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“The Written Treasures of Lower Danube”

What’s the goal?

Overall project objective is encouraging joint conservation, protection, promotion and development of the written intangible cultural heritage of the RO–BG CBC region through diversification of tourist services and literary tourism development, as a major factor for using and exploiting common advantages and potentials, and overcoming discrepancies.

What’s the budget?

486 028.75euro, out of which 413 124.43 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 9,000 euro for LB, 23,855 euro for B2 and 27,400 for B3.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Global Libraries Bulgaria Foundation

Beneficiary 2: Alexandru & Aristia Aman Dolj County Library

Beneficiary 3: „Lyuben Karavelov“ Regional Library

When is it happening?

Start date: 10.10.2018

End date: 08.04.2020

Duration: 17 Months and 30 Days 

Where is it happening?

Craiova – in Romania

Sofia, Ruse – in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • A new integrated tourist product Lower Danube Cross-border Destination for Literary Tourism (Lower Danube CBDLT)
  • Two pilot modern and innovative for the whole region literary tourist attractions will be created in the libraries in Ruse and Craiova, based on the newest digital technologies,
  • At least 5 literature tourist packages and 5 tourist routes will be created in the cross-border region
  • Two international literary festivals.
  • An Integrated Development Strategy of Lower Danube CBDLT worked out with the active participation of all kind of stakeholders in the CBC region;
  • A Three Year Action Plan for Management of the New Lower Danube CBDLT;
  • A Strategic plan for Cross-border network of stakeholders development will be prepared
  • An Innovative Marketing strategy for internationally promoting the new image of Lower Danube CBDLT.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: Increase in expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction, 2 integrated tourism products/services created, 4 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorising (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses.

Programme results: increase of the number of overnights in the cbc area with 4.320.

Project status

The project started on 10.10.2018, is currently in implementation and is in the 9th month of implementation out of 17 months and 30 days. During the first reporting period for describing the progress on activities, Lead Beneficiary concluded a contract for accounting and financial management of the project. Also, the contract for consultancy for development of the tender documents and tender procedure and contract for design and maintenance of a project website for the implementation were signed.

Beneficiary 2 signed 4 contracts for direct purchase of 2 laptops, promotional materials, catering services and translation services. Also, it were signed 7 contracts for research services.

Beneficiary 3 signed the contract for delivery of equipment, namely laptops and mobiles and 8 contracts for field research in Montana, Silistra, Dobrich, Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratza, Vidin and Pleven regions.

Also, all the equipment within the project have been purchased.

The research conducted by Beneficiary 2 and 3 will describe the actual condition of literary tourist resources and tourist infrastructure, quality of present services and products, to find and describe new unknown until now literary resources, and new tourist products and attractions to be developed.

During the press conference held in Craiova, organized by Beneficiary 2, on 18.11.2018 - 19.11.2018, one press article was released regarding the project.


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