The House of the Province in Seville was the setting for the presentation of the 1st Conference of the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations: ‘Holy Week, a Common Heritage’. This event will take place on the 12th and 13th March 2021 and will study the Holy Week in Europe from a global perspective, aiming to emphasise shared historical elements and rituals, while the current validity of Holy Week celebrations in Europe will also be considered. Registration for the conference will be free of charge and it will take place online, through lectures and round tables with the participation of specialists in the subject from different countries.

The presentation was chaired jointly by Rosario Andújar Torrejón, President of the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations, President of the Ways of Passion Association and Mayor of Osuna (Seville), Alejandro Moyano Molina, Deputy responsible for Culture and Citizenry, and Julio Grande Ibarra, coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations. Rosario Andújar stressed that this event “was established with the objective of promoting and disseminating the cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, of this celebration”. She encouraged the different Brotherhoods and Confraternities, as well as the general population, to take part in it, in order to make the conference a “global forum in which everyone can be heard”.

The conference is one of the varied activities that the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations has planned. It will be divided into five themes: Holy Week as common European heritage; history and anthropology of Holy Week in Europe: artistic manifestations; the importance of Holy Week for tourism; and the role that the creation of a European network can play in collaboration and exchange. It will take place in a time when Easter celebrations are subject to the limitations caused by the Covid-19 health crisis, when it is vitally important to stress the value of the common heritage.

You can now register for the conference on the website:

More information about the European Network

The European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations was founded in 2019 with the following members: the Italian Federico II Foundation, representing the cities of Palermo and Caltanissetta, in Sicily; the town of Birgu in Malta; the Commission of Lent and Holy Week Celebrations in Braga, Portugal; the Representations of the Passion of Christ in Skofja Loka, Slovenia; and the towns belonging to the Ways of Passion route in Andalusia, Spain:  Alcalá la Real in the Province of Jaén; Baena, Cabra, Lucena, Priego de Córdoba and Puente Genil in the Province of Córdoba; and Carmona, Écija, Osuna and Utrera in the Province of Sevilla. Other member towns in Spain are Orihuela in Alicante; Lorca in Murcia and Viveiro in Lugo. The objective of the network is to promote and disseminate the tangible and intangible cultural heritage connected with Holy Week and Easter celebrations through actions that are not only based on tourism and cultural publicity but also aim to protect the intangible heritage and encourage scientific studies and research.

This conference is also a firm step forward towards the goal of the collaboration network: the presentation of the candidature of the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations as a European Cultural Route.