About the Project

Cultural heritage consists of cultural and creative resources with a value for society that has been publicly recognised in order to preserve it for future generations. Cultural heritage is more than historical monuments left behind from the past. It is all the things, places and practices that define who we are as individuals, as communities, as regions. The rich and diverse cultural heritage of central Europe is one of the key attractions for tourists visiting the area. That is why local heritage has become an important economic factor. It is hard to put a price tag on our cultural heritage, but that does not mean that it has no economic and social value. Efforts to preserve and utilise cultural heritage can help generate tourism income in particular for remote regions, far from economic centres, rely on tourism-related services for employment. The sustainable use of cultural heritage is essential to ensure that central Europe will remain a popular destination to visit and to live in.

Through the exchange of good practice, experience and expertise of involved partners, the project aims to increase involvement of citizens and raise awareness of the importance of Europe's cultural heritage through education and lifelong learning by focusing on children, young and elderly people, local communities and hard-to-reach groups. Through the activities of the project we will strengthen the tolerance and mutual understanding between European citizens respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, while contributing to intercultural dialogue.

At the end of the project conclusions from public debates and recommendations on how to preserve heritage will be made. The project will build a network of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable, so they can work together on promoting cultural heritage in a long term perspective, develop opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity and social engagement.

Mestna občina Novo mesto
Development centre Novo mesto
Herceg Novi
Stadt Buehl
Gmina miasta Torun
Ajuntament de Vilafranca del Penedès
Mesto Trnava
Stadt Langenhagen
City of Bihač
Association des Agences de la democratie locale

This project is a multilateral partnership of 10 partners. We will organize 6 events – with press conference, crowdsourcing, tourism hackathon, expert presentation of the local cultural heritage, field visits and meetings with local tourist workers and representatives of museums.

  1. Italy: activities will take place in the city of Vicenza
  2. Montenegro: activities will take place in Herceg Novi
  3. Slovenia: activities will take place in Novo mesto
  4. Slovakia: activities will take place in the city of Trnava
  5. Spain: activates will take place in Ajuntament de Vilafranca del Penedès
  6. Bosnia and Hercegovina: activities will take place in Bihać

The events in the project will contribute to the following goals: educating about and promoting the cultural heritage of the partner towns; exchanging good practices on how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the cultural heritage in order to achieve the development of tourism and how to successfully integrate cultural heritage with craft, industry and other aspects of everyday life, developing and promoting the cultural tourism of the partner towns, establishing platform for an inter-cultural conversation about European cultural diversity and what we have in common to efficiently build the European future.

At the very last event a final conference will be held to close the project and sum up the results. We will prepare conclusions and recommendations on how to preserve heritage by involving the local population that recognizes heritage as the assets of education, identity, development and economy. These conclusions and recommendations will be printed to consolidate the conclusions of all public debates and present examples of good practice from all partner countries.

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