Open-air museums were a main subject of