Subject:                                     FW: Newsletter No.6 -cor - ENG 







One of the activities of the REFREsh project is the presentation of the industrial heritage of all participating countries in a joint photo exhibition. Five regions from Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia will be presented with six photographs each showing their industrial, craft and working history. The photographs were collected in various ways - by announcing a competition and selecting the best of the submitted works, or by inviting one or more proven photographers to take photographs of the industrial heritage sites. The exhibition will feature a total of 30 photographs and will have a traveling character, that is, it will be presented in all regions participating in the project, and the exhibition will also feature artists from different countries, thus sharing experiences. Due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, the exact date of the exhibition is still unknown, but it is expected that the photographs will be exhibited during the summer months. 





Germany is represented by Albrecht Holländer, a young photographer who represents an old silver mine in Saxony, whose remains are protected by the UNESCO-protected cultural property.





The industrial heritage of the Hungarian Komlo is represented by the renowned photographer Balázs Juhász, who presented the old crafts and industrial heritage with the photo album "The Treasures of Baranja". The album features six photographs showing a range of trades and trades that were once an important economic activity of the local population, and today are more in the function of preserving tradition and production.





The transnational exhibition of photographs enabled local amateur photographers of Castello di Godego to express themselves artistically on the subject of old crafts, abandoned industrial landmarks and work traditions, and therefore a competition was launched which resulted with the selection of six photographs by Fabio D'Arsiè, Carlomaria Corradin and Sabrina Bortollon. The photographs capture various crafts, such as hairdressing and fishing, but also remnants of industrial heritage, such as an old sugar factory or port warehouse.





A photographic competition was conducted in Piran, to which seven authors applied, of which four photographs were selected for the exhibition, authored by Nataša Fajon, Branko Furlanič and Omar Pakalovič. The other two photographs are works of Josip Rovišal from the 1960s, which are a part of the exhibition of the Sergej Mašer Piran Maritime Museum. The photos show a social game of Mora, a way of leisure and leisure after hard work, then a woman in a traditional costume who mixes bread in the traditional way, or picking salt as it was once done in this area.





The Municipality of Lokve has been choosing photographs over an open competition called "Old crafts, arts crafts, abandoned industrial buildings and working customs" to involve a wide range of artists in the project. 33 authors with 153 photographs applied on the competition, and an expert committee selected the works of six authors - Neda Rački, Vanja Pastuhović, Tina Kovač, Dario Dorčić, Goran Grudić and Marko Buntić. The photographs show Hartera, a former paper factory in Rijeka, then the remains of a mill along the Rječina watercourse, the renovation of the former Sugar Palace and the future Rijeka City Museum, the launching ramp of the former Torpedo factory and a workshop for shipbuilders of traditional wooden boats.



Project partners in each country developed regional strategies for establishing creative actors in their region tailored to their specific development sites, creative scene and functional structures of trade, business and services for multifunctional use and generate added value. Strategies includes attractive environment, potentials for cooperation of sectors, value chains, approaches for involvement of actors, governance and improvement of spatial development. The regional strategies will be further used by the partners to develop the selected site during and after the project. Approach of integration creative scene analysed on two site specific sites can be realized

with taken in consideration pilot actions results after the project. The transnational strategy with their recommendations allows also an adaption to other sites and will be used by partners and associated Partner.


REFREsh tackles the main challenges of rural areas in CE regions. Unused industrial heritages exist which need a revitalisation and a new form of use. The main objectives of REFREsh are to reutilize industrial heritages through new forms of creative use and attract new creative actors for valorise the industrial heritage in cooperation with actors from trade and service sector.

The projects transform industrial heritages into cultural centres for creative scene as starting point for development of the industrial areas, Municipalities and regions in Central Europe.

The Project will develop benchmarking tools, regional strategies and test the new approach in five pilot actions. To reach a critical mass of creative actors and to foster transnational cooperation of the creative scene the project plans to organise exhibitions, cultural events and creative workshops.

The project is linked to specific objective 3.2 by improving capacity and valorising of old-industrial heritages and foster integration of creative scene.

By showing successful approaches for reutilization of industrial heritages for cultural purpose and integration of creative scene tested in pilot actions, the aim is to give industrial heritages a new use to useful areas which bring value to the whole rural region.

In a long term effect and by adapting the tested approaches also in other rural areas in Central Europe old industrial heritages will be reutilized and creative scene integrated rural areas. So the cultural heritage is maintained and is sustainable used.




ñ          PP1 Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH (DE)

ñ          PP2 SAXONIA (DE)

ñ          PP3 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pecs-Baranya (HU)

ñ          PP4 Local government of Koml (HU)

ñ          PP5 Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (SI)

ñ          PP6 Municipality of Piran (SI)

ñ          PP7 Venetian Cluster (IT)

ñ          PP8 Municipality of Castello di Godego (IT)

ñ          PP9 Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (HR)

ñ          PP10 Municipality of Lokve (HR)


ASSOCIATE: Stadt Freiberg, Saxonia, Germany


REFREsh  Rural Revitalisation For cultural Heritage

Duration: 1. 7. 2017 - 30. 6. 2020.

Partners: 10 partners from 5 countries

Approved budget:  2.152.612,50 euro






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