02/03/2011 – TOURISM: IPA ADRIATIC, 'ARCHEO.S' PROJECT

‘Archeo.S’ is one of the projects that has been granted financing through the IPA Adriatic’s first announcement for proposals for standard projects. Made public for the first time in the tourism catalogue presented by the IPA Adriatic Programme at the 31st International Tourism Exchange (BIT) in Milan, the project seeks to overcome the problems associated with promoting the cultural heritage sites in the area as well as improving cultural policies and the development of the Adriatic area. The first task of the ‘Archeo.S’ project is to establish a partnership agreement between the beneficiaries (local agencies and authorities, producers of art and culture, and cultural distribution networks) and the cultural heritage sites involved in the project. The agreement will seek to create a system capable of truly promoting and making the most of the territory through the joint promotion of cultural sites, by improving support to the art and cultural sector and by providing technical support for public events at the sites involved in the project. The network that will be created will allow for expertise and know-how to be exchanged between the different beneficiary countries, and will promote the development of public and private sector partnership as well as local and cross-border collaboration, and joint experimentation with new methodological approaches concerning the management of cultural sites. The project also assures a good level of sustainability: after funding has ended, those in charge of the cultural sites involved in the experiments will already be engaged in activities and will have the responsibility of involving other institutions in the area. ‘Archeo.S’ will encourage local administrations to develop innovative governance models to improve the management of their cultural heritage by supporting cultural activities as tools to promote and make the most of the sites, and more in general, for sustainable development in the area. The project will also encourage the circulation of artistic and cultural products and areas specific areas of expertise in different countries, while promoting inter-cultural dialogue at the same time. Planning strategies that will allow for the promotion and preservation of environmental and cultural heritage sites will also constitute an important element in the project.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA

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