WDEC 2024 at the Piratello Cemetery

The Piratello Cemetery in Imola, Italy
On Saturday, June 1st, 2024, a guided tour will take place at the Piratello Cemetery in Imola, Italy, exploring the theme of women and botany.

About the event

On the occasion of the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries, a free guided tour will be held at the Piratello Monumental Cemetery on Saturday, June 1st, 2024, at 10 AM and 3:30 PM.

The tour will explore the theme of women and botany in history and art, both in Imola and beyond. This journey through remembrance will uncover the stories of female figures and botanical elements planted and depicted within the Piratello Monumental Cemetery.

Reservations are required by Friday, May 31st, at 12:00 PM. Please call 0542 602609 or email musei@comune.imola.bo.it to reserve a spot. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 25 people.

Meeting point: In front of the Piratello Monumental Cemetery office building, via Emilia Ponente 19A.

The event is organized by Area Blu, the Municipality of Imola, the Museums Sector, the Metropolitan City of Bologna, and the Emilia-Romagna Region.







WDEC 2024 at cemeteries in Berlin

Explore the varied program of events that will take place in different cemeteries in Berlin in May and June 2024.

Friday, May 24th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Saturday, May 25th

Herbal tours with Silke Schoppe
Location: Old Cemetery St. Marien – St. Nikolai
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Sound in the light - Music at the blue hour
Location: Chapel at the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Sunday, May 26th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

VHS offer: Birdwatching tour at Bergmannstrasse cemeteries
Location: Trinity Cemetery II
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Cemetery tours in front of Hallesches Tor with Norbert Haag
Location: Cemeteries at Hallesches Tor
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Tuesday, May 28th

Nature-based after-work walk with NABU
Location: Old Luisenstadt Cemetery
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Wednesday, May 29th

Guided tours of the Brecht-Weigel Museum through the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery
Location: Inner courtyard of the Brecht House
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Friday, May 31st

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Saturday, June 1st

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Sunday, June 2nd

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Guided tour of the Old Luisenstadt Cemetery with Jakob Preuss
Location: Old Luisenstadt Cemetery
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Cemetery tours in front of Hallesches Tor with Norbert Haag
Location: Cemeteries at Hallesches Tor
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Wednesday, June 5th

Guided tours of the Brecht-Weigel Museum through the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery
Location: Inner courtyard of the Brecht House
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Friday, June 7th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Saturday, June 8th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Long day of urban nature - cemetery of course!
Nature discoveries and practical tips.
Location: Old Luisenstadt Cemetery
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Music from the 13th and 17th centuries - played by the Trecento group
Location: Chapel at Friedrichswerder Cemetery, Kreuzberg
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Sunday, June 9th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Long day of urban nature - Cemetery habitat - tour with Ronald Kroth (NABU)
Environmental education, nature conservation and art in the cemeteries on Seestrasse.
Location: Cemeteries St. Johannis II - Nazareth I - St. Paul
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Long day of urban nature - Rainwater management and climate adaptation measures in cemeteries
Location: Georgen-Parochial Cemetery II
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Guided tour with Uwe Lüdemann through the Cemetery Trinity II in Bergmannstrasse
Location: Cemetery Trinity II
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Cemetery tours in front of Hallesches Tor with Norbert Haag
Location: Cemeteries at Hallesches Tor
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Long day of urban nature - A paradise for bees
Environmental education at the cemetery.
Location: Cemetery Dorotheenstadt III
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Wednesday, June 12th

Guided tours of the Brecht-Weigel Museum through the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery
Location: Inner courtyard of the Brecht House
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Friday, June 14th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Saturday, June 15th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

The art of farewell - Art therapy for those who mourn
Location: Cemetery Chapel at Friedrichswerder Cemetery, Kreuzberg
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Sunday, June 16th

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Cemetery tours in front of Hallesches Tor with Norbert Haag
Location: Cemeteries at Hallesches Tor
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Wednesday, June 19th

Guided tours of the Brecht-Weigel Museum through the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery
Location: Inner courtyard of the Brecht House
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Friday, June 21st

JAMES TURRELL - Light art presentation
Art exhibition with introductory lecture in German and English from Friday to Sunday at sunset (changing start times).
Location: Dorotheenstadt Cemetery I
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

Cemetery night at Sophien II
Cultural program and illuminations until sunset.
Location: Cemetery Sophien II
Organizer: Evangelical Cemetery Association of Berlin City Center
Further information at https://evfbs.de/

WDEC 2024 at the Montjuïc Cemetery

WDEC 2024 at the Montjuïc Cemetery
Cementiris de Barcelona has organized a special exhibition which presents their efforts to mitigate environmental impacts.

The issue of climate change

This year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries highlights the important issue of climate change through various events and activities, showcasing different ways in which cemeteries and their visitors can contribute to reducing environmental impact.

According to the United Nations, climate change refers to long-term changes in temperatures and weather patterns, which can result from natural causes or human activities.

