The European Paganini Route aims to share the values of the Council of Europe, in particular human rights and democracy. Established in many European countries, the Route contributes to preserving the cultural heritage linked to the key figure of Niccolò Paganini and also promotes intercultural dialogue. Places linked to his figure work together to promote knowledge of this unique musician and strengthen the idea of a shared European identity through artistic, scientific, tourist, and educational projects.
The EPR supports and collaborates with local communities and authorities both for the monumental heritage that many of them hold (particularly theatres) and for the intangible heritage, revaluing ancient skills and, through these, the territory’s identity.
By sharing methodologies and initiatives, European citizens from different countries participating in the Itinerary rediscover their common European belonging, following in Paganini’s footsteps, revaluing their local heritage and developing it with other members of the Itinerary’s networks, in the process of permanent intercultural dialogue, which sees the active participation not only of local administrations (at various regional levels) but also of the cultural world (through the involvement of bodies managing theatres, museums, interpretation centers, schools of all levels, universities and the tourism sector).
This is in line with Recommendation 929 (1981) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 8 October 1981, which states that music, in all its forms, is an important means of human expression and is also an accepted part of Europe’s cultural heritage.