European Cemetery Week 2006








A Week for Discovering European Significant Cemeteries

29th May – 4th June 2006



 Drawing Contest

Serveis Funeraris de Barcelona has organized a drawing contest for the children of Barcelona. The theme of the contest is “The animals of the cemetery of Poblenou”. There are five different age categories and the winner of each one will receive a medal and a prize. The results of the contest will be published on SFB’s website ( on May 17. The drawings will be exhibited in the entrance hall of SFB during the last week of May and at the Cemetery of Poblenou during the Week for Discovering European Significant Cemeteries 2006.

 Thursday 1st June

Guided night tour of the Cemetery of Poblenou. Guides in historical costumes will take the visitors through the compound’s monuments of highest historical and cultural interest while telling the cemetery’s history.

 Modernista Festival of Barcelona

On May 4, 5 and 6 the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Ensanche derecho district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the second Modernista Festival of Barcelona. SFB will be present with a booth. SFB representatives dressed in historical costumes will give out information on the cemeteries as well as on “The Road of the Cemeteries” organized by SFB and the drawing contest. 





Press conference with video presentation celebrating  the 120th anniversary of the New Cemetery in Belgrade

Special addition to the daily newspaper “Politika” about the new cemetery

Special June edition of the company newspaper “Belgrade Portals” which will be completely dedicated to “A week for Discovering European Significant Cemeteries” and will also cover various historical and cultural heritage that is closely connected to the New Cemetery in Belgrade

Printing of four different “flyers” dedicated to artists, politicians, military leaders and sculptors at the New Cemetery in Belgrade

Tours for the tourists of the New Cemetery with the expert guidance

 Info :




Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf

Monday 29th  May at  2 p.m.

Opening event with a special tour through the Cemetery and explanations about the new way at the Cemetery as well as a report about the organisation activities

Tuesday 30th May till Saturday 2rd June at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided tours through the cemetery, lectures about the new burial culture in Germany

Picture exhibition of Berlin cemeteries

Saturday 3th June at 3 p.m.

Final event  




 Sunday 4th June

Guided tour




 Certosa di Bologna – Guided tours

Monday 29th  May at 4 p.m.

Bulaggna la Grasa (Bologna the Fat). Poets and dialect poetry

by Elisa Musi

Tuesday 30th  May at 4 p.m.

The revolution of emotion. The words of Romantic Culture on the gravestones in Certosa

by Jenny Bronzetti

Wednesday 31 May at 4 p.m.

The sculptured lices. The effect of the fashion in the Certosa monuments

by Silvia Sebenico

Thursday 1 June at 4 p.m.

The celebration of the artists. Memory and representation.

by Annalisa Bozzano

Friday 2 June at 10.30 a.m.

To construct a nation: men and women who built Italy

by Mirtide Gavelli

Saturday 3rd June at  7.00 p.m.

Walking around the best interesting monuments

with Stefano Tumidei

Beyond the great events: notes, curios, anecdotes of the city daily life

by Roberto Martorelli

Monday 29th May at 6.00 p.m. 

Manica Lunga di Palazzo d’Accursio: Inauguration of “Imagining a future for the parks of memory” exhibition of projects designed during the Corso di Architettura e Composizione Architettonica, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Bologna, dedicated to a new ideal cemetery in the Eastern part of Bologna.

 Saturday 3rd June at 9.p.m.

Certosa - Church of S. Girolamo

Concert of the Vocal Group “Euridice”.




 The Cultural Canon Project and Assistens Cemetery

In January 2006, the Danish Ministry of Culture issued a canon of Danish art and culture with the intention of presenting the greatest, most important works of Denmark’s cultural heritage. The canon comprises 96 works of art within the art forms architecture, visual arts, design and crafts, film, literature, music and drama.

 Whether the selected works truly do represent the best of Danish art and culture, can be and has been debated, as has the whole idea of a cultural canon promoted by the state. Nevertheless, the canon undeniably contains works of good quality by distinguished artists.

It is noteworthy that a cemetery – Mariebjerg Cemetery in Gentofte north of Copenhagen - has been included in the canon. In Copenhagen’s most significant cemetery, Assistens Cemetery, it is the monuments by and graves of artists that make the canon topical.

 Thursday 1st  June at 4:30 p.m.

Guided tours to the graves, monuments and works of some of the artists included in the cultural canon and buried on Assistens Cemetery.

Meeting place: Main entrance to Assistens Cemetery, Kapelvej 2, 2200 København N.




