1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Puchaczów Commune (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Department for Ideological Work, Culture and Youth Affairs of Liachavičy Raion Executive Committee (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
Poland and Belarus share history heritage, valuable culture, tradition and legacy. Throughout ages many damage and disproportions appeared in both countries, but they still contain common roots, what is visible in many historical objects located on this area. One of them is the Lachert Manor House in Ciechanki
(the Puchaczów Commune, Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland), built in the 19th century and later redecorated by one of the most popular Polish architects,
Bohdan Lachert. A the same time the classical Rejtan Family Manor House in Hrušaŭka (Brest Oblast, Belarus) was erected.
The authors of the ROCCO project observed huge potential in both properties and planned activating tourism on a basis of these heritage objects.
The investment focuses on complex renovation of ancient manors. In their premises, two new cultural institutions will be established – Tourist, History
and Cultural Centre in Hrušaŭka and Center for Creative Work in Ciechanki. Both Centres will engage youth and artists through variety of activities related to common history and heritage of the cross-border region: exchange camps, the bicycle route, meetings on the history, numerous exhibitions, architecture
and landscape plein-airs, design workshops, open-air events, study visits and much more. Moreover the Liachavičy fortress battle will be re-enacted,
with the participation of the historical Knights Unit. Finally, promotion of the area heritage will be provided as well (websites, press conferences and articles,
road signs, videos and media spot).
The exchange of ideas, know-how and knowledge between partners will influence better preservation of common heritage of Poland and Belarus.
Increased tourists interest in renovated objects will result in a gradual growth in the number of visitors. Moreover, better awareness of the valuable cultural heritage of Poland and Belarus will contribute to tourism and economic development of cross border-region.
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