The ECR Party’s European Culture Weekend has reached its third stage after the events in Split (Croatia, March 31st – April 2nd) and Sofia (Bulgaria, May 12th – 14th). These events have been gathering significant participation and proposals at all the meetings, collecting testimonies and visions from conservatives across Europe (and beyond), touching on topics such as the conservative approach to freedom and economic prosperity, as well as increased sharing of the European project. The two cities are also highly symbolic as they serve as true bridges connecting nations, cultures, and different identities: Split connects the Adriatic Sea and the visions of a sea with a millennia-old history and tradition, while Sofia connects the Balkans to Greece and the Black Sea region, among the cradles of European civilization and thought.
The third installment of the ECR Party’s European Culture Weekend will take place in Jerusalem (Israel, June 2nd-5th) to address the themes of agriculture and sustainability. Jerusalem is a city of great significance for all European conservatives: it is the Holy City of the Christian and Jewish religions, the symbolic place representing the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe. It serves as the Western outpost in the Middle East, a city where European culture takes root and provides a concrete alternative to other examples in the same geographic area. Furthermore, Jerusalem represents the ability to thrive even amidst the desert. It is a city that has been invaded and destroyed multiple times throughout history but has always managed to rise and rebuild, surviving the upheavals of the time.
For these reasons, Jerusalem has been chosen as the venue for the event dedicated to the challenges of agriculture and sustainability, topics that are increasingly inseparable and form the basis for economic growth in Europe and the world. These issues cannot be left out of the ECR’s agenda, nor should they be the exclusive domain of certain schools of thought, especially considering that conservative environmental philosophy provides more comprehensive answers both in the short and long term. Starting afresh with the products of our land, and ensuring development for many areas of Europe, must be a priority for conservatives.
With a maximum contribution of 550 euros, participants will not only be provided with travel and accommodation but also have the opportunity to take part in activities held at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel and visit the sacred sites of different religions. This will allow them to personally experience the essence of a city that, despite being multicultural, has not renounced its origins and traditions, maintaining a strong connection to its past and history. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the Old City of Jerusalem (a UNESCO World Heritage site), which encompasses the major sites of the great monotheistic religions within one square kilometer: the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Mount of Olives, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The visit, included in the weekend package, will be guided, providing explanations of all the peculiarities of Israel’s “Holy City.”
The more specific themes to be addressed, with the participation of Israeli experts who can provide concrete examples of implementation, are water management (from irrigation techniques to water desalination) and high-tech farming, where technology serves human activity rather than replacing it. Representatives from governments, politics, academia, and the productive sector will participate in the important panels of the European Culture Weekend in Jerusalem. Registration is possible by sending an email to [email protected] or consulting the event’s dedicated pages on the ECR website. As seats are limited, it is advisable to register as soon as possible.