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A joint opened window to the universe mysteries

What’s the goal?

To capitalize on the touristic potential of the region (both natural and cultural), by diversifying the touristic offer of the cross-border region, focusing on scientific tourism.

What’s the budget?

1,473,253.99 euro, out of which 1,252,265.87 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Natural Science Museum Complex Constanta

Beneficiary 2 (B2): History Museum Kavarna

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Naval Academy Mircea cel Batran

Beneficiary 4 (B4): National College Mircea cel Batran

When is it happening?

Start date: 04.10.2018

End date: 03.09.2023

Duration: 59 months

Where is it happening?

Kavarna, Dobrich District in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Development of 3 tourism products: Astronomy camps, Navigation by stars and Origins;
  • Development of the strategy for valorising the natural and cultural heritage through its restoration (where applicable) and promotion;
  • Setting-up of a center of excellence that will offer a common image of the region Constanta-Dobrich in order to attract tourists;
  • Organization of communication events.

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

Programme outputs:

- 3 integrated tourism products/services created;

- 1 common strategy, policy or management plan 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 47.000.

Project status

The project is currently under implementation, with the following results:

The procurement of the 4K Hybrid Planetarium was finalized and the contract was signed on 09.08.2021. The equipment was delivered to the LB on 09.02.2022, installed, tested and the beneficiary staff was trained.

Kick-off press conference was organized in Constanta on 23.06.2021 with 38 participants.

In regard to implementation of the work package T1. Creation of tourism products, the 15 outdoor observations were held by the project partnership and 180 astronomy lessons were organized by the project beneficiaries. The mobile telescope package, the tents, sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses, purchased within the project were used for outdoor astronomy observations. All the lessons were recorded and uploaded on the project website, in section Courses. Workshop for the launching of the touristic product “Astronomy camps” was organized in Constanta on 23.06.2021 with 32 participants.

In addition, B3 – Naval Academy “Mircea cel Batran” organized the first offshore sail in the Black Sea on 10.10.2019 within the second touristic product, Navigation by stars and three offshore sails with yola-type sailing boats on 02.08.2021, 03.08.2021, 04.08.2021. Workshop for the launching of the touristic product “Navigation by stars” was organized in Constanta on 02.08.2021 with 52 participants.

Open Days activities were organized by “Mircea cel Batran” Naval Academy in the periods 05-06.08.2021 with participation of 46 persons and 27.09-01.10.2021 with participation of 226 persons.The 7-days camp was organized in May 2022, in the period 16-22.05.2022 with participation of at least 25 persons.

In regard to the third tourist product “Origins”, workshop for launching the touristic product was organized by B2 – History Museum Kavarna on 12.05.2022 in Kavarna. B2 created the 3D film and uploaded it on the purchased VR glasses.

B4 - "Mircea cel Batran" National College signed a contract for acquisition of the package with equipment for Astronomy camp. The equipment (telescopes with the related accessories) was delivered.

In regard to implementation of the work package T2. Joint strategy for valorising the natural and cultural heritage, B2 signed contract for developing of Joint strategy for valorising of natural and cultural heritage. The Bulgarian part of the strategy was elaborated. The text of the strategy was translated in English and uploaded in e-MS. The Romanian part of the strategy was also developed being externalized by the Lead Beneficiary to an external company. The strategy release (two events for promotion of the strategy), were organized by B2 in May 2022.

In regard to implementation of the work package T3. “Center of excellence”, the Centre of Excellence was created and registered in the Register of Associations and Foundations. The documents related to registering of the association were presented by the Lead Beneficiary - Decision no. 137/07.01.2022 of Constanta Court – Civil Section, the Certificate of registration no. 32196/212/2021/23.02.2022 and the Certificate no. 10/23.02.2022 for registration of the association to the Special registry.

LB developed the project website, available at


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