CITY Fragments of art and History in a photographic collection.

Inauguration Thursday 18 May at 6.30 pm, free admission.The exhibition will close on 30 May

WDEC 2017 Discovering the Immortals in Torino (Italy)

At the Monumental Cemetery of Turin (Italy) many events and guided tours on the occasion of the WDEC Week of Discovering European Cemeteries.
The theme of this edition is Discovering the Immortals and we assure you great emotions and cultural accretion!

Have a look at the calendar

Along the Alleys of the New Cemetery in Belgrade

Each May, the New Cemetery in Belgrade traditionally takes part in the Belgrade International Architecture Week (BINA).

WDEC 2017 - Old Cemetery of Podgorze in Krakow

Association PODGORZE.PL invites you to a guided walk of Old Cemetery of Podgorze (Stary Cmentarz Podgorski). The guide will start on Saturday the 3rd of June at 18:00 in front of the Old Cemetery gate.

150th anniversary of the Monumental Cemetery of Milan

Association Amici del Monumentale from Milan, Italy and Magá Global Arts Around the World will present on Sunday, 14th of May from 15:00 - 17:30 at Cimitero Monumentale di Milano (The Monumental Cemetery in Milan)  the Requiem Monumentale by Yuval Avital, a world premiere touring event and an unique musical and perceptive experience. 

WDEC 2017 - Sant Antoni Abat City Cemetery (Alcoi)

During the Week of discovering European Cemeteries the Sant Antoni Abat City Cemetery (Cemetery of Alcoi) will organise two free visits for all visitors.

WDEC 2017 - Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa

“Week of Discovering European Cemeteries” - Discover the Immortals 
Have a look at the events in Staglieno Cemetery - Genoa:

Guided tours:
from May 29th to June 4th 2017
Guided Tours  (Excepted June 2nd h10.00 a.m and June 3rd h3.00 p.m.)
10.00 a.m. Let’s save our cultural heritage of Staglieno. Following  an itinerary including the old portico and the nearest areas we will visit some of the most important recently restored sculptures such as “La Venditrice di Noccioline” (The Nuts Seller) Caterina Campodonico, Scanzi’s Nocchiero Angel and the grave of Constance Lloyd - Oscar Wilde’s wife.
11.30 a.m. Looking at Staglieno with poets’ point of view. An evocative itinerary will guide the visitor through  verses and tales of great poets and literary men like Mark Twain or famous characters like the empress Elizabeth of Austria (nicknamed Sissi)
3.00 p.m. Staglieno, Risorgimento , National Liberation: Human history and National ideals.
This Itinerary will focus on the historical importance of some characters who, in different periods and ways, left a mark on Italian history. Starting from the Second World War Memorial (Campo dei Caduti), the tour will guide the visitor back to the past where rest some of Risorgimento’s main characters like Giuseppe Mazzini, whose grave is a fundamental starting point to understand  the National identity.
Pick up near the Statua della Fede.
Photo exhibition
From May 29th to June 4th
Discovering the Immortals
Photo Exhibition by Maurizio Logiacco
Looking for the Olimpus Gods. Twelve pictures, twelve Greek Gods. The photographer looked for the iconographic signs of the Gods during the classical period, capturing foreshortened, single figures and entire memorials in  Staglieno.
Central Hall
From h 8.00 a.m. to h 4.30 p.m.
A year of restoration work.
May 31st
h 10.00 a.m. Official Launch of the restoration works with the participation of Caterina Olcese Spingardi, member of the Archelogical, Arts and Landscapes Autority of Genoa, La Spezia, Imperia and Savona.
Laic Temple
H11.30  a.m. Inauguration of the restored Chiossone Monument, with the participation of  David Chiossone Institute.
Boschetto dei Mille (Starting from the Laic Temple)
H 3.00 p.m. Discovering the recently restored monuments guided by the restorer Stefano Vassallo member of the Archelogical, Arts and Landscapes Autority of Genoa, La Spezia, Imperia and Savona.
Pick up Lateral Hall (near the flowers shops)
Meet up with blind people
June 2nd h10.00 a.m.
Guided tour to Staglieno reserved to blind people.
Reservation required
Max 20 people – 2 hours tour
For information and reservation please contact  Lidia Schichter: tel. 328 4222168 -lidiaschichter@gmail.com
Pick Up Laic Temple
Spoon River amaranto:
June 3th h 10.00 a.m.
Tales and Music
«Ma chi te cride d'essere...nu ddio?
Ccà dinto,'o vvuo capi, ca simmo eguale?...Muorto si'tu e muorto so' pur'io;
ognuno comme a 'na'ato é tale e quale» 
from the poetry  “A Livella” by Totò, a Neapolitan actor 
“Who do you think you are? Maybe a God? Here we are all the same. You are dead, I am dead too. We are all the same”
Voice: Mauro Pirovano
Violin:  Oleksandr Pushkarenko
Images: Luciano Rosselli
With the partnership of Teatro dell’Ortica
Laic Temple

Photo Tour
June 3rd h3.00 p.m.
Eternity in a picture
Photo Tour with a professional photographer who will tell secrets and tecniques to get a perfect photo and with a guide who will tell the history and the style of the statues.  All participants wil practice with the camera.

Gospel Concert
June 4th 11.00 a.m.
Millelire Gospel Choir
Directed by Andrea Porta
May 25th at 5.30 pm in Strada Nuova Museums, in Palazzo Rosso and in Franco Albini’s Showcase inauguration of the exhibition  “Immagini per l’Eternità”- “Pictures for the Eternity” - Staglieno Cemetery observed by 19th century photographers , will be open for visiting till 30th July

Free entrance for all the events

WDEC 2017 - Modernist cemetery Lloret de Mar free tours

Visit the Modernist cemetery in Lloret de Mar on 24, 25 and 26 of May for the free tour of the cemetery and celebrate with them the week of discovering European cemeteries.