CREATION OF A CULTURAL DIPOLE IN THE CROSS BORDER AREA

Acronym

CULTURAL DIPOLE
Priority axis Sustainability-Climate adaptability
Investment priorities 6c
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Serres
Partners ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI- DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE - DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING - SPECIAL ACCOUNT FOR RESEARCH FUNDS
Municipality of Petrich
Budget 1,422,936.41 €
CULTURAL DIPOLE project addresses the challenge of preserving and promoting cultural heritage through the implementation of two Museums, one in Serres and one in Petrich. Thus, the ultimate scope of the project is the creation of two cultural poles which will attract visitors from the whole cross border area and from abroad as well. The long-term vision is to create two cultural parks which will act as a Cultural Dipole of European significance.

Serres in Greece and Petrich in Bulgaria are near border, sister cities, with established relationships, having already cooperated in many previous projects. The listed building in the former military camp of PAPALOUKAS in Serres will be restored and converted to a Contemporary Art Museum which will house the modern art collection of “Constantin Xenakis” works. In Petrich, a building existing in the former military camp will be also restored and converted to a Museum of Petrich which will host valuable collections of archaeological, historical and other objects that are currently exhibited in the Historical Museum of Petrich. The renovation of the two old buildings will be implemented according to the principles of low energy consumption, sustainable development and accessibility. The Museum in Serres will be created as a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) that could be used as a good practice example for the area.

The proposed approach to be followed includes the implementation of construction works and the installation of electromechanical equipment, the design of the exhibition spaces and the placement of the exhibits. The project will end with the official opening of the Museums. During the project, several dissemination activities, including among others the organisation of promotion events in both cities, will be implemented, in order to promote the CULTURAL DIPOLE concept.

The CULTURAL DIPOLE will enhance the attractiveness and tourist identity of the two cities, Serres and Petrich, while new opportunities will be provided to the whole cross border area for further development and cooperation. The project will benefit the local populations of Serres and Petrich in economic and social terms, will benefit tourists interested in culture and will treasure significant European cultural assets.

During the project lifetime a proper marketing strategy will be developed towards creating a common tourist product and promoting the CULTURAL DIPOLE outside the cross border area. An integrated exploitation and sustainability plan is envisaged, to ensure that the CULTURAL DIPOLE outputs will be sustained after the completion of project activities. The cultural Dipole will be involved in major cultural events and will create syneries with other Museums of the broader national and international area. CULTURAL DIPOLE could be a transferable practice in other European areas, initiating thus a new era in the preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage for tourist purposes.  

Visit the project's website for more information: http://culturaldipole.eu/

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