The acceleration of climate change is driven by the emission of “greenhouse effect” gases generated by the combustion of fossil fuels. Adapting to these new conditions is very difficult for both nature and human societies.

Exhibition at the Montjuïc Cemetery

WDEC 2024 at the Montjuïc Cemetery

Cementiris de Barcelona has organized an exhibition installed at the Montjuïc Cemetery, which presents the initiatives they have undertaken to mitigate these negative effects and the measures adopted to reduce environmental impact. All visitors and schools participating in cultural visits and educational activities at the Montjuïc Cemetery will attend this exhibition.

In June 2024, Cementiris de Barcelona will hold a special conference to delve deeper into these issues. Throughout the year, they will also take this exhibition to most other cemeteries in Barcelona.

WDEC 2024 at cemeteries in Maribor

Pobrežje cemetery in Maribor, Slovenia
We present to you the program of activities that will take place at the Maribor cemeteries during the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024.

International initiative on sustainability

The focus of this year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries is on the dedication of cemeteries to environmental sustainability and fight against climate change. In this context, Pogrebno podjetje Maribor, the presiding member of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE), in collaboration with the Chamber of Public Utilities of Slovenia (ZKGS), has prepared a national initiative featuring various year-round activities focused on environmental sustainability. A key component of this initiative is the invitation to cemetery managers to plant sample graves with drought-resistant plants at their cemeteries.

All members of GZS chamber have already been invited to participate, and quite a few have responded positively to the initiative.

As an example to others, Pogrebno podjetje Maribor has prepared its program for the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries based on this initiative. Below are the projects, events, and activities on this topic that will take place at the Dobrava Cemetery and Pobrežje Cemetery in Maribor, Slovenia.

WDEC 2024 at Dobrava Cemetery

➤ Planting nectar-rich plants – an invaluable forage for bees and other pollinators.

➤ Installation of beehives in May 2024.

WDEC 2024 at Pobrežje Cemetery

➤ Planting nectar-rich plants – an invaluable forage for bees and other pollinators.

➤ Arrangement of three sample graves with plants that tolerate drought and require less watering. The sample graves will be marked with special plaques. Implementation is in progress.

A flower and floral arrangement exhibition, showcasing plants resistant to drought, will be held in front of the Cvetličarna Aralija flower shop, located at the entrance of Pobrežje Cemetery, from May 27th to June 1st.

On May 28th, a cultural day will take place at the Pobrežje Cemetery for students from Tone Čufar Primary School Maribor. The event will feature presentations on the ARtour mobile application and sustainable solutions implemented at the cemetery.

On May 28th at 5:30 PM, an event in collaboration with the Maribor Multigenerational Center (VGC Maribor) will take place in the multipurpose hall at the Pobrežje Cemetery. The event will host a round table discussion focusing on sustainable development in funeral and cemetery services, examining various generational perspectives with a particular emphasis on youth.The event will conclude at 7 PM with a guided tour showcasing the sustainable initiatives implemented at the Pobrežje Cemetery. This will include visits to sustainably arranged sample graves, areas planted with nectar-rich plants and other bee-friendly initiatives, discussions on biodiversity at the cemetery, and a presentation of the ARtour application. As part of this event, VGC Maribor will conduct a survey among both younger and older attendees to gather their perceptions of sustainability in funeral services. The survey results will be discussed during the round table discussion.

Drought-resistant grave planting

Below, you can see some sample graves at Pobrežje Cemetery that have been cleaned, arranged, and planted with drought-resistant plants. They are also marked with special boards describing the project and listing the plants planted on each specific grave.

WDEC 2024 in the Metropolitan City of Bologna

Discover the WDEC program in the cities of Bologna, Imola, Medicina, and Persiceto in Italy.

The Metropolitan City of Bologna and the Bologna Civic Museums Sector for the first time promote a coordinated program of initiatives among the four cemeteries in the Bologna area recognized as "monumental and historic cemeteries of Emilia-Romagna" according to Regional Law 21/2022: the Certosa Monumental Cemetery in Bologna, the Piratello Cemetery in Imola, the Cemetery of Medicina, and the Cemetery of San Giovanni in Persiceto.

