The European Network of Holy week and Easter Celebrations will be held on 12th and 13th March, in online format, the First Congress ‘The Holy Week, a Common Heritage’ with the aim of addressing Easter in Europe from a global perspective, seeking to highlight the historical elements and shared rituals as well as the study of the validity of Easter celebrations at European level.

The event will be divided into five thematic areas: Easter as a common European heritage; history and anthropology of Easter in Europe; artistic manifestations; the impact of Easter on tourism and the role of collaboration and exchange that the creation of a European network could play. All this at a time when the celebration of the festival is subject to the limitations that come with the health crisis of Covid-19 and where it is vitally important to value this common heritage.

The programming will include the participation of 9 lecturers from 3 countries, given by professors from different universities such as Seville, Palermo, Granada or Valladolid, among others, and specialists on the subject from different institutions, as well as the presentation of 23 communications by of experts in the tradition of Holy Week and Easter from the different countries that make up this Cultural Network.

On the other hand, the opening and closing acts of the Conference will have the participation of representatives of Unesco, the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the European Institute of Cultural Routes, and and a representation of the countries that have a presence in the network. To date, almost 200 participants of different nationalities have registered, mostly from Italy, Portugal and Spain. The registration period, completely free of charge, remains open through the website

This action is one of the activities that the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations has planned for the current year 2021. This event is part of the commitment that the network develops for the investigation and dissemination of traditions related to the Holy Week and one more step in the process of developing the candidacy of the European Network of Holy Week and Easter Celebrations as a European Cultural Itinerary.

More about the European Network 

The European Network of Easter and Easter celebrations was created in 2019 and is part of the Italian Federico II Foundation, representing the municipalities of Palermo and Caltanissetta, Sicily (Italy);  Birgu municipality in Malta; the Commission on Lent and Celebrations of Braga’s Holy Week in Portugal; Representations of the Passion of Christ in Skofja Loka, Slovenia; the municipalities that are part of the ‘Caminos de Pasión’ route: Alcalá la Real in Jaén, Baena, Cabra, Lucena, Priego de Córdoba and Puente Genil in Córdoba and Carmona, Écija, Osuna and Utrera in Seville. Also within the Spanish geography we find Orihuela in Alicante; Lorca in Murcia and Viveiro in Lugo.

Its objective is to promote and disseminate cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, related to the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter through actions that enhance this heritage, promote sustainable tourism development around it and contribute to safeguard the intangible heritage through scientific and research work.