1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Szczuczyn Commune (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
The Executive Committee of the Kovel City Council (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Education, Sport and Tourism Division of Ščučyn District Executive Committee (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
The cross-border area of three neighbouring countries, precisely Szczuczyn Commune, Kovel City and Ščučyn Raion has enor- mous cultural diversity and many historical sites with valuable nature. Unfortunately, poor touristic infrastructure prevents cultivating a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural heritage of the area causing low interest of local traditions with a strong influence of Western culture.
The CBCentres project is focused on this challenge leading to the tourism development and, in a longer perspective, reducing the level of unemployment using the richness of the cultural and historical heritage of three neighbourhood countries. Investing in the tourism sector will create new job opportunities for residents. Major element of the project provides building of three Centres for Dialogue of Cultures in Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. The Centres will take the form of amphitheatres, equipped with concert scenes, auditoriums, new technical and cubature facilities as well as the sound, lighting, monitoring systems. In newly established objects the art, folklore and science workshops will be conducted to promote the culture of the cross-border area. The partners will organize there also the study visits to exchange knowledge and ideas, what will enable to elaborate a common promotion strategy via a variety of portals, movies, markings, leaflets etc.
The project actions will strengthen cooperation, improve the quality of mutual contacts and enhance the traffic of tourists. New, modern objects of culture presenting the richness and diversity of the region the will have a positive influence on its tourist attractiveness. The visitors will get access to varied tourist offer and possibility to learn more about the culture and history whereas the residents will get new job opportunities. The project is a perfect example of developing the potential of culture on the basis of trilateral cross-border cooperation between municipalities and local societes.
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