STAGE FOR CROSS BORDER CULTURE

Acronym

CULSTAGE
Project Number – MIS 5050519
Priority axis 2 - A Sustainable and Climate adaptable Cross-Border area
Investment priorities 6c - Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage
Intervention fields 094. Protection, development and promotion of public cultural and heritage assets
095. Development and promotion of public cultural and heritage services
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Paggaio
Beneficiaries Cultural Center "Otets Paisiy-1919"
Scientific Society for Social Cohesion and Development
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI-SPECIAL ACCOUNT FOR RESEARCH FUNDS - DEPARTMENT OF FOESTRY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Cultural Center “Emanuil Vaskidovich - 1886”
ROZHEN MONASTERY „NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS“/ "ROZHDESTVO BOGORODICHNO"
Start Date Sep 06, 2019
End Date Sep 05, 2021
Budget 1.395.436,25 €
ERDF Contribution 1.186.120,81 €
National Contribution 209.315,44 €
The project idea was initiated by the partners, who tackle the common need of region under – to diversify the existing forms of tourism. The territory Sandanski – Paggaio is mostly famous among tourists for its natural resources (spa in Sandanski and sea in Paggaio), while it possesses a big potential to develop alternative forms of tourism.

This project presents a well-structured methodology for promoting the cultural and natural heritage and enhancing tourism in the area, using an innovative approach focused at developing of religious tourism with specific focus at religious celebrations and extensive culture exchange as a means to attract and retain visitors in the territory. 

The objective of the project is to promote the natural and cultural heritage of the area by intensifying the alternative and religious tourism. For achieving the required goad, the project offers the following set of activities:  improving of cultural infrastructure and providing stage for intensified and diversified cultural file, as an alternative form of tourism; popularization of religious sites, as a way of enhancing the religious tourism; giving life of religious celebrations as an innovative form of alternative tourism; development of web-management system for intensifying the alternative tourism and increasing the capacity in the public and private tourist operators. In implementing all activities, the project will pay specific attention to people with disabilities. 

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