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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:02

Thursday 14 November 2013 from 2pm to 6:30pm
Théâtre of the Casino in Royat-Chamalières
Free Entry

Sources of Culture is a European project coordinated by the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central, who collaborate with 10 EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association) member spa towns/structures, including the Royat-Chamalières Tourist Office. This multidisciplinary project is founded on the question of the origins and future of European Spa Culture.
In this manner, it includes all forms of creativity that have contributed to our shared European culture: art, literature, music, philosophy, science, even town planning. Working together, the member Spa Towns of the Sources of Culture project have given themselves the goal of reminding the general public of their common cultural heritage.
The Cafés of Europe make up one of the project’s four strands, the others being: Festivents (collaboration for organising festivals and exhibitions), the interactive novel “At the Sources of Europe”, and the creation of the International Thermal Heritage Resource Centre in Vichy. For more information, visit:

Organised by the Royat-Chamalières Tourist Office with participation from the “Il Faut Aller Voir, Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage” association, this third installment of the Cafés of Europe will address the theme of Travel. The event will notably consist of two round tables about the various forms of the Travel literature and transmitting Travel literature to further European people’s knowledge of themselves.
The first round table will be entitles: “Alternative ways of travelling, relation to the other and to time”. With the participation of the « Il faut aller voir, Les Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage » Association, this exchange will be led by Michel RENAUD, Vice-President of the “Il faut aller voir” Association and creator of the “Les Rendez- Vous du Carnet de Voyage” event. Through the converging views of Damien ROUDEAU, designer, Bastien DUBOIS, producer of the short film “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage”, nominated for the Oscars in 2011, and Elsie HERBESTEIN, travelogue author and designer, this round table will discuss the variety of forms that travel books can take. There will be evidence in images with film extracts and design slides.
The second round table will be entitled: “Memories of the World: what would become of travel without books, pictures and travel books?” Travel books, in whatever form, are indispensable archives for the progression of knowledge as much of Europe as the world, from as much an historical as sociological point of view.
Marc WILTZ, author of the book “Le Tour du Monde en 80 livres” (Around the World in 80 Books), and Director of Editions Magellan will give the floor to writers, photographers and directors, all with a passion for travel, who will show an interest in Travel Literature and the evolution of stories, at a time when travelers can speak of their journeys in real time via social networks. Through a filmed interview, Katia CHAPOUTIER, writer and Producer for the Des Racines et des Ailes magazine, will speak about the Jerusalem case through her book "Lost in Jerusalem." Nadine Laporte, writer, will talk about the great writer and traveler, Nicolas Bouvier.
Finally, Françoise Dubosclard Finally, of the Transfo, the agency in charge of Art and Culture in Auvergne, will speak about "France seen by writers." In order to put this event into context within the Cafés of Europe series organised by the Spa Towns involved in the European project, “Sources of Culture”, the organisers have appealed to three tour guides. All year round, they run guided tours of the Spa Towns Royat-Chamalières and Sancy in Belle Époque dress, in order to create an original setting, purposefully out of step.
Moreover, several classes have worked with their teachers on the theme of travel prior to the Café of Europe. Students will participate in the event and will ask the various speakers questions on this occasion.
And for the taste buds, delicacies and mineral waters from other European Spa Towns participating in the European project Sources of Culture will be on offer to the public all afternoon.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:46

2nd Café of Europa – Thursday, September 19th – Liceo de Ourense
“Water, Pilgrimages, Spirituality”
A history of hospitality through the sources of Europe

The City Council of Ourense organizes this second Café of Europe meeting as part of the SOURCE project, an initiative developed under the European programme CULTURE 2007-2013 for cultural cooperation and coordinated by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) and the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central. These meetings aim to celebrate the origins of a common European spa culture, represented by those thermal towns’ vibrant atmosphere of creativity and dialogue; the Cafés of Europe of the “golden era” of thermalism. This proposal of new “Cafés” reinvents its avant-garde spirit, giving these cities back their due place. It also seeks to spread awareness of the existence and work developed by the EHTTA, specially the European Cultural Route which is part of.
The title chosen for this second Café “Water, Pilgrimages and Spiritually” refers to the double nature of our thermal waters, that have been considered through history as an object of devotion but also as a way to heal our body and our mind. With free access, this conferences will also serve as a prelude for Termatalia, the International Fair of Thermal Tourism and Wellness that will take place in Ourense between September 20-22.


