Exchange study visit of Romanian partners to Ukraine under the project ‘Sharing Heritage’

On September 8-11, 2021 a study visit of Romanian partner to Ukraine was organized under the project ‘SHARING HERITAGE: Preserving Historical Legacy of Pniv Fortress in Ukraine and Ardud Fortress in Romania for Tourism Development’ 2SOFT/2.1/169 implementing by the Tourist Association of Ivano-Frankivsk Region in partnership with Pasichna Village Council (Ukraine), City Hall of Ardud and Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Satu Mare (Romania). The project is being implemented under the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 and co-financed by the European Union. The project will last until October 22, 2022; its total budget is 496 811,12 EUR (app 16 643 000,00 UAH); the grant amount is 444 195,10 EUR (app 14 880 536 UAH).

The study visit was attended by the representatives of local authorities in Satu Mare County of Romania responsible for the preservation of heritage sites, cultural workers and researchers involved in the management and interpretation of heritage, organizations for tourism development and heritage preservation, staff of university and academic institutions. All participants are actively involved in the project activities in Romania and will be the final beneficiaries of its results as managers, custodians or visitors of the Ardud Fortress, whose tourism potential will be developed during the project.

During the visit, the Romanian partners got acquainted with the local heritage of Yaremche, Vyhoda and Halych communities and the opportunities of cultural tourism in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.

Participants had an opportunity to learn more about the local heritage, best practices of its preservation and use of heritage for local development. The tour included visits to the Ecotourism Visit Center of the Carpathian National Nature Park in Yaremche and the Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center in the Vyhoda community, which are acting as unique interpretative objects of Ivano-Frankivsk region related to the natural and cultural heritage of local communities. These objects are considered as an example of how to use modern interpretation methods to extend the visitor’s stay in the community and thus encourage the development of the tourism and travel-related sector (accommodation, catering, entertainment, etc.).

Romanian delegation visited the territory of Pniv Fortress in Pasichna community of Nadvirna district, got acquainted with the planned activities under the project, including prospects for the establishment of the Pniv Fortress Heritage Interpretation Center, the planning documentation for which will be developed under the project.

In Nadvirna the tour participants from Romania met with local activists, interpreters and custodians of the castle heritage at the ‘Krasnodvir Castle Club’, whose main goal is to revive the castle heritage of Nadvirna, involve local activists in its interpretation, and raise funding for its preservation and presentation. During the meeting, the results of the Club’s activities, its cultural and promotional initiatives were presented.

The Romanian partners also got acquainted with the possibilities of cultural tourism in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk through guided walks and fascinating audio tours of the historic city center. The excursions were focused on the architectural heritage sites of the central part of the city, which are Stanislaviv Fortress with the Fortress Gallery ‘Bastion’, Fortress Lane, the Prykarpattia Museum of Arts (former Jesuit Church), the Cathedral. An equally important part of the tour was a visit to the complex of the former Stanislaw Potocki Palace with gates, during which participants had the opportunity to visit the local ‘Center for Artistic Creations’ located on the territory of Potocki Palace, get acquainted with the concept of future development of this heritage site and the project ‘Back to our common roots’ implemented by the Executive Committee of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council.

The ruins of the Halych Fortress, the ‘Bible Garden’ and the Mariampil castle in Dubivets community with a view of the Dniester Canyon were additional impressive objects of view for the participants of the Romanian delegation.

During the study visit, the Romanian colleagues gained many valuable personal contacts. Thanks to the knowledge and experience gained during the tour, they came up with interesting ideas for the interpretation of local castles together with Ukrainian partners and discussed solutions to similar problems in their communities. New acquaintances and acquired knowledge became the basis for future cooperation.

Reference: The general objective of the project ‘SHARING HERITAGE: Preserving Historical Legacy of Pniv Fortress in Ukraine and Ardud Fortress in Romania for Tourism Development’ is to increase economic and livelihood opportunities of local communities by employing tourism potential of the cross-border cultural heritage thus ensuring its conservation and sustainable use through building on cultural and historical legacy of the Ardud Fortress in the North Western Romania and the Pniv Fortresses in the Western Ukraine.

More about project: https://www.taif.org.ua/news/sharing-heritage-start/

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Tourist Association of Ivano-Frankivsk Region and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or of the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 management structures (www.ro-ua.net).

The Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 is financed by the European Union through the European Neighborhood Instrument and co-financed by the participating countries in the Programme.

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