The FRH Torch ceremony at the ENCATC Congress in Bucharest

The FRH Torch ceremony at the ENCATC Congress in Bucharest

The FRH Torch of Heritage and Culture ceremony was held during the closing of the ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy in Bucharest, Romania, on September 28th 2018.

The 2018 ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy, organised in partnership with the Institutul Naţional al Patrimoniului, took place from 26-29 September 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

The FRH Torch ceremony took place on the evening of Friday, September 28, at the wonderful Romanian Athenaeum, a music hall located in the heart of Bucharest, and dedicated to art and science. The ceremony included a great musical performance by an ensemble of seven cellos, speeches by contributors, and the passing of a lit candle amongst participants, in a symbolic gesture of peace and tolerance.

After passing the candle around, contributors shared their views on the Torch initiative, also explaining their roles and link to religious heritage, and deposited their letters into the Torch treasure box.

We are delighted that we received personal testimonies from eleven new contributors, including; Nigel Bellingham, Director of British Council Romania; Rev. Dávid Gyeró, Vicar Bishop of the Unitarian Episcopate of Cluj; Francesca Imperiale and Giannalia Cogliandro, President and Secretary General of ENCATC; Muurat Iusuf , Mufti of Muslim Cult of Romania; George Ivașcu, Minister of Culture and National Identity; Sergiu Nistor, Presidential Adviser – Department of Culture, Religion and Centenary; Virgil Nitulescu, Head of Cabinet in the Ministry of Culture and National Identity; Andrei Pinte, Pastor of the Evangelical Church in Sibiu; Rev. Dr. Florin Serbanescu, Advisor to the Romanian Orthodox Patriarch; and Aurel Vainer, President of the Federation of the Jewish Communities in Romania.

See all photos from the event on Flikr!

FRH thanks all contributors for adding their memories and stories to the legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018!

You can also join the initiative!

As Janet Gough OBE said in her letter: Our challenge is to create the conditions to sustain a working partnership of local and national support to preserve, use and develop these precious historic religious buildings to serve everyone now and for the future. FRH is truly hoping that the Initiative will motivate European citizens to share their stories and raise awareness about the importance of religious heritage. Because, as Henrik Lindblad concludes in his letter, We can never promote and inform enough about the values of historic churches. The importance of safeguarding, documenting and studying these very fragile monuments should always be emphasized.

Do you agree? Would you like to support our Initiative? Will you add to our treasure box and share a memory? It’s so simple! Click here and send us your letter, which we will then publish on the FRH Torch website!

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