16:00 - 17:45 h.
“Water and Cults in the Ancient Times”

Water is synonym of spirituality in the Ancient Times, an element that connects the human and the divine. In Europe, water deities used to linked the old indigenous beliefs with the new foreigner ones, those which came with the Roman conquerors, transforming this cult and arising new meanings. All the historical baths that are spreaded across Europe are still witnesses of this transformation and therefore, its study, conservation and divulgation becomes a challenge for these cities; in order to throw some lights on the past so it could light our present.

Introduced and moderated by Mr. José María Eguileta Franco, Ourense City Council Archaeologist.
First Part: Water Deities in Roman and Pre-Roman Hispania
- Mrs. María Cruz González Rodríguez, Professor at País Vasco University.
- Mr. Juan Carlos Olivares Pedreño, Professor at Alicante University.
- Mr. Gonzalo Matilla Séiquer,Professor at Murcia University. Second Part: Study, Conservation and Recovery of Historic Baths
- As Burgas de Ourense, Asset of Cultural Interest.- Mr. Celso Rodríguez Cao, archaeologist responsible for the excavations of As Burgas complex; and Mr. Pedro Araújo Nespereira, geologist, Professor at Vigo University.
- Bath, World Heritage- Mrs. Catherine Lloyd, representantive of the city of Bath in the EHTTA.


18:00- 19:00 h.
“Bath and Pilgrimages: from the Middle Ages until today”

There are two cities in Europe that religion and history turned into pillars of the continent. Santiago de Compostela, at the western end , is the fi nal destination of several ways that since the Middle Ages spread all through European geography; and Rome, in the heart of Italy, connect with Canterbury through a huge diagonal known by their travellers as the “Via Francigena”.
Thousands of pilgrims walk these roads every years, and their travels have already become a key part of our European cultural identity. Thermal cities take also part in this history of pilgrimages, as these are the place where wanderers stop to rest their body
and minds, places of peace and serenity.
Introduced and moderated by Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Cid, ppresident of the Ourense’s Association of Friends of the Silver Way

- The Ways of Santiago: Mr. Francisco Singul, historian and representantive from Xacobeo S.A.
- The Vía Francíxena: Mr. Massimo Tedeschi, president of the European Association of Vía Francígena and president of the ANCOT (National Association of Italian Thermal Cities).

Session will be closed by Mrs. Pilar Barraca de Ramos, representantive from the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport of Spain in the Enlarged Partial Agreement on European Cultural Routes.


19:15 - 21:00 h.
“Thermalism for the 21st Century: New ways of dialogue and wellness”

It is said that spa industry is living now in the 21st Century its second Golden Era. In a global society which get quicker and more and more changeable it is true that thermal cities have known how to master the big challenges of our time in order to turn water, once again, into a central element of human life. We present here examples that set the guidelines for the new paths thermal industry must follow in the future : wellness, preventive medicine and active life, environment care and relationships, intercultural dialogue, the recovery of the past through memory and heritage...
Introduced and moderated by Mrs. Teresa Pacheco,president of the Latin American Association of Thermalism and Wellness and director of the magazine Tribuna Termal
- Mr. Luis Ovejero Ovejero, Medical Director of Archena Spa (Murcia, Spain)
- Mr. Antonio Acha, Manager of Almeida de Sayago Spa (Zamora, Spain)
- Mr. Fernando Fernández-Chirat Navarro, Director of Alange Spa (Badajoz, Spain)
- Mrs. María José David, Manager of Pedras Salgadas Spa&Nature Park (Portugal)
- Mr. Tomás Ares Güimil, Medical hydrologist, president of Tesal Group
- Mr. Santiago Juárez, Director of El Molinar Baths (Biszkaia, Spain)


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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:26

Café de l’Europe inaugural
« Les Villes invisibles »
Culture numérique & patrimoine augmenté :
des enjeux pour les Villes thermales, des enjeux pour l’Europe

Le 14 juin prochain de 14h à 18h30
Auditorium du Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains

Le Café de l’Europe « Les Villes Invisibles » marquera l’acte inaugural d’un projet européen  de deux ans approuvé par la Commission Européenne et intitulé « Sources de Culture : les  Cafés de l’Europe».

Ce programme, fruit d’une collaboration entre neuf villes, membres de l'Association  Européenne des Villes Thermales Historiques (EHTTA) et avec l’aide de l’ensemble des  membres, vise à sensibiliser les citoyens européens à l’existence d’une culture commune aux
villes thermales européennes, riche et diverse. Le programme a également pour enjeu  d’encourager les habitants de ces villes à inventer en compagnie d’élus, d’artistes et de professionnels du tourisme, du patrimoine et de la culture, de nouvelles voies de connaissance, d’appropriation et d’accès communes à cet héritage, en mettant en valeur les  atouts clés de leur territoire.

