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Cultural Heritage as a potent driver for community action

2. June 2020.

More than 130 participants from Western Balkans and European Union as well as the international participants gathered virtually on 28th of May to be a part of the Final International Event “Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military or public buildings”. The event was organized within the project CLINK – Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe by the project leader Local Democracy Agency Mostar.

Attendees had the opportunity to listen to the respected experts in the field of cultural heritage, coming from the public and educational institutions as well as from organizations dealing with this topic.

The event successfully brought together cultural actors from partner countries and opened a dialogue on innovative practices aimed at raising awareness on cultural heritage of the general public, in particular with young people. It was as an excellent opportunity for local actors and international participants to enrich their knowledge and share their experience in the field of cultural heritage preservation and awareness.

Vlatko Čakširan, principal of Sisak history Museum  presented long-term work of the museum in the Sisak area and the long-term project of the Dutch House. The participants were explained the problem of not taking care of the industrial heritage of the city of Sisak and explained that investments and new projects related to the change to determine a certain time, they can create very useful facilities for the city of Sisak in tourism, economic and cultural terms.

The event was concluded with a common statement coming from the project participants acknowledging that the cultural heritage is a potent driver for community action. Therefore the heritage sites and buildings can have a very positive influence on many aspects of the way a community develops. Regeneration, housing, education, economic growth and community engagement are examples of the ways in which heritage can make a very positive contribution to community life.

They have also come up with a few guidelines that we all need to follow in order to preserve our cultural heritage:

– We need to be responsible and accept the fact that all of our daily decisions can have some impact
– We must be able to take responsibility for our decisions and use our knowledge to bring about change
 – We have to act.

This international event is the final activity of project CLINK – Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe aiming to raise awareness on connections of the collective cultural heritage in the tapestry of Europe’s rich and diverse culture. The project is implemented by 10 partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, supported through the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.


Amra Sarancic Logo, moderator

Dzenana Dedic, project manager

Vlatko Caksiran, panellist

Ana Martinovic, panellist

Roberto Zancan, panellist

Maja Plicanic, panellist

Senada Demirovic-Habibija, panellist

  1. Recommendations  from the First International Event – Normandy, France, 2019
  2. Pop-Up Galleries Overview
  3. Collection of best practices from the Second International Event – Knjazevac, Serbia, 2019
  4. Community Forums  Overview
  5. Statement – Final International Event, Online (organized by LDA Mostar), 2020

Check out the event recording on the following LINK.