Haskovo and Edirne - cultural and historical destinations

Project code:CB005.1.23.044
Project call:CB005.1
Priority axis / Specific objective:2.3. Increasing networking for development of sustainable tourism through cross-border cooperation initiatives
Type of project:Soft
Project duration in months:15
Project final contract amount:93460.80 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:21.03.2017
Project end date:20.06.2018
Project intervention field:094 Protection, development and promotion of public cultural and heritage assets
Project summary:

The overall project objectives are fostering of intercultural dialogue and improvement of access to culture heritage through broader use of digital technologies.

Planned activities include supply and instalment of equipment for digitalization of culture printed heritage objects from the Regional library “Hristo Smirnenski” in Haskovo and from the University library of Trakya University in Edirne. The equipment will ensure the digitalization of objects of culture heritage – post cards, periodicals with antiquarian value, books. The digital copies will be uploaded in a Catalog at the project web page. A printed version of the Catalog with detailed information about each digitalized object of culture heritage will be published.  A cook book with traditional recipes from the cross-border region will be issued. Planned organization of a Conference and a Round table aim to promote the project results.

Expected results of the project aim a long-term preservation of cultural heritage, fostering a debate and intercultural dialogue and increase the involvement of the stakeholders.

Project status: Finished

The project partners have implemented the activities according to the schedule.

This project is based on the idea of preservation and popularization of culture and historic heritage of the region. This was made through digitalization of evidences of this heritage and their popularization through the use of contemporary technologies. All objects subject to digitalization were carefully selected so that they can bring interesting information for the tourists and to encourage them to travel and explore the region. Post cards from Haskovo and Edirne, pictures of famous local figures, culture and historical landmarks and events were processed. Issues of old local newspapers, magazines and books were digitalized as well. In addition traditional local culinary recipes were found and presented. In order to popularize the information on a broader scale an internet web page was created where all this information was uploaded, along with a digital touristic map of the region and the digital cookbook, containing pictures of the digitalized dishes. In the course of the project events for establishment of new partnerships, exchange of experience and good practices were held. These included 2 networking events – a conference in Edirne and a round table in Haskovo and awareness raising events, again held in the two towns.

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Materials from the project:

The promotional materials are available HERE.

Project products:

The project brochure is available HERE.

The catalogue with digitalized objects of culture and historic heritage in Bulgarian and English language is available HERE.

The catalogue with digitalized objects of culture and historic heritage in Turkish and English language is available HERE.

The bilingual (Bulgarian/English) cook book is available HERE.

The bilingual (Turkish/English) cook book is available HERE.

Interactive tourist map is available at the following links: 

- in English language - https://project-haskovo-edirne.eu/en/interactive-map/;

- in Bulgarian language - https://project-haskovo-edirne.eu/interaktivna-karta/;

- in Turkish language - https://project-haskovo-edirne.eu/tr/interactive-map/.

The presentation "Regional library "Hristo Smirnenski"- traditions and innovations" is available HERE.

The presentation "What is digitalization and why is it needed?" is avialable HERE.

The presentation "Digital library Haskovo" is available HERE.

The presentation "Digitalization of cultural and historical heritage. Shared experience" is available HERE.

The presentation "Introduction in open access and its principles"is avilable HERE.

The presentation "The process of digitalization" is available HERE.

The presentation "Cultural and historical destinations in Haskovo and Edirne" is available HERE.


Leading partner
Regional Library “Hristo Smirnenski“- Haskovo
Foundatıon of Trakya Unıversıty