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Cultural Bridge (ROBG-271)

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?

475,700.38 euro, out of which 404,700.38 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: 27.01.2022

Duration: 38 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 is currently in the 26th month of implementation out of 38th months (the total of 38th of months includes also the 5 months suspension period):

The major part of the project activities are in the final stage of their implementation.

The strategy developed for the Bulgarian part is completed. The Romanian part, on behalf of B2, regarding the joint strategy and the tourist packages is also completed, but not consolidated yet. According to the statement of the legal representative of the LB, the joint strategy may be ready in period end of July, beginning of August 2021, together with the envisaged joint tourist packages.

The exhibitions are prepared, but not implemented due to COVID-19 restriction measures. The exhibitions will take place on 28.07.2021 and 30.07.2021, according to the statement of the legal representative of the LB.

The 2 children workshops were held in period 19-30 July, 2021.

The VR equipment for LB was delivered. Currently, the 360 VR movie/production is under development and the trailer for the VR Production was received and is available on the web portal. On behalf of B2 is still has not selected contractor for preparation of the VR exposition. The public procurement is launched on 26.07.2021.

Both partners purchased almost all the equipment foreseen in the application.  LB must purchase 3 cameras for protecting the information site. The 3 cameras for video monitoring is preconize to be purchased in August 2021.

At the communication level, the LP has completed the start-up conference, organized on 29.07.2021.

The web portal https://cbsrd.tutrakan.tours/ is updated.

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