A new feature at this year’s ITB Berlin is the “European Historic Theatres Route”, which is intended to make people more aware of Europe’s theatre heritage. The route takes in 120 of the most attractive, most interesting and best-preserved of the continent’s historical theatres, encompassing every age from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Participants can experience them during the day. They include small court theatres and large opera houses, municipal theatres and those in health resorts, privately owned theatres and such unique buildings as the Corral de Comedias. In their own special way each of them has contributed to European history because, as places where society could meet, they reflect the era in which they were built, as well as the social changes that have taken place since. In this way historic theatre buildings are among the foundation stones of a shared European cultural heritage.
The “European Historic Theatres Route” has been divided into twelve sections, each containing twelve theatres, which can be easily visited in one week. Two or three of the theatres can also be viewed on a weekend, or visitors may choose to just take a look inside one of these buildings. The “European Historic Theatres Route” already extends through 22 countries, and by 2017, with the support of the “Culture” programme of the European Union, it will cover the whole of Europe.
For the attention of trade visitors: at 11 a.m. on Friday, 11 March, Antje Boshold will be giving a lecture on the “European Historic Theatres Route” at the Culture Conference Lounge, Hall 16.