Project information

Project start: 4 January 2012

Project completion: 3 November 2014

The main aim of the project is to intensify intercultural dialogue and involve local communities in cross-border activities as well as preserve the cultural heritage of the South Baltic Region through joint actions increasing the attractiveness of the area.

The project leads to more efficient use of cultural heritage in order to support regional development and increase the area's competitiveness. Thanks to diversity of the partners it is possible to benefit  from each other's experience and good practices. We aim to show our cities as interesting tourist destinations, increase attractiveness of the region and prolong the tourist season. Local craft throughout history is a subject uniting all the partners. It becomes possible to get to know the heritage of the neighbours as well as compare different crafts. The project through different kinds of cultural events aims to intensify local communities' actions and help them develop their historical awareness. Thanks to cooperation with international partners the citizens of each city are able to intensify dialogue with other cultures and meet their neighbours and their heritage crossing psychological barriers and breaking stereotypes. The project makes integration between people and institutions possible. Awareness about cultural diversity as well as common history and identity of this part of Baltic Sea rises.

The project is going to achieve its objectives through different types of  cross-border cultural events taking place in partner cities for 3 years.
Every year there will be a Festival Market (idea from Sweden), International Crafts and Folk Festival (from Lithuania) and a City Tournament (from Poland) organised in one of the countries. The events travel from one partner to the other so that everybody has a chance to experience each type of activity.

The project is very important for local sportsmen, craftsmen and musicians. Not only are they able to present their skills and talents internationally but also, to travel, meet new people, exchange ideas and broaden their horizons.
The employees of the partner organisations gain experience in working in international environment. The exchange of knowledge enables them to introduce good practices in their institutions. They get to know other cultures, experiences and way of work.