The Rhodes International Culture & Heritage Society, known to most in Rhodes under its abbreviation RICHeS, celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014. It goes without saying that we won't let this remarkable achievement go unnoticed. We have several festivities for you in store, preparations are ongoing. To lift a tip of the veil: in spring we are bringing you a special anniversary exhibition in the French Inn. More information about the program will follow soon.
RICHeS started in February 2009 as an informal initiative of Hannie Paliou - van Dijk and Erik Bruns and was named Rottiers Committee. The committee intended to initiate a Rottiers exhibition and focused mainly on Dutch/Greek cultural relations. In September 2009 the Rottiers Committee became a legally established NGO under the name Rottiers Society. As Rottiers Society our organization became widely known in Rhodes and in the following year we organized the first Anoiktes Portes/European Heritage Days in Rhodes, which has since become one of our trademark events and, with thousands of participants, the most beloved heritage event in Rhodes. In June 2011 the name Rottiers Society was dropped in favor of Rhodes International Culture & Heritage Society. As RICHeS our organization has worked tirelessly over the past five years to increase public awareness and interest in the riches of Rhodes, its long and diverse cultural heritage which is the result of many cultural influences.
The Rottiers Committee started with two founders. The Rottiers Society installed a board of four. Now, five years later, RICHeS has a board of four, a secretary, several theme committees, many advisors, friends, supporters, donators, dozens of volunteers and hundreds to thousands of friends on Facebook and on our mailing lists.
A lot has been achieved, a lot still needs to be done. With your continuing support we are determined to make our second period of five years even more successful and we look forward to meeting you again during on of our events the coming year and to celebrate our birthday together with you.