The FRH Torch Newsflash

The FRH Torch Newsflash

The FRH Torch Initiative is continuously expanding its scope. Are you interested in the latest developments? Read on and learn about our visit to Aschaffenburg at the end of February. Would you like to meet us? Find out where the Torch will travel next. Would you like to get involved? Nothing simpler! Learn how to do so and let your story be heard!

The FRH Torch at the European Landscape Forum

On 24 February, the FRH Torch was hosted in Aschaffenburg, Germany, at the European Landscape Forum organised by CIVILSCAPE.

We are proud to announce that among the contributors were Mr. Winfried Bausback, State Minister of Justice of Bavaria; Dr. Inge Gotzmann, President of CIVILSCAPE and Director of Bund Heimat und Umwelt (BHU); Ms. Andrea Lindholz, Member of the German Parliament; Dr. Martin Kares, musicologist, consultant for musical instruments, Karlsruhe; Dr. Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Archäologisches Spessartprojekt (ASP); and Mr. Dirk Gotzmann, Director of CIVILSCAPE. We are truly delighted that they decided to join the Initiative.

A number of letters are already available for perusal on and you can download our press release here.

Where can you see the FRH Torch next?

The FRH Torch will continue its journey around Europe, collecting contributions at a number of events, including:

Make sure you come by for a meet and greet!

All these events are listed on our online map.  The itinerary is constantly being updated so make sure you visit the website for the very latest developments!

Join the FRH Torch Initiative and become a storyteller yourself!

The Torch ceremony in Aschaffenburg inspired several people who decided to spontaneously contribute to the Torch then and there. As stated by Professor Michael Dower, co-author of the European Landscape Convention, who wrote his letter on the spot, […] the rich and diverse heritage of religious buildings, lands, artifacts, traditions and stories which are rooted in Europe […] contribute enormously to the character of landscapes and of communities in Europe, to local diversity and communal pride, and to the unifying consciousness of this continent.

Would you also like to share your story or message relating to religious heritage, even though you cannot make it to any of our events? Nothing simpler! Send us your letter via the FRH Torch website and we will share your story with the rest of the world!

Join Ministers of Culture, artists and scientists in stressing the value of our shared heritage. Add your name to the contributors’ list already including Ingrid van Engelshoven, Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science; Maestro Plácido Domingo, a renowned artist and President of Europa Nostra; and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

As Henry Ford once said: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Will you take the first step?

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