Durant deux ans, c’est à travers une série de rencontres de haut niveau intellectuel et  créatif, les « Cafés de l’Europe », que seront cernés les défis actuels auxquels ces villes thermales se confrontent en matière de valorisation de leur patrimoine et de diversification du tourisme, renouant ainsi avec l’esprit de confrontation pluridisciplinaire qu’elles ont connu au XVIIIe et XIXe siècle à l’époque de la naissance du tourisme moderne.

Le Café de l’Europe inaugural « Les Villes Invisibles », organisé par le Centre des Arts pour la mairie d’Enghien-les-Bains en collaboration avec l’Office de Tourisme, l'Association Européenne des Villes Thermales Historiques et la Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central, interrogera plus particulièrement le rôle de la création numérique dans la connaissance et la mise en valeur du patrimoine culturel européen.

La ville d’Enghien-les-Bains qui a reçu du Ministère du Tourisme le label prestigieux  de « station de tourisme » en 2012, possède aujourd’hui grâce à son Centre des Arts une expertise en matière de création numérique reconnue internationalement, expertise qu’elle souhaite mettre au service de son identité thermale.

Comment la création numérique révolutionne-t-elle l’expérience du visiteur ?
Quelles nouvelles pistes d’interprétation et de médiation offre-t-elle pour faciliter l’accès à ce patrimoine ? Enfin, quel impact peut-elle avoir sur le tourisme thermal européen ? Elus, sociologues, philosophes, chercheurs, artistes et écrivains européens, ainsi qu’opérateurs culturels et touristiques seront invités à échanger sur ce thème au cours de tables-rondes, à interagir avec des lectures de textes littéraires écrits par des écrivains voyageurs et à présenter des projets exemplaires en la matière. L’ensemble
des 26 villes membres du réseau EHTTA sera présente.

Cet événement s’inscrit dans les manifestations partenaires du Festival Futur en Seine. Gratuit, il est ouvert à tous les citoyens européens intéressés par l’origine et le devenir de la culture commune aux villes thermales européennes. La ville d’Enghien-les-Bains est située à 12 min en transport de Paris (ligne H du réseau SNCF).

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The historic thermal towns are recognised as major modern and forward-looking European cultural operators.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:09

Secondo Caffè dell’Europa
« Acqua, Pellegrinaggi e Spiritualità »

Storia di ospitalità attraverso le fonti termali d’Europa

Il 19 settembre prossimo
Presso il Liceo di Ourense

Il secondo Café of Europe, nell’ambito del progetto europeo SOURCE, si terrà ad Ourense, Spagna, il 19 settembre. Organizzato dalla Città di Ourese, l’evento avrà come titolo “Acqua, Pellegrinaggi e Spiritualità” Storia di ospitalità attraverso le fonti termali d’Europa: tre concetti su cui si basa la costruzione della presente idendità delle città termali Europee tenendo conto di nuove prospettive atte a vita la termalismo del 21° secolo.
Il progetto SOURCE, il frutto di una collaborazione tra nove città termali tra cui Acqui Terme, membri dell'Associazione europea delle città storiche termali (EHTTA) e con il supporto di tutti i membri, ha lo scopo di sensibilizzare i cittadini europei riguardo all’esistenza di una cultura ricca e diversificata comune alle stazioni termali europee. Il programma mira altresì ad incoraggiare gli abitanti di queste città ad ideare nuove strategie comuni di comprensione di questo patrimonio, insieme ai responsabili delle decisioni, artisti e professionisti del turismo, del patrimonio e della cultura, evidenziando i punti di forza del loro territorio.

Una serie di tavole rotonde partecipative, dibattiti e conferenze caratterizzeranno quest’incontro internazionale che vuole esplorare il nostro rapporto con l'acqua, antico elemento di culto, ma allo stesso tempo strumento per guarire il corpo e la mente.

L’evento, organizzato in tre sessioni tematiche vedrà la partecipazione di relatori provenienti da diversi luoghi d' Europa che prenderanno in esame la storia del termalismo dai tempi antichi fino alle sfide odierne e per il futuro.

Il dibattito sarà inoltre incentrato sull’esistenza di città termali lungo le grandi vie europee di pellegrinaggio; Santiago di Compostela e la Via Francigena: Ourense si trova nelle vicinanze di Santiago de Compostela che, grazie alla sua posizione gografica è divenuta sin dal Medioevo obbligo di sosta per i pellegrini in cammino lungo la parte portoghese e sudorientale della Via della Argento.