Monday 29th  May

Seminar: Proper maintenance and restoration of gravestones, Viru-Nigula

Friday  2nd June

Lecture: Lost Cemeteries in Tallinn – Kalamaja and Kopli

Saturday 3rd June

Voluntary maintenance work at the old Narva cemetery, guided tour of the cemetery

 The Week for Discovering European Significant Cemeteries in Estonia is organised in co-operation between the National Heritage Board, the Estonian Heritage Society and the Tallinn City Government.

A joint press release will be issued drawing the attention of the municipalities and the public at large to the state of cemeteries and graveyards in Estonia and stressing their importance in the cultural history of Estonia.




 Friday 2nd June at 11 am

Cemetery of Staglieno, Pantheon

Spiritual, gospel and African songs by Gruppo Gospel


Sunday 4th June at 11 am

Theatre play with Teatro dell’Ateneo

“Tra religione e democrazia” (“Between Religion and Democracy”)

based on the lyric by Ugo Foscolo “Dei Sepolcri”

with the participation of the vocal ensemble

Il Concerto Armonico




Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th June

Former City Hall  next to the Campo Sancto of Sint-Amandsberg: exhibition open to the public each afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm 

The theme of the exhibition is “Veiled women on the cemetery or Der Tod und das Mädchen”

Sunday 28th May at 6.00 p.m.

Former City Hall next to the Campo Sancto of Sint-Amandsberg: opening of the European Week 2006 with some speeches, a reception and an art exhibition.

Concert of a harp-player

Saturday 3rd June  at 10.00 a.m. .

Guided tour on the Campo Sancto of Sint-Amandsberg, followed by  a visit of the art exhibition and a small reception.

Sunday 4th June at 10.00 a.m.

Guided tour on the  Western Cemetery.

 There will be an information evening organised for the funeral branch followed by a reception.

 Publication of an article on the subject in the city magazine that is spread amongst the 230.000 inhabitants of Gent and an article in the magazine “Gent International” that is published  both in Dutch and in English. The article emphasizes the importance of taking care of our funeral heritage, what the specific purpose of this working together on a European scale is and the evolution we notice on our cemeteries.




 Saturday 27th  May

11.00 a.m. Guided tour of Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast

11.30 a.m. Guided tour of Bully's Acre Graveyards, Kilmainham, Dublin 

3.00 p.m. Guided tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery

Sunday 28th  May

11.30 a.m.  Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin - National Graves Association

11.30 a.m.  Guided tour of Bully's Acre, Kilmainham, Dublin

  3.00  p.m. Guided tour of Friar's Bush, Belfast - Gerry Ward

                   Guided tour of St Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Dublin - Howth Peninsula 

                   Historical Group

Tuesday 30th  May

7.00 p.m.   Lecture: Blanchardstown Library.  Stones, Bones and Groans - famous graves,

                 art and architecture, symbolism and other grave matters - Ray Bateson

Wednesday 31st  May

                 Guided tour of City Cemetery, Belfast - Cllr Tom Hartley

2.30 p.m.  Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 2.30 p.m.

7.30 p.m.  Lecture: Pearse Street Library. Stones, Bones and Groans - famous graves, art

                and architecture, symbolism and other grave matters - Ray Bateson

Friday 2nd  June

2.30 p.m.  Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

Saturday 3rd  June

           Guided tour of Donnybrook Cemetery, Dublin - David Neary

Sunday 4th  June

11.30 a.m. Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin - National Graves Association

  2.15 p.m. Guided tour of Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin - Ray Bateson

 22nd  May - 4th  June:  Book Displays

Dublin City Libraries

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Libraries

Fingal County Libraries




 Wednesday 31st June, 4 p.m.

Guided visit to Tuskulenai Columbarium, where the remains of 724 victims of the Soviet Terror have found eternal rest.  




 1st  June – June 4th   10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

žale Cemetery: guided tours

Thursday 1st June

Reopening of the Plečnik’s chapel with permanent picture exhibition “Architectural details of Plečnick Žale”

 Žale, public enterprise d.o.o., is celebrating 100 years from the first funeral on the cemetery. Because of this anniversary žale, public enterprise  d.o.o. in the days between 1st and 4th of June is organising several special activities.

 One of them will take place on the 1st of June 2006. At 2 p.m. there will be the inauguration of the permanent exhibition of the pictures showing great architectural details from the objects made by the famous Slovene architect Mr. Joze Plečnik. The show will be opened in the renewed chapel made at Žale by Plečnik himself. From that day on the show will be opened every working day (Monday-Friday) from 9  a.m. to 4 p.m. while during the festive days of the Week for Discovering European Cemeteries it will be opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 All employees at Žale are well aware of the importance of their cemetery and their aim is to make Žale known by the citizens too. Therefore the company is organising, for the third year, free guided visits through the cemetery, showing to the visitors the most important works of art. The visits will take place from 1st to 4th of June, twice a day - at 10  a.m. and 4 p.m. The guidance will be in Slovene language but it will be possible, under special agreement, to organise English guidance too.



