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Every monument has its story: a training for vloggers with Monumental 9

Did you know that every monument has its own story? A selected group of Balkan youth just found out by participating in the Monumental 9 project training that took place in Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina from February 13th to 16th, 2020.

The WWII monuments in the Balkan area, so called “Spomenik, are well known for their unreal, impressive sci-fi design and have long attracted curious, art-loving and adventurous visitors. With the significant support of the Regional Cooperation Council‘s Tourism programme, they are becoming the ambassadors of Balkan’s cultural tourism.

Together with its 7 partners from the Balkan Network for Local Democracy, LDA Montenegro developed the Monumental 9 project in order to help create preconditions for new tourism products to increase youth employment and income generating activities. 16 young persons will hence be involved in this project and research 9 monuments of WWII through innovative approaches, vlogging and greeting techniques, rising their own capacities to create new touristic offers and products.

The objective is for the participants to create interesting and attractive inputs for the Monumental 9 online platform, which will describe micro localities, peculiarities and non-mainstream stories related to the selected 9 monuments across 5 Balkan economies: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia.

This will be done by means of bare practice, visiting the monuments in three separated groups for research tours. The participants will cover areas between monuments and feed the curiosity of future travelers that will be able to benefit from the platform and its information on natural landscapes, recreation spaces, gourmet delicacies, cultural sites, local crafts culture, local way of living and more.

Let’s wish them luck on this exciting beginning!


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion of the Kosovo declaration of independence.


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