Hungary will host the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum in Visegrad, near Budapest, next year, a government official said on Monday. It is important that Hungary recognises opportunities arising from it strength in soft-power diplomacy, Máté Vincze, deputy state secretary for cultural development, said in Szentendre. József Antall, Hungary’s first post-communist prime minister, acknowledged this when he signed the accession documents of the Council of Europe and invited its youth organisation to set up its base in Budapest, he added. Cultural Routes next year will focus on cultural transmission and sustainability, as well as cultural transferal between the generations, Vincze said. Professionals from Council of Europe member states will attend the forum, where they can witness Hungary’s cultural diversity for themselves, he said.