Here is the complete programme:

BOLOGNA

Friday, May 24, 2 p.m.
Tombs of the twentieth century: memory and custody
Volunteers from the Associazione Amici della Certosa, together with students from the Liceo Artistico Arcangeli high school, present their testimonies of participation in the "Tombe '900" project that was carried out on 10 monumental tombs. A walk to discover sculptures and architecture from the last century.
Meeting organized by the Associazione Amici della Certosa in collaboration with Museo civico del Risorgimento, Liceo Artistico Arcangeli and Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali.
Reservations required by writing to amicidellacertosa@gmail.com.
Meet at the Info Point at the main entrance (church courtyard, north portico), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: free

Friday, May 24, 5 p.m.
Diverdeinverde in Certosa | Ornamental greenery and phytomorphic decoration in the cemetery of Bologna
A visit to the Certosa, with Roberto Martorelli, dedicated to the peculiarities of the cemetery's ornamental greenery and phytomorphic decorations, with a symbolic character, found in funerary monuments.
Participation is reserved for Diverdeinverde card holders, with reservations required at www.diverdeinverde.fondazionevillaghigi.it.
As part of Diverdeinverde - Open Gardens of the City and the Hill. In collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento and Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: with Diverdeinverde card

Friday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.
Facts and misdeeds in Certosa: one Cemetery, many stories
In this tour inaugurating Mirarte's summer season, like an ancient book, the Charterhouse opens before your eyes revealing fascinating and incredible stories. Like the different chapters of an ancient text, we will go to explore its many aspects and thus discover a Noir Charterhouse with its crimes, a funny Charterhouse made of surreal anecdotes, a romantic and passionate Certosa, and a Famous Charterhouse with its best-known characters. A journey through silent cloisters and white statues that stand out in the darkness of the night, discovering the magic of this extraordinary place.
Guided tour by Mirarte.
Reservations required at www.mirartecoop.it.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: € 13.00 full / € 8.00 reduced (children 6-12 years, people with disabilities) (for each paying admission two euros will be donated to the enhancement of the Certosa Monumental Cemetery)

Saturday, May 25, 10:30 a.m.
Truth or Lies?
"To see, by reading the inscriptions, so many virtuous, beloved, regretful creatures, one would be tempted to believe that the best half of mankind ascended to heaven and left nothing on earth but rejection." So wrote Basile Joseph Ducos after his visit to the Certosa in Bologna between 1819 and 1820. Together with Roberto Martorelli we will stroll through the cemetery-now a UNESCO World Heritage Site-to find out if indeed epigraphs always tell the truth...
Guided tour by the Associazione Amici della Certosa in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento.
Reservation required by writing to prenotazionicertosa@gmail.com. Email confirmation of reservation is required.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: € 8.00 (payment preferable with cash)

Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m.
Painters' lives - glimpses of Bolognese painting aloud
An itinerary through the monumental cemetery-now a Unesco heritage site as part of the Portici di Bologna-with researchers and readers from the Associazione Amici della Certosa, in collaboration with Mara Guerrini's School of Painting. Discovering and re-discovering the many men and women whose brushes have marked the history of painting in Bologna and beyond. Accompanied by Lucia Vanghi.
Route organized by the Associazione Amici della Certosa in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento.
Reservations required by writing to amicidellacertosa@gmail.com or 345 2699200 (WhatsApp only).
Admission: free offer (free for members of the Associazione Amici della Certosa)

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.
101 things to know about the Certosa
The most fascinating masterpieces, cloisters and galleries, artists and celebrities. A sunset walk with Roberto Martorelli to discover the 101 things you absolutely must know about the monumental cemetery, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Guided tour organized by the Associazione Amici della Certosa in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento.
Reservations required by writing to prenotazionicertosa@gmail.com. It is necessary to receive an email of successful reservation.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: € 8.00 (payment preferable with cash)

Wednesday, May 29, 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 8:30 p.m.
101 things to know about the Charterhouse
The most fascinating masterpieces, cloisters and galleries, artists and celebrities. A nighttime walk with Roberto Martorelli to discover the 101 things you absolutely must know about the monumental cemetery, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bring a led light or turn on the one on your smartphone, you'll need it.
Guided tour organized by the Associazione Amici della Certosa in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento.
Reservation required by writing to prenotazionicertosa@gmail.com. You must receive an email of successful reservation.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: € 8.00 (payment preferable with cash)

Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m. and August 31, 3 p.m.
All the Women of the Charterhouse
The epigraphs of the silent city often remember women as wives, consorts, spouses, sisters. But there are memories of their contribution to society, so we find Brigida, Gualberta, Lina, Tommasina. A walk with Roberto Martorelli through the Monumental Cemetery, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Guided tour by the Associazione Amici della Certosa with the Museo civico del Risorgimento. 
Reservations required by writing to prenotazionicertosa@gmail.com. It is necessary to receive an email of successful reservation.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: € 8.00 (payment preferable with cash)

Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Cemetery bestiary | discovering the Carthusian undergrowth
Cemeteries are areas of high biodiversity; it is not uncommon to come across guardian felines among loculi, squirrels squeaking among yews and cypresses, birds finding refreshment in the silence. Symbology and funerary iconography intersect with the animal kingdom, giving rise to a fantastic undergrowth of stone creatures with adventures and secrets to tell. Among owls and ophids, peacocks and moths, mysterious creatures, explorers and experiments, a walk to discover the cemetery bestiary that animates the Charterhouse. Route also suitable for children with Manuela Capece. 
Meeting organized by thenAssociazione Amici della Certosa, in collaboration with Museo del Risorgimento and Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali.
Reservations required by writing to amicidellacertosa@gmail.com.
Meet at the main entrance (church courtyard), Via della Certosa 18.
Admission: free offer (free for members of the Associazione Amici della Certosa)

