Maramures, Romania is the beautiful region that will host the AER Summer Academy from 6 to 10 August 2018. It is a unique region, typified by picturesque countryside, small villages, rolling hills, pastures, and meadows full of wildflowers . This is where culture and traditions have been carefully preserved.
This year’s AER Summer Academy in Maramures themed “Cultural Heritage for Regional Attractiveness” coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This is the perfect match for the Maramures region, an outstanding example of how cultivating heritage enriches the lives of citizens and stimulates tourism.
One workshop, two successful case-studies
The AER will hold a workshop in the Butchers’ Bastion, one of the oldest buildings (15th century) in the city of Baia Mare (county residence city). The ‘Restoration of Butchers’ Bastion’ project, funded by EEA Grants and developed together with Norwegian partners, saw the restoration of all structures that has been in an advanced state of dereliction.
What stands out about the ‘Restoration of Butchers’ Bastion’ project is that it is aimed not only at restoring the Butchers’ Bastion, but also at revitalising it by creating a multi-functional area that will contribute to integrating the monument into the cultural and touristic circuit of the city. There is now a multi-media room, an exhibition area, a workshop area, a small amphitheater for visitors and a tourist information office. Many cultural and educational activities, run by the County Museum of History and Archeology, have taken place in Butchers’ Bastion since the reopening.
The workshop will also look at another project: ‘The Circuit of Wooden Churches’. This ambitious project has added enormous value to sixteen wooden churches, out of which seven are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The project involves different areas and sites and has contributed to developing the access to the monuments by rehabilitated roads, fences, parking spaces, and, on top of this, has created architectural lighting systems and sixteen tourism information centers, built solely out of wood, respecting the traditional architecture and design, of the region of Maramures.
Revealing the heritage legacy of Maramures
Participants will have the opportunity to be part of an interactive workshop that will allow them to discover the cultural heritage of Maramures.
The workshop is divided into four parts:
- Visit and presentation of Butchers’ Bastion project;
- Discussion with project staff;
- Knowledge sharing about cultural and educational activities that can be organised in a restored monument;
- Wrap-up session, a documentary film, The Circuit of Wooden Churches’ of Maramures, will be projected followed by a final discussion about the value of cultural heritage.
Participants will gain hands-on experience and will learn about how a monument becomes the historical legacy of a county and how a restored monument can benefit locals and tourists.
Following this, the participants will have the chance to visit some of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites’ wooden churches in Maramures.
If you want to participate in this workshop (and in many others!) just check out the Summer Academy practical information and then fill in the registration form available at the AER event page for the 2018 Summer Academy in Maramures (RO).
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