 Children’s workshops (accompanied by adults)

These are held in the environmental classroom and its garden

 Tuesday 30th May at 2 p.m.

Nature trail and craft workshop based on ‘Insect Hideaways’

Thursday 1st  June at 2 p.m. 

‘Make and Take’ workshop using organically grown produce for ’Vegetable Pets’

Friday  2nd June at 2 p.m.

Storytelling, trail and craft workshop for children 2-5yrs with parents, ‘Owl Babies’


Walks and Talks

These start at the visitors centre, all are free but donations are gratefully accepted.

 Sunday 4th June at  2 p.m.

Join in this, ‘Guided History Tour’ of this Victorian garden cemetery known for its Egyptian Revival Entrance Building style and unique, partially gothic chapel; it was once one of the largest arboretums in Europe, now a 13ha nature reserve and historical paradise.





Sunday 2nd June at 2.30 p.m.

Guided Tour

Sunday 11th June

Cemetery Open Day



 Friday 2nd  June and Saturday 3rd  June

Concert of chamber music in the chapel at the Pobrežje cemetery 6 p.m.

Guided walk through the cemetery (cemetery monuments, tombstones of famous people)       5 p.m.

exhibition of funeral floristic 8 a.m. –  5 p.m.

guided walk through crematorium (only on Saturday)

presentation of grave decoration and vegetation with samples in the Gardening Dobrava



 Sunday  4th June

European Day of the open-air museums



Martedì 30 maggio

Cimitero di Poggioreale

Guided tour to the "Recinto degli Uomini Illustri" (the area of the cemetery dedicated to the most famous people)

 Thursday 1st June, 10.30 a.m.

Press conference: the 2nd number of ADE-News and the activities of the second year of  the “City of Memory” project will be presented

Friday 2nd June

ADE news/2 will be distributed free of charge to all the visitors of the cemeteries

Saturday 3rd  June, 7.00 p.m.

Opening of the new north-south path in the Cimitero Monumentale La Villetta

Sunday 4th June, 10.30 a.m.

The weekly magazine “Anniversari di oggi” writing about the “Week for discovering European cemeteries” will be distributed free of charge to all the visitors of the cemeteries



 27th May – 4th June, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victorian chapel: exhibition “Aspects of Leisure from about 1850 and other historical and contemporary themes” 

Saturday 27th May at  2 p.m.

Walk/talk for children and parents: Victorian Symbolism for Children by Sharon Endacotte

Sunday 28th May at, 2 p.m.

Walk/talk  for General Public: Butterflies and Moths

Tuesday 30th May at 2 p.m.

Talk/Walk: Gentle guided walk for less able and disabled by Pat Luxford

Wednesday 31st May at 7.30 p.m.

Victorian Chapel: St. Martin’s Singers/Mozart’s Vespers Victorian Part Songs harp soloist Emma Graham

Thursday 1st June at 12-1 p.m.

 Victorian chapel: lecture: Ford Park Past, Present and Future by Henry Will

Saturday 3rd June at 2 p.m.

New chapel: History of funeral directorship by Richard Parson

Sunday 4th June at 2 p.m.

Cemeter: Maritime Connection – new walk by Pat Luxford



 Tuesday 30th May, 3 p.m.

Cimitero del Verano: guided tour

Saturday 3rd June, 10.30

Cimitero del Verano: guided tour




 Wednesday 31st May, 5.00 and 8.30 p.m.

Woodland Cemetery

Guided cemetery and chapel tours

Visitors Center: exhibition Skogskyrkogarden – a World Heritage Site




 Thursday  1st June

Opening for the general public of the ancient crypt of the cemtery church

Friday  2nd  June

Opening of the Military Ossuary

 Friday 9th June, 5 p.m.

Church Vienna Central Cemetery: concert



Friday, 2nd June at 3 p.m.

Guided tour on the North Cemetery: "Forgotten treasures of historicism on the North Cemetery"

Meeting point: Main entrance, Platter Straße 93 (Bus [Nr.6] stop: Nordfriedhof)



 Thursday 1st June, 6.00 p.m.

Chapel of the Mirogoj Cemetery

Concert of the Zagreb quartet


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