MEDICINA

Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m.
Women of the lowlands, large and small stories of the Medicina community
A walk to discover some of the figures who contributed to the History of their community. 
The guided tour was organized by the Municipality of Medicina in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento di Bologna.
Meet at the entrance of the Medicina Cemetery, Via della Resistenza 322.
Admission: free

Friday, May 31, 8:45 p.m.
Ornamental and symbolic greenery. The presence of plants and flowers in cemeteries
A moment dedicated to the peculiarities of ornamental greenery in silent cities and the symbolism present in funerary monuments. 
Meeting organized by the Municipality of Medicina in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento di Bologna.
Meeting at the Sala del Camino of the Library, via Pillio 1. 
Admission: free

Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Stories and people of the city of Medicina
A walk to discover the historic center of Medicina, starting from the memories and monuments of the center will reach the cemetery, where interesting memories of local history are preserved.
Guided tour by the Municipality of Medicina in collaboration with the Museo civico del Risorgimento di Bologna.
Meet at the former Lavatoio, Via dell'Osservanza.
Admission: free


SAN GIOVANNI IN PERSICETO

Sunday, May 26, 3:30 p.m.
Stories of women
A walk through the Monumental Cemetery to discover some female figures whose resourcefulness and modernity made them examples to follow in the 19th century. Singers, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors or artisans, women whose work contributed to the social transformation of San Giovanni in Persiceto from a country village to a city. 
Reservations required at IAT Persiceto: 051 6812955 or cultura.turismo@comunepersiceto.it.
Meet in front of the Monumental Cemetery entrance, Circonvallazione Vittorio Veneto 24.
Admission: € 10.00 / € 5.00 (children from 7 years old)

Sunday, June 2, 3:30 p.m.
Immortal gardens
The ornamental greenery in the cloisters of the Monumental Cemetery of San Giovanni in Persiceto dialogues with the symbolic friezes of lush fruits and flowers, carved or cast in bronze, so beautiful as to suggest the rustling of foliage, the colors and lights, the scent and refreshment of a real garden. The many faces of plants will be told through funerary symbolism, myth and botany.
Reservations required at IAT Persiceto: 051 6812955 or cultura.turismo@comunepersiceto.it.
Meet in front of the Monumental Cemetery entrance, Circonvallazione Vittorio Veneto 24.
Admission: € 10.00 / € 5.00 (children 7 and under)

IMOLA

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Women and botany in history and art in Imola and beyond
A journey of memory to discover the female figures and botany included and depicted within the monumental cemetery of Piratello.
Guided tour organized by the Municipality of Imola.
Reservations required at 0542 602609 or musei@comune.imola.bo.it by noon on Friday, May 31 (max 25 people per group).
Meet in front of the Piratello Monumental Cemetery office building, Via Emilia Ponente 19A.
Admission: free

WDEC 2024 at the Eastern Cemetery in Oslo

Eastern Cemetery in Oslo
On May 30, 2024, a special event will be held at the Eastern Cemetery in Oslo, where current projects related to environmental sustainability will be presented.

Event significance

The Cemeteries and Burials Agency of Oslo would like to inform the public about their work towards becoming more sustainable and how they meet future climate challenges. By arranging this event, they want to:
  • Create acceptance and attitude change toward transforming cemeteries into wild parks rather than green well-groomed park facilities.
  • Get feedback on the design of gravestones that collect rainwater and emit this water to the grave’s flower bed.
  • Show how they reuse gravestones.
  • Raise their reputation as a locomotive in the industry.
  • Emphasize their responsibility as key contributors to the sustainable management of important city resources.
  • Show that new things can be tested out also in a “conservative” industry.
  • Share their expertise.

Current projects

Ongoing projects that are planned to be present:
  • “Water Fear 2030” project (gravestones that collect rainwater and emit water to the grave’s flower bed)
  • Rainwater collection project at Grefsen Cemetery (both the water tank project and the construction of the swamp area/rain bed)
  • Use of pollinator-friendly plants and test field (flower bed)
  • Flower meadows
  • Other water-saving measures
  • Dead tree trunks
  • Reuse of gravestones
  • Zero-emission equipment

Time and location of the event

Time: Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 11:30 am and throughout the day
Location: The presentations will take place in the Large Chapel at the Eastern Cemetery, and in the areas outside the chapels.

The project Water Fear 2030 will be available at the Eastern Cemetery the whole week (and probably till next summer).

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Wenche Madsen Eriksson at wenche.eriksson@gpe.oslo.kommune.no or + 47 957 05 426.

Examples of gravestones that collect rainwater



*Cover photo source: www.oslo.kommune.no

WDEC 2024 at the Fiumei Road Cemetery

WDEC 2024 at the Fiumei Road Cemetery
Discover the tours that will take place at the Fiumei Road Cemetery in Budapest, during the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024.

