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Tutrakan – Calarasi an Innovative Cultural Bridge for Sustainable Regional Development

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the existing cultural potential which is undervalued and underutilized in order to strengthen the economy and increase the number of tourist visits and overnights by developing modern cultural attractions.

What’s the budget?

474,841.50 euro, out of which 403,615.26 euro, ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 73,740 euro for LB and 45,537 euro for B2

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Historical Museum Tutrakan

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Lower Danube Museum Calarasi

When is it happening?

Start date: 28.11.2018

End date: 27.04.2022

Duration: 41 months*

*In accordance with MA decision no.38411 from 15.03.2019, the implementation period of the project was suspended for 5 months, starting with 11.02.2019. Further on, through three Addenda to the Subsidy contract, the project implementation period was extended, as follows: Addendum no.2/20.03.2020 with 8 months (until 27.06.2021), through Addendum no.3/03.06.2021 with 7 months (until 27.01.2022) and last extension of the project implementation period was through Addendum no.4/14.01.2022 with 3 months.

Where is it happening?

Silistra (Bulgaria)

Calarasi (Romania)

How is it going to happen?

  • Development of information and VR exhibition spot Tutrakan Epic;
  • Improvement of tourist environment and VR exhibition spot – Calarasi;
  • Development of a Tourist strategy;
  • Creation of two integrated tourist products;
  • Creation of tourist information portal;
  • Publishing of catalogues and brochures related to the cultural sites and events.

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 attractions with 15,000; 2 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 15,000.

Project status

The project implementation was finalized on 27.04.2022. During the project implementation, the following main activities and results were reazlized:

Two workshops were organized for children by B2 - Lower Danube Museum Calarasi – on the 19th and 30th of July 2021 with 26 participants and between the 9th and 10th of December 2021.

The exhibition, "On a River Distance" has been presented during July 2021 in Calarasi, reaching 38 participants.

B2 carried out the simplified procedure for the supply of software with VR content and specialized equipment for the project "Heritage of Gumelnița Civilization viewed from a 3D and 2D perspective". Within the frame of this contract, the Museum was supplied with specilaized VR equipment, thus contributing to the attractiveness of the Museum for additional visitors.

The joint strategy, ”Tourist strategy and at least 3 tourist packages targeted at different target groups, divided by age, interest and social position” was elaborated and is available at

Following the supplied VR equipment within the Historical Museum Tutrakan, the 2nd exhibition “Interbellum Urban Life” have been presented during July 2021 in Tutrakan.

The 2 tourism products developed within the project are represented by the both VR systems equipped at the premises of the both project beneficiaries within the museums in Tutrakan and Calarasi.

The 360 VR movie/production has been developed and accepted by the Beneficiaries, the trailer of the production is available on web portal, while the full footage will be presented with special equipment purchased within the project at the two museums.

The web portal is updated with information related to the project and is available at: .


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