Ospitando questo evento, Ourense diventa parte della celebratione della comune Cultura termale Europea a cui si rivolge il progetto SOURCE.
Coordinato dalla Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central (Francia) e dall’ European Association of Historic Thermal Towns (EHTTA), associazione di cui Ourense è membro fondatore, il Progetto Source Project si sviluppa nel quadro del programma europeo Cultura 2007-2013, i cui obiettivi sono la cooperazione culturale e il dialogo interculturale.
Tra maggio 2013 e settembre 2015 8 Café si svolgeranno in diverse città Europee; dove incontri e conferenze affronteranno il tema del futuro delel città termali europee, e come affronteranno le sfide a venire.
Ourense celebrerà il suo Caffè d'Europa il 19 settembre a partire dalle 16:00 nel Liceo di Ourense. L’evento è libero ed aperto a chiunque sia interessato a mettere in discussione l'origine e il futuro della cultura condivisa dalle città termali europee.
Il Café Sarà anche occassione per far conoscere ai partecipanti Termatalia, la fiera internazionale del turismo termale e di benessere che si svolgerà a Ourense tra il 20-22 settembre

Ourense è una città nel nord-ovest della Spagna, che vanta una produzione di acqua termale di più di tre milioni di litri al giorno e una tradizione termale di oltre duemila anni. Vicino a Santiago de Compostela, è uno dei membri fondatori della EHTTA e parte dell’Itineraro Culturale Europeo delle città storiche termali.

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Invisible Cities PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:42

First Café of Europe
« Invisible Cities »
Digital culture & augmented heritage reality:
Key challenges for the thermal towns and for Europe

On June 14, 2013 from 2.00 p.m to 6.30 p.m
At the auditorium of the Centre of Arts in Enghien-les-Bains

The first Café of Europe « Invisible Cities » (based on the title of Italo Calvino Novel) will be the launch event of a two-year European project approved by the European Commission and entitled « Sources of Culture : the Cafés of Europe».


This project results from a fruitful collaboration between nine cities which are members of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA). It aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the reality of an extended and varied culture shared by all the European thermal towns. This project also aims to encourage inhabitants from these cities to invent new common ways of accessing this heritage together with decision-makers, artists and professionals from the fields of tourism, heritage and culture by enhancing their key assets.


The current challenges facing the thermal towns in terms of heritage enhancement and tourism diversification will be addressed through a range of high-level intellectual and creative meetings the « Cafés of Europe » over the course of two years. These Cafés will revive the spirit of multidisciplinary confrontation that these cities have known during the 18th and the 19th centuries when modern tourism appeared.


The first Café of Europe « Invisible Cities » organized by the Centre of Arts on behalf of the city hall of Enghien-les-Bains in partnership with the City Tourist Office, the European Historical Thermal Towns Association and the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central, will mainly question the role played by digital creation in the knowledge and enhancement of the European cultural heritage.


The city of Enghien-les-Bains which received the prestigious label of « tourist station » from the Ministry of Tourism in 2012 is world-famous today for its expertise in terms of digital creation. This expertise is a key asset of its thermal identity.


How does the digital creation revolutionize the visitor experience? How must it impact the European thermal tourism in a near future? European decision-makers, sociologists, researchers, artists and writers will be invited to debate around these issues in round-table discussions, to interact with text reading from travel writers and to feature key projects. The whole EHTTA network will attend the event.


This free event is part of the partner events of the Futur en Seine Festival. It is open to anybody interested in questioning the origin and future of the culture shared by the European thermal towns. The city of Enghien-les-Bains is located 12 minutes away from Paris by train.


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Les villes thermales historiques reconnues comme de grands opérateurs culturels européens contemporains et prospectifs.

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The Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central and EHTTA at the 25th Forum of Cultural Routes in Colmar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:03

Characters in search of authors - EHTTA - Cultural Routes Forum in Colmar.pdf
Personnages en quête d'auteurs villes thermales - EHTTA - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Présentation EHTTA - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Presentation of EHTTA - Cultural Routes Forum in Colmar.pdf
Presentation of the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif central - Forum of the Cultural Routes Colmar.pdf
Présentation Route des villes d'Eaux du Massif central - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Promoting the  Massif Central on a European scale through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe - AROVEMAC -Colmar.pdf
Valoriser le Massif Central à une échelle européenne - AROVEMAC - Colmar.pdf

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