May 25 at 10:00 a.m., Memorial Day of Hungarian heroes

Commemoration of the Hungarian National Guard and representatives of military and social organizations with wreath-laying.

The Fiume Road Graveyard National Memorial is where many heroes of modern Hungary are laid to rest. People, whose actions and decisions had an impact on Hungary’s fate. On the Day of Remembrance of Hungarian Heroes, we will remember them because Hungary would not be the same without them.

May 25 at 10:00 a.m., "The silver thread from my hand" (Literature walk)

On the walk, we will pay our respects at the graves of Hungarian writers and poets who weren't included in the previous literature walks. We will learn more about the lives of Béla Balázs, Anna Lesznai, Mari Jászai, Lenke Bajza, Sophie Török, Zseni Várnai, Dezső Tandori, Imre Sarkadi and Iván Mándy.

May 29, 17:00 p.m., Bicycle tour

On hidden paths – Bicycle tour in the Fiumei Road Cemetery.

One of the most distinctive green spaces in Budapest, the Fiumei Road Cemetery, is home to a wealth of special monuments, many of which are tucked away in the wooded areas at the back of the cemetery. The bike tour will explore these lesser-known corners of the cemetery, uncovering fascinating tales along the way. As we will ride through the tree-lined avenues, we will encounter artistic tombs, learn about our guardian angels, and discover the stories behind family mausoleums and slender female figures.

The tour will start at the main entrance of the Fiumei Road Cemetery.
Note: The organizer cannot provide bicycles for the programme. Please bring your own bicycle.

Additional information

The tours are organised in Hungarian language. If you would like to have a guided tour in English, please contact idegenvezetes@nori.gov.hu.

WDEC 2024 at the Monumental Cemetery of Turin

From May 24 to June 9, many events will take place in Turin as part of the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024.

Event program

WDEC 2024 at the Monumental Cemetery of Turin

Friday, 24 May 2024 - Sunday, 09 June 2024
Events at the Italian cemeteries of the SEFIT Utilitalia Association

Sunday, 26 May 2024
10.00: The secrets of the Monumental cemetery of Turin (guided tour)
11.00: Theatrical journey "Silent Divas" (guided tour)
12.00: The Liberty at the Monumental cemetery of Turin (guided tour)
14.30: Theatrical journey "Silent Divas" (guided tour)

Saturday, 1 June 2024
10.00: Illustrious names and famous tombs with Luisa (guided tour)
14.30: OPEN HOUSE TURIN: the Monumental Cemetery (guided tour)
16.30: OPEN HOUSE TURIN: the Monumental Cemetery (guided tour)

Friday, 7 June 2024
18.30: Archivissima 2024 (special event)

Saturday, 8 June 2024
18.00: Margherita OGGERO, public reading for the series of meetings Imaginary Lives curated by Giuseppe Culicchia (special event)

Additional information

All details and contacts for reservations can be found at this LINK.

WDEC 2024: Booklet of the Italian's cemeteries

Certosa Monumental Cemetery (Bologna, Italy)
For this year's WDEC, the Italian cemeteries of the SEFIT Utilitalia Association have produced a 56-page booklet featuring a rich program of guided tours and other events.
SEFIT Utilitalia WDEC 2024 program

For this year's WDEC, the Italian cemeteries of the SEFIT Utilitalia Association have produced a 56-page booklet highlighting the cemeteries' commitment to environmental sustainability and the fight against climate change.

The booklet features a rich program of cultural events and guided tours at cemeteries in the cities of Ferrara, Rome, Verona, Genoa, Milan, Mantua, Turin, Bologna, Trento, Bolzano, Modena, Treviso, and Venice.

For more information visit the SEFIT website. 

Download the booklet HERE (google drive).

WDEC 2024 at the Vienna Central Cemetery

Vienna Central Cemetery in Austria
Discover some of the many activities related to environmental sustainability taking place at the Vienna's Central Cemetery in Austria.

Celebrations of nature and biodiversity, along with recognition of cemeteries' significant impact on the urban environment, are present throughout the year at the Vienna Central Cemetery. Here are some of the events centered around environmental sustainability happening at the cemetery during the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024 and beyond:

Photography Exhibitions
Admire photographs capturing the wildlife at cemeteries.

Bee-Friendly Initiatives
Learn about the role of bees and how cemeteries can support bee populations.
25.5.2024, at 10.00 am and 12.00 am

Wildlife Photography Workshop
Participate in a photography workshop focused on capturing wildlife at the cemetery.
8.6.2024, at 9.00 am

Biodiversity at the Cemetery
Explore the biodiversity present on cemeteries.
6.6.2024 and 14.6.2024, at 3.00 pm

Urban gardening
Visit the workshop to learn more about gardening.
15.6.2024, at 4.00 pm

Nature Experience for Children
Children can join a special guided tour that introduces them to nature on the cemetery grounds. It’s a great opportunity for exploration and learning!
22.6.2024, at 2.00 pm

For more information and more events visit the website of Friedhöfe Wien and celebrate with us.

