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What is Heritage Hub Rasnov?

Cultural heritage is a crucial element in the dialogue between cultures, promoting respect for identities and diversity, thus strengthening the sense of belonging to a community. During the last decades, the concept of cultural heritage has undergone significant transformations, imposing the need for new managerial approaches, participative and based on extensive collaboration. These principles guide the "Heritage Hub Râșnov" project proposed by the Mioritics Association.

The aim of the project is to develop a strategic and sustainable management model for the Râșnov Citadel, developed in collaboration with the Norwegian partner HANDS ON HISTORY AS and the Râșnov City Hall. This model will be implemented over a period of 12 months, bringing substantial improvements in several directions.

The general objective of the Heritage Hub Râșnov project is to develop a strategic and sustainable management model for the Râșnov Fortress, using the opportunities offered by the tangible and intangible local heritage in order to develop cultural experiences and the local business environment, which will be developed together with the Norwegian partner Hands On History AS and implemented in partnership with Râșnov City Hall for 12 months (including by organizing a medieval event with 30 participants from Norway).

 

Project implementation period: November 2022 -  April 2024  (18 months)

The total value of the project is 982,269.20 lei, respectively 199,17585 euros.

The amount of the non-refundable financing (85% EEA Grant and 15% the national budget): 982269.20 lei, respectively 199.17585 euros.

 

The Mioritics Association is an organization with over 18 years of experience in the field of cultural heritage, ecotourism and education. The organization was awarded in 2021 with the Order of Cultural Merit as a sign of appreciation for the important contribution made to the cultural development of our country, for the dedication put into the process of educating the public through culture of all ages, proving excellence at the national and international level.

 

Hands on History AS is an organization in Trondheim (Norway) that provides historical consultancy for major projects. The latest is the National Geographic production Vikings: The Rise and Fall which is nominated for the 2023 Emmy Awards.

 

About EEA Grants

The EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to the strengthening of bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary states in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States.

These financing mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together the EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market.

In total, the three states contributed €3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and €1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period. More details are available at: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro

 

The RO-CULTURE program is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and its general objective is to strengthen economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management.

The Program's budget is approximately 34 million euros.

More details are available onwww.ro-cultura.ro

PROJECT RESULTS

Strategic Management Plan

-STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PLAN - during the project, a strategic management plan for the Râșnov Fortress will be developed and tested, and best practices will be exchanged with the Norwegian partner Hands on History AS.

LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS - In order to intensify the involvement and attachment of the local community to Râșnov Fortress, we consider it crucial that young people learn about heritage from an early age. Our project proposes a pilot program to develop and distribute two local history textbooks for 30 teachers and 250 students.

-MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL- The organization of the Medieval Festival (September 7-10), which included two days of collaboration with over 40 European specialists, dedicated to discussing solutions and strategies for the Râșnov Fortress, and two other days dedicated to events for the general public in the garden of the Râșnov Fortress.

Râșnov Fortress Garden  has been transformed into a hub of cultural activities.  Five local artists were selected to develop artistic products and activities in line with local cultural values. These artists benefited from an exchange of experience with the Norwegian partner, Hands on History SA, and formed the "Râșnov Creativ" community. This aims to become a collaboration and promotion platform for artists from Râșnov. 

Development of Tourist Products

Conception of a new tourist product called MEDIEVAL CAMP. Inspired by the Norwegian concept "Go Viking Hiking", this innovative project will be adapted to the Transylvanian context, based on local historical values and themes. The natural beauty of the Râșnov Fortress area and the nearby mountains will be used, integrating elements of authentic history and props specific to the medieval period.

Trainings for Managers of
heritage and guides/cultural animators/
museum
Râșnov Creativ Artists

  Within the Râșnov Heritage Hub Project, training sessions will be organized for 5 heritage managers selected at national level and 30 guides/cultural animators/museographers. An announcement of the training sessions will be drawn up, and interested persons will have to send an envelope containing at least a request for participation accompanied by a CV.

The training focuses on the following essential areas of a guide/museographer: historical documentation and presentation and communication with visitors. During the 3 days of meetings with experts in the field, participants will have the opportunity to learn or develop their skills related to the documentation of the presented topics, their interpretation and direct interaction with the public.

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