Within the activities of the EU-funded project CHOICE, Ihor Savcha from the Centre for Cultural Management visited the activists of the “Literary and Country Study Routes Countrymen” project, implemented in Poltava region (Ukraine). The short interview with Natalya Kiryachok (Trikach), Inna Didyk (Snarska), Iryna Orlova, Anna Kiyashchenko and Andriy Karpenko, highlights the multiplying power of their project, linking tourism, cultural heritage, and participation.

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What kind of activities have you implemented by now?

We have developed and tested 3 thematic routes for tourists around the cultural heritage of Poltava region. The routes have been promoted via a local TV channel. Special video clips and promotional films have been produced to promote the tours on a continuous basis.
Theatre performances have been produced to promote local cultural heritage and tours around them. Performances will be staged by local theatres, and scripts will be also distributed among other theatres in Ukraine to attract tourists from other regions.

How many citizens have you involved?

We have actively engaged around 70 local stakeholders into the project activists: museum workers, local authorities, educational institutions, local inhabitants of the towns.
Around 100 persons have participated in the activities implemented within 7 months of the project.

What is your main achievement?

The main achievement is that we have gained a multiplying effect by the project – local communities became very supportive for the project, and they have also started also to initiate their own activities.
The same can be said about the authorities, who have become inspired by the grassroots initiatives launched through the project. Some new and additional activities in support of the project have been financed from the local budget.
The biggest success, maybe, is that there is an increase of local people who have learned more about the heritage possessed by their communities and they become more supportive and engaged.

Useful resources:
Project “CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement” webpage

Within the activities of the EU-funded project CHOICE, Ihor Savcha from the Centre for Cultural Management visited the activists of the “Literary and Country Study Routes Countrymen” project, implemented in Poltava region (Ukraine). The short interview with Natalya Kiryachok (Trikach), Inna Didyk (Snarska), Iryna Orlova, Anna Kiyashchenko and Andriy Karpenko, highlights the multiplying power of their project, linking tourism, cultural heritage, and participation.

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What kind of activities have you implemented by now?

We have developed and tested 3 thematic routes for tourists around the cultural heritage of Poltava region. The routes have been promoted via a local TV channel. Special video clips and promotional films have been produced to promote the tours on a continuous basis.
Theatre performances have been produced to promote local cultural heritage and tours around them. Performances will be staged by local theatres, and scripts will be also distributed among other theatres in Ukraine to attract tourists from other regions.

How many citizens have you involved?

We have actively engaged around 70 local stakeholders into the project activists: museum workers, local authorities, educational institutions, local inhabitants of the towns.
Around 100 persons have participated in the activities implemented within 7 months of the project.

What is your main achievement?

The main achievement is that we have gained a multiplying effect by the project – local communities became very supportive for the project, and they have also started also to initiate their own activities.
The same can be said about the authorities, who have become inspired by the grassroots initiatives launched through the project. Some new and additional activities in support of the project have been financed from the local budget.
The biggest success, maybe, is that there is an increase of local people who have learned more about the heritage possessed by their communities and they become more supportive and engaged.

Useful resources:
Project “CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement” webpage