WDEC 2024 at Žale Cemetery

Žale Cemetery in Ljubljana
During the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024, Žale d.o.o. will organise free guided tours at Žale Cemetery.

Free guided tours

The guided tours will take place from 27 May 2024 until 2 June 2024 inclusive. The guide will meet you in front of Plečnik's propylaea at 17:00.

You will visit the famous Plečnik's Žale, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also see the final resting place of Jože Plečnik and other famous Slovenians, the works of famous architects and sculptors, and other important parts of the Žale Cemetery, which is actually an open-air museum.

About Žale Cemetery

Žale Cemetery is one of Europe's most beautiful cemeteries, thanks to its high cultural, historical and artistic value. Many important personalities are buried in Žale Cemetery: poets, writers, sculptors, painters, composers, architects, actors, engineers, politicians, sportsmen, etc. It also contains many cemeteries from World War I. and World War II., as well as other memorials to famous architects and sculptors. It is also important as the city's second largest park and it is interesting in all seasons.

WDEC 2024 at the New Cemetery of Podgorze

WDEC 2023 at the New Cemetery of Podgorze
Join us on the guided tour "In the footsteps of famous people", taking place on 28 May 2024, at the New Cemetery of Podgorze in Krakow, Poland.

About the event

This year, the Association PODGORZE.PL invites you to a free guided walk around New Cemetery of Podgorze in Krakow. 

The event on the topic "In the footsteps of famous people" will take place on Tuesday, 28 May 2024, at 18.00, starting at the main gate of the cemetery (Wapienna Street).

During the tour you will visit the graves of well-known people buried at this cemetery (actors, musicians, entrepreneurs and priests) and hear their stories. Our guides will be members and friends of Association PODGORZE.PL. 

More on https://www.facebook.com/events/1412933576028502/.


WDEC 2024 at the Sant Antoni Abat Cemetery

Sant Antoni Abat Cemetery
During this year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries, several guided walks will take place at the Sant Antoni Abat Cemetery in Alcoy, Spain.

Event program

Friday, 31 May 2024

18.00: Guided tour “In the Shadow of the Cypresses” in the Alcoy Cemetery by Guiarte con Arte.
Information and reservations: www.guiarteconarte.es or 650 59 42 32
Price: 10€ / person

Saturday, 1 June 2024

11.00: Dramatized guided tour "In the shadow of the cypresses" by Guiarte con Arte.
Information and reservations: www.guiarteconarte.es or 650 59 42 32
Price: 12€ / person

19.00: Dramatized visit to the Cemetery by Lluís Vidal and Elisa Beneyto, organized by the GR Alcoy Modernista in collaboration with CAEHA and AC Samarita.
Registration: alcoymodernista@gmail.com
Donation: 10€

Sunday, 2 June 2024

10.00: Guided tour of the Monumental Cemetery of Alcoy by Quality Tours Mariola.
Information and online reservations: www.qtmariola.com
Price: 15€ / person

11.00: Dramatized guided tour "In the shadow of the cypresses" by Guiarte con Arte.
Information and reservations: www.guiarteconarte.es or 650 59 42 32
Price: 12€ / person

12.00: Freemasonry route in the Alcoy Cemetery by Quality Tours Mariola.
Information and online reservations: www.qtmariola.com
Price: 15€ / person

Official flayer

You can download the official flyer (in Spanish) with the program of events at the Sant Antoni Abat Cemetery at this LINK.

WDEC 2024 at the Laeken Cemetery

Cemeteries’ Spring 2024 at the Leaken Cemetery
The Cemeteries’ Spring event, taking place during WDEC 2024, is an excellent opportunity to discover the beautiful Laeken Cemetery, often referred to as the Père Lachaise of Belgium.

About the event

On 25 and 26 May, the 3rd edition of Cemeteries’ Spring will take place at the Laeken Cemetery in Brussels, Belgium. This year's theme: women and cemeteries.

Passionate guides will take visitors on a guided tour of one of the region's most beautiful cemeteries and pay tribute to those who have been forgotten, who have remained invisible or whose voices have not been heard enough. Along the way, people can enjoy the musical and poetic interludes of Amusea, a new artwork in progress by Maren Dubnick and some classical music by the 'Ensemble Oncques pareille'.

The event is completely free of charge. There are eight tours per day: four in French, three in Dutch and one in English. Reservations are required before 24 May 2024 via e-mail servicedespublics@brucity.be.

In addition to the cemetery, visitors can also discover the former Atelier Ernest Salu, which exceptionally opens its doors for this occasion. In this workshop, 3 generations of Ernest Salu have created many grave sculptures. It now houses a small museum on grave art.

