project activities

1) Identification of the intangible cultural heritage

As the issue of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is quite new and most regions are not aware of their ICH, our first step will be the identification of ICH. Therefore, people with a deep knowledge of the regions are interviewed. Furthermore, through mutual “expert’s visits” an external perspective will be added to the regions in order to discover “the obvious” that local people in many cases are not aware of. The results from the interviews and the expert’s visits will be summarized in a brochure that shows the regional intangible cultural heritage of the regions and helps raising the awareness for the intangible cultural heritage. Furthermore, a transnational fair will be organised where people have the possibility to see, touch and participate in the traditional crafts, skills,... of their regions. Finally, a manual on the methods used and the lessons learned during the research as well as selected examples will be provided. This manual will help other regions for further research to discover their intangible cultural heritage.

 

2) Development of common methods and tools to capitalise on cultural resources

This project step starts with a research on already existing approaches, methods and tools concerning the capitalisation of cultural resources. The results of this research as well as the own expertise of the partners in this fields will be discussed in a transnational workshop. This discussion will lead to a transnational cross-fertilisation, as elements of different approaches can be discussed and combined in order to develop new methods and tools for the capitalisation of ICH. These methods and tools will be described in a manual, which will be the first handbook on capitalisation on ICH. The manual will provide politicians and other stakeholders as well as entrepreneurs with methods and tools to capitalise on cultural resources, thus contribute to an increased attractiveness and competitiveness of regions. Additionally, training material to build the capacities for the implementation of the methods and tools will be prepared.

 

3) Implementation and testing of the new methods and tools in the participating regions

First, a monitoring system to monitor the implementation of the methods and tools is set up. It can also be transferred to other regions beyond the project. In workshops with politicians/regional stakeholders and in pilot trainings with entrepreneurs and proponents of cultural associations they will learn how they can apply the methods and tools in their work to achieve better results regarding the development of enterprises, municipalities and regions. In the pilot trainings and workshops, some especially interesting/promising aspects of ICH as well as their proponents will emerge. They will be invited to further develop their ideas in pilot actions. Finally, in a transnational workshop the experiences and lessons learned will be compared and summarized and best practice examples will be identified. An evaluation report will analyse the activities and the findings of the transnational workshop. This report will be the basis for the strategy for sustainable regional development based on intangible cultural resources to increase the competitiveness of Central European regions.

 

4) Development of a Cultural resources strategy for sustainable regional development

This project step will finally summarize the knowledge gained in the former activities and compose a cultural resources strategy for sustainable regional development, which will be implemented in regional policies and decision making processes in the participating regions. This strategy will include the revised methods and tools as well as best practice examples. Finally, in the participating regions regional policy workshops with the local mayors and regional stakeholders will be held to implement the strategy on a regional level. The implementation of the strategy will foster a development based on intangible cultural resources to increase the competitiveness of the participating regions. The implementation of the strategy strengthens the regional identity, valorises – and therefore contributes to their preservation – the intangible cultural resources and promotes a sustainable and comprehensive social and economic development.

 
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