|Approximate total Project budget in EUR:||1 574 102.11|
|ERDF co-financing in EUR:||1 337 986.79|
|Project Duration:||03/2009 - 05/2011|
|Priority:||Attractive Living Environment and Development of Sustainable Community|
|Direction:||2. Increasing the Attractiveness of the Border Region|
The project has been developed based on previous cooperation between 15 partners, who decided to make positive change in Mid-Baltic region, covering border areas of Latvia and Lithuania. As it was found in the research, the region has common history, social and cultural traditions, and very similar economical background. Main existing problems found in both countries are: a) lack of infrastructure, b) insufficient capacity of human resources, c) lack of visibility promotion measures, showing the region outside its borders, d) low efficiency in use of existing resources.
In order to develop the region, to make it attractive, visible, favourable for living, and friendly and charming for visiting, the project has been developed.
Main project activities include:
- Preservation of crafts culture heritage: establishment of digital wood craft museum, development of military crafts exhibition, festival, wood and weaving workshops, travelling exhibitions.
- Promotion of craft & art tourism: elaboration and promotion of new tourism routes, participation in international fairs, producing of booklet.
- Establishment of craft & art support infrastructure network: reconstruction of buildings, equipping of centres, elaboration of network development plan.
- Encouragement of entrepreneurship: training and study visits for craftsmen, elaboration of Action plan, publication of craft & art industry catalogue.
Project sought to establish ten craft and art centres. The varied offer of centres can be found in the booklet of crafts and art centres in Zemgale and North Lithuania. In addition, five new tourist routes along the Latvian - Lithuanian border have been developed and are waiting for guests to come and explore the art of wood carving, enjoy the rich culinary heritage of the region by tasting traditional foods, find out the secrets of artisans as they work on leather, stone and clay, or experience an unforgettable journey into the world of history and art.
Those working in culture were offered to work beside artisans in workshops and develop their skills. Local inhabitants and visitors were also able to enjoy international craft festivals and travelling photo exhibitions. Wood crafts also have been promoted by developing a digital exhibition on the internet in order to ensure maximum outreach.
The results of the Project are available here >.