Program

You can find all details about the event on the website www.brussels.be or via Facebook.

AGM 2024: Program, accommodation and registration fee

Cultural program at Fiumei Road Cemetery in Budapest
Draft program of the Annual General Meeting and Conference 2024, accommodation suggestions and registration fee pricelist.

Event date and locations

This year's AGM and Conference will take place from 19 to 21 September 2024 in Budapest, Hungary.

The entire event will take place at multiple locations, while the Conference venue is the Hungarian National Museum, one of the most prestigious locations in the country.

Accommodation suggestions

We recommend you the following hotels as they are close to the event venues:
It is not necessary to book a room in one of the listed hotels. You can also use booking apps to find some other accommodation options that suit you better.

Registration fee

This year's event introduces a significant change. In order to participate to the AGM and Conference, it will be necessary to pay a registration fee.

Registration and fee payment will be executed online. The registration free will be valid for the entire 3-day event program, including the participation at the Conference,  snacks and coffee breaks, gala dinner, cultural programm, etc.

In order to ensure the smooth running of the event, the number of participants will be limited.

Estimated price list:
  • Students - free (with a valid student ID card)
  • ASCE members - 40€/person
  • All others - 80€/person
Details regarding event registration and fee payment will be announced shortly. For any questions, please contact Anita Simon and István Kovács at budapestasce@nori.gov.hu.

Conference theme

The theme of this year's Conference is "Cemeteries as Cultural Spaces of European Remembrance". Presentations and panel discussions will focus on how cemeteries can become efficiently conveyed footprints of our joint European remembrance, tourism and education as well as park management and environmental sustainability due to continuous climate change.

More about the conference theme at this LINK.

AGM and Conference program

Program presented is a draft version.

You can view the details of individual parts of the program by clicking on the part that interests you.

You can click on this link (iCal) to add the program to your personal calendar.

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    WDEC 2024 at the Ferrara Charterhouse

    Ferrara unveils a rich program of events at the Ferrara Charterhouse in Italy to celebrate the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2024.

    Free Guided Tours

    To mark the occasion, Ferrara Tua will offer a package of free guided tours, available in both Italian and English, lasting approximately 1h 30min.

    The tours will be organized along three routes: "Stories of Ferrara", dedicated to personalities who have contributed to the development and storytelling of Ferrara; "The Seven Arts", in honor of writers, painters, and directors who, after international successes, returned to their hometown for their eternal rest; and "The Certosa Monumentale", a cross-sectional overview of the history, roots, and artistic heritage of the city's Open-Air Museum.

    Schedule of guided tours

    Program of WDEC 2024 at the Ferrara Charterhouse

    Friday, May 24th

    • 5:00 pm - Stories of Ferrara (Italian)
    • 7:30 pm - The Seven Arts (Italian)

    Saturday, May 25th

    • 10:00 am - The Certosa Monumentale (Italian)
    • 11:30 am - The Certosa Monumentale (English)

    Sunday, May 26th

    • 10:00 am - The Seven Arts (Italian)
    • 11:30 am - The Certosa Monumentale (Italian)
    • 6:00 pm - Stories of Ferrara (Italian)

    Guided tours are curated by InFerrara and can be booked on the website https://www.inferrara.it/.
    For information: 0532-419190.

    Enchanting Musical Soirees

    Enriching the program are three unmissable musical events that will accompany the summer in Certosa with exciting notes and evocative atmospheres.

    PIANO ESTENSE - DAWN PIANO CONCERT
    Saturday, June 8th, from 6:00 am to 10:00 am

    The magic of the dawn concert - part of the Piano Estense program - will envelop the gardens of the Certosa di Ferrara. The first light of day will intertwine with the notes of the piano played by young talents on multiple hands, in an immersive and evocative experience that will accompany the spectators until 10:00 am.

    Entrance from Via Borso 1.

    CARMINA BURANA IN CERTOSA: SUGGESTIONS AT SUNSET WAITING FOR THE PINK NIGHT
    Saturday, June 29th, at 8:00 pm

    The sunset will be the backdrop for an exciting concert with the chamber version of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". Produced by the Conservatorio Frescobaldi di Ferrara, the concert will feature an orchestra composed of two half-tail pianos, four percussionists, and a 60-element choir. The synergy between the two sections will give life to a performance of great impact.

    Entrance from Viale della Certosa.

    CERTOSA DAWN CONCERT
    Sunday, July 7th, at 6:00 am

    As tradition dictates, on the occasion of the Notte Rosa, a special event awaits music lovers at the Certosa di Ferrara. The protagonist of the dawn concert will be the pianist Gile Bae, who will offer a solo piano recital capable of exciting and involving the audience. Her notes will intertwine with the light of dawn, creating a unique and evocative experience. The Artistic Direction is by Ferrara Musica. 

    Entrance from Viale della Certosa.

