Group of European young professionals have hands-on cultural heritage experience at Residency in Romania

A group of 13 young heritage professionals from different parts of Europe travelled to Romania to partake in hands-on heritage activities and hiking, discuss heritage and sustainable tourism, and meet local stakeholders. The European Heritage Youth Residency 2024 took place from 27 June to 3 July 2024 in Transylvania. It was organised by Europa NostraTășuleasa Social and Asociația Monumentum with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

European Heritage Youth Residency 2024 in Romania

This year’s Residency was a unique opportunity for 18 to 35-year-old students, professionals and heritage stakeholders to see firsthand how heritage policies and projects around sustainable tourism have been successfully implemented.

This includes the Via Transilvanica, a 1,400 km hiking trail offering a journey through Romanian heritage, and the Ambulance for Monuments, an innovative programme to carry out emergency repairs on heritage buildings in Romania. These inspiring initiatives received the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards as well as the Public Choice Award in 2023 and 2020, respectively.

European Heritage Youth Residency 2024 in Romania

The programme included restoration and solution-building workshops led by Eugen Vaida, Executive Director for Romania at The King’s Foundation. The peer-learning methodology of the programme was designed to stimulate interaction, collaborative learning and solution-building in a cooperative and friendly expert environment.

European Heritage Youth Residency 2024 in Romania

Participants presented their own experiences of working within sustainable tourism. This included sharing successful local policies and projects, as well as their top tips, pitfalls and learnings. The participants also got useful information and ideas for improving or initiating their own local projects or ideas on how they might transfer some of the presented practices to their own localities.

 

Programme

 

Thursday, 27 June

14.30: Departure from Cluj Napoca International Airport to Roades by bus
19.30: Arrival at the Guesthouse Mesendorf
20.30: Welcome dinner at Roades Evangelical Fortified Church with Ambulance for Monuments team with local cuisine
Venue: Roades

Friday, 28 June

9.00 – 14.00: Volunteering with Ambulance for Monuments at the Roades Evangelical Fortified
Church (activities in carpentry)
14.00 – 15.00: Lunch with the volunteers of Ambulance for Monuments
16.00 – 20.00: Volunteering with Ambulance for Monuments at the Roades Evangelical Fortified
Church
20.00: Dinner with volunteers of Ambulance for Monuments
Venue: Roades

Saturday, 29 June

9.30 – 12.30: Visit of the village of Viscri and King Charles III house, the village and the church in Viscri
Moderators: Eugen Vaida, Executive Director for Romania at The King’s Foundation, and Caroline Fernolend, President Mihai Eminescu Trust
14.00 – 15.00: Lunch with volunteers of Ambulance for Monuments
Venue: Roades
16.00 – 19.30: Hike with locals on the Via Transilvanica to Beia
20.00: Dinner with the Ambulance for Monuments team
Venue: Roades

Sunday, 30 June

9.00: Departure from Guesthouse Mesendorf and Travel to Tășuleasa Social Headquarters
15.30 – 18.00: Presentation of Tășuleasa Social movies, discussion on projects
Venue: Tașu Headquarters (Tasuleasa Social, Drumul Romanilor)
18.30 – 20.00: Presentation of the King’s Road across Filefjell in Norway followed by a practical workshop on overtourism in relation to sustainability and the cultural environment
Moderator: Jan Adriansen, Specialist advisor cultural heritage and cultural environment, Sweco
Venue: Tașu Headquarters (Tasuleasa Social, Drumul Romanilor)
20.00 – 22.00: Dinner and Via Transilvanica Campfire

Monday, 1 July

9.15: Assemble at Tășuleasa Headquarters
10.00 – 11.00: Transfer by minibus to Lunca Ilvei
11.00 – 16.00: Hike from Lunca Llvei to Local Gastronomic Point, Vatra Cătunenilor (8km) for lunch
18.30 – 19.30: Presentations by the participants (10 minutes each), followed by Q&A and discussion at Tașu Headquarters
Moderator: Jasna Popovic, Secretary of ESACH and Coordinator of the Youth Activities within the European Heritage Hub project
● Martina Pirrone, INCULTUM project
● Patricia Horlacher, Storytelling as a Tool for Sustainable Heritage Destinations
● Theo Alexandridis, Go Bike
● Maelle Julou, Playful Explorations
20.30 Dinner

Tuesday, 2 July

9.30 – 16.30: Closing Session dedicated to the production of the communication outcome, Moderators: Giuseppe Simone, Jasna Popovic and Carla Barna
Venue: Tășuleasa Headquarters
16.30 – 17.30: Workshop and discussions on the impact of tourism and best practices for Via Transilvanica
Moderator: Jan Adriansen
18.30: Dinner with local cuisine
Venue: Bistrița Bargăului – Local gastronomy point on the trail by Maria Bidian

Wednesday, 3 July

8.45: Departure by bus from Tășuleasa Social Headquarters for Cluj Napoca International Airport (3-hour drive)

About the European Heritage Youth Residencies programme

The European Heritage Youth Residencies programme is organised in the framework of Europa Nostra’s Network Project European Cultural Heritage Agora “Empowering Europe’s Civil Society Movement for Heritage”, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The first edition European Heritage Youth Residency took place in Italy from 13-18 March 2023. A group of 16 young heritage professionals from different parts of Europe spent a week in Naples for a full cultural heritage immersion in a bottom-up social urban regeneration project in the district of Sanità. Find out more and watch the video

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