Raising young students’ awareness of the cultural heritage in Vlora, Albania
On Wednesday, January 17th, LDA Albania held the activity "Culture is in" at the recently revitalized historical centre of Vlora. This part of the city withholds traces of history, from the architecture of the buildings to the traditional clothing preserved at the ethnographic museum.
The aim of the activity was to connect youth and cultural actors, and raise awareness towards the cultural heritage of the city by reaching out to the youngsters. Ten high schools were invited to participate at the event and, since the historical city centre has only recently been revitalized, the high school students got acquainted with sides of history that were previously unknown to them.
For instance, they were shown the ‘’Laberia Club’’, the place where independence talks were held and later signed back in the day. The speakers also presented the students with different historical objects of interest located in the neighbourhood, where Albania was declared independent. Furthermore, one of the speakers talked about the local government’s promotion strategy regarding the old city centre and cultural heritage, stressing the role that young people can play on establishing cultural programmes and strategy.
An interesting point of discussion between the Director of the Regional Youth Centre and the Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Vlora was about how open local cultural actors are to youth participation in cultural activities, what needs to be done to make cultural programmes more interesting and more accessible for young people, and how to increase the participation of the youngest in preserving and promoting local cultural heritage.
On their part, the students were enthusiastic about using social media as a key way to spread cultural information, connecting the actors, checking the locations and promoting cultural places.
In the end, talented young artists performed traditional dances with traditional local clothes and played local musical and folkloristic heritage by violin.
The visit at the Ethnographic Museum was the closing activity with regards to ‘’Culture is in’’, held as part of the CLINK project for the promotion of cultural heritage.
The main goal of the CLINK project is to raise interest in cultural heritage with direct and indirect participants, awareness of EU policies on cultural heritage and ways of its promotion, protection and sustainable use for socio-economic development of societies, as well as an enforced sense of belonging to a common European space.
The project is implemented by 10 partners from Croatia, France, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, and is supported by the program Europe for Citizens of the European Union.