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Registered association of 18 European cities with history and/or presence in forging and metal design.
At the beginning of this century various cities in Europe have confirmed their cultural and historical connection with iron and forging by the foundation of the Ring of the European Cities of Iron Works. The 18 member cities in 12 different European countries aim at long term care and maintenance of the iron- and forging culture by working together.
These membercities are:
Mynämäki (Finland), Ovre Eiker (Norway), Friesoythe (Germany), Olbernhau (Germany), Stolberg (Germany), Kolbermoor (Germany), Oude IJsselstreek (Netherlands), Ybbsitz (Austria), Bad Hall (Austria), Lipnik nad Becvou (Czech Republic), Pratovecchio-Stia (Italy), Acireale (Italy), Bienno (Italy), Campdevánol (Spain), Ulyanovsk (Russia), Ivano Frankivsk (Ukraine), Donetsk (Ukraine), Arles-sur-Tech (France).
For centuries iron, steel and natural resources have connected people across borders. In order to foster the regional cultures of Europe towns and communities are striving for an international partnership and friendship in a peaceful Europe.
We support the regional variety of blacksmithing and metal design in the global unity of Europe on all levels. Our tradition is the basis of a successful and up-to-date future of the Ironcities. We interchange, proud of our traditions and open for new ideas. We support young journeymen. We achieve our goals by supporting the development of the member communities in the fields of metal design and blacksmithing and encourage the diversity of regional cultures and setting up a network that provides us with a common identity.
The exchange of knowledge, experiences and cultural values are important issues. The partners in this first application to the Erasmus+ project European Iron Academy are all related to our association “the Ring of European Cities of Iron Works” (further called “Ring”). The Ring organises the exchange of knowledge, experiences and cultural values, and coordinates the improvement of centres for training and further instruction.
We have 18 members in 12 different European countries which all have experience with iron and forging. Every year a board meeting, an annual meeting for all members, a meeting for the compentent council of blacksmiths and a meeting for council members are organised by secretary and member cities. At the moment, the member cities are in fact silent partners and can facilitate and support (not financially) the road to an European Iron Academy. The secretary supports the teachers and blacksmiths in an administrative way on this road. It is necessary to have a person like that because she must inform the partners, ensure that meetings are organized, ensure that reports are made and everything will be done in time as asked in the program.