In the18th century, Europe’s thermal towns were the meeting point for intellectuals, artists, writers, politicians,
aristocracy scientists and philosophers from all over the continent.
This concept was the inspiration for the Source Project, an European initiative undertaken by the EHTTA and managed
by the Route de Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central, that ran from May 2013 to March 2015 across eight towns in six
countries. Co-funded by the EU Culture Program, the Source Project included eight events called, precisely, the “Cafés
of Europe”, held to debate issues that affect EHTTA’s members, and to highlight a festival being held at the same time.
Nowadays, EHTTA keeps fostering this 21st Century “Cafés of Europe” across spa towns, convinced of
their role as places for peace, dialogue, mutual understanding, culture and development.
Major challenges for the future of spa towns and their links to artistic creation and kownledge continue to be explored in open top-level event where everybody is welcome to participate!
The Source Project and the Café of Europe has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publicationreflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.