    Acknowledgments

    The program was created in collaboration with the Municipality of Ferrara, ASCE, Utilialia - Sefit, InFerrara, Associazione Life, Teatro Comunale Foundation, Ferrara Musica, Conservatorio Frescobaldi.

    WDEC 2024 at Merelbeke's cemeteries

    WDEC 2024 at Merelbeke's cemeteries
    Explore four of the six cemeteries located in the municipality of Merelbeke near Ghent, Belgium, as part of this year's WDEC.

    Guided tours at Merelbeke's cemeteries

    It is gradually becoming a tradition in Merelbeke to participate in the international Week of Discovering European Cemeteries. This year you can go to four of the six cemeteries in Merelbeke for free guided tours. These will not be boring guides about grave styles and makers. Merelbeke's passionate guides will lead you past the graves of well-known and lesser-known Merelbeke residents. You will learn about the merits of these people for the community and unravel the funerary symbols on their tombstones.

    Saturday, 25 May 2024

    • 10:30 am – Bottelare cemetery (guide An Hernalsteen)
    • 2:30 pm – Munte cemetery (guide Bernadette Van Damme)

    Sunday, 26 May 2024

    • 10:30 am – Bottelare cemetery (guide An Hernalsteen)
    • 2:30 pm – Schelderode cemetery (guide Georges de Meester)

    Sunday, 2 June 2024

    • 10:30 am – Munte cemetery (guide Bernadette Van Damme)
    • 2:30 pm – Merelbeke cemetery center (guide Georges de Meester)

    Meeting always at the entrance of the cemetery.

    Additional information and reservations

    Guided tours are free of charge, but advance reservations are required. The groups are limited to 20 people so book your spot quickly at erfgoed@merelbeke.be or 0474 85 56 14.

    More information about the guided tours available HERE.




    *Photo source: www.merelbeke.be

    WDEC 2024 at Lisbon's Cemeteries

    Prazeres Cemetery (Lisbon, Portugal)
    In May 2024, you can take part in three guided tours at Prazeres Cemetery in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Guided tours at Prazeres Cemetery

    In May and June, jacaranda trees paint the city of Lisbon in shades of purple. In the city's cemeteries, the jacaranda trees cover the mausoleums and graves with their purple flowers, creating a magical atmosphere.

    In this first year of participation in the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries, the Lisbon City Council proposes a series of visits that culminate in a weekend dedicated to jacarandas and their history.

    • Saturday, 11 May 2024, at 11:00 am - Poets and Writers at Prazeres Cemetery (free guided tour);
    • Saturday, 18 May 2024, at 10:30 am - Funeral Architecture at Prazeres Cemetery (free guided tour);
    • Saturday, 25 May 2024, at 11:00 am - Jacaranda Weekend at Prazeres Cemetery (free guided tour).
    We invite everyone to visit and discover Lisbon's cemeteries in this special week.

    For guided tours in English, please contact cemiterios.visitas@cm-lisboa.pt.








    Environmental sustainability at the Old Cemetery San Pietro

    Old San Pietro Cemetery in Avigliana, Italy
    The Association Friends of Avigliana preserves and promotes the cultural, historical, and environmental significance of the Old Cemetery San Pietro in Avigliana, Italy through various projects.

    About the cemetery

    The Old Cemetery San Pietro, created as it was customary close to the homonymous church (an 11th century masterpiece of Romanesque art), experienced vicissitudes and history of the Sabaudian Avigliana. Well-known as a burial site since the 1500s, it remained unchanged until the early 1900s. 

    Below are some of the recent activities at the cemetery related to the environment, which the Association Friends of Avigliana is giving their devoted attention to.

    Creation of a QR Code

    In 2023, the Association Friends of Avigliana created a QR Code assisted path, leading visitors through both the cemetery and the church.

    This sustainability-oriented project aims to provide guided visits without the use of paper brochures. It is being regularly updated by adding new information.

    As for the cemetery guide, it consists of three parts: history, brief stories regarding characters from Avigliana and botanic heritage.

    Botanic park

    This nature path focuses on some plants and shrubs of particular botanical interest present in the cemetery.

    We can see a beautiful tilia-tree (Tilia Vulgaris) lined walkway leading to the cemetery entrance.

    This year the Association Friends of Avigliana is aiming to install a fully sustainable solar lighting system along this walkway. 

    Wooden sculpture from dried cypress

    Untill a few years ago, a nice cypress (Cupressus Sempervirens) was part of the cemetery’s greenery.

    Unfortunately, climate change caused it to dry out. The Association Friends of Avigliana, in agreement with the Municipality, decided to transform it into a wood sculpture. On April 2nd, 2023, this work was inaugurated in the presence of the sculptor Mr Luca Germena, the mayor Mr Andrea Archinà and the President of the Association Mr Silvio Amprino. This is how the cypress lives on, and with its expression of peace and calmness invites to look at the sky with hope.

    This work of art has no name, so visitors can interpret it their own way.

    Here is the sequence of events:

    You can find the entire original article HERE.