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Sixteen partners from 12 countries joined together in a unique project from 2012-2017, to create the European Route of Historic Theatres, which promotes the historic theatres of Europe. The project was supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

It features:

  • a comprehensive online database, Theatre Architecture where existing historic theatres across Europe are presented together for the first time
  • a selection of the best preserved and most interesting theatre buildings of each period connected through a continuous cultural tourism route that leads across Europe twelve individual routes, each with 10 to 12 highlighted theatres
  • a touring exhibition entitled The history of Europe - told by its theatres that presented the theatres in context which ran from spring 2015 and toured along the European Route
  • development of a new partnership of the coordinators of the route and 120 theatres participating in more than 30 countries through meetings and an annual conference
  • a new initiative, visit theatres, promoting tours offered by theatres of the Channel Route in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium

The European Route of Historic Theatres followed a pilot project of the same name that was conducted from 2007 to 2009, also with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.