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Living human treasures(ROBG- 358)

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to promote local authentic culture in the field of authentic dances, singing and traditional cuisine in the cross-border area.

What’s the budget?

499,366.01 euro, out of which 424,461.10 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period:

48,481 euro for LB, 19,500 euro for B2 and 25,686 euro for B3.


Lead Beneficiary (LB): Association “Regional partnerships for sustainable development – Vidin” (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Cross Border Association E(quilibrum) Environment(Romania)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Regional Development Agency and Business Center 2000 (Bulgaria)


Start date: 01.08.2018

End date: 31.01.2020

Duration: 18 months


Dolj in Romania

Montana and Vidin in Bulgaria


  • Selection of participants
  • Joint cross-border management plan for valorization of authentic culture
  • Cross-border trainings for dancing, singing and cooking
  • Traveling festivals of authentic culture
  • Nationwide cross-border fair for authentic folklore
  • Promotional campaign.

Results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 2 integrated tourism products, 1 common management plan for valorising the cultural heritage

Programme results: 2,000 tourist overnights in the CBC region.

Project status

The project implementation was finalized in January 2020. The final implementation report is yet to be submitted (deadline for submission in June 2020).

The most active and attractive holders of authentic culture in the 3 categories (dances, songs and cuisine) to take part in trainings, traveling festivals and cross-border fair later on in the project implementation were selected.

The project beneficiaries prepared the joint cross-border management plan for valorisation of authentic culture. 3 offers centered around existing cultural events were developed and presented via e-mail to tour operators for development of “ready for use” tourism products.

All three cross-border trainings in dancing, singing and gastronomy were organised in Montana, Vidin and Craiova. Authentic folklore costumes were handed over to the selected target group for their participation in the travelling festivals and Nationwide cross-border fair for authentic folklore.

The partner representatives and 7 dancers of Dancing club of village Barzia took part in the International cultural tourism fair in Veliko Tarnovo in period 18-20.04.2019 as part of the fair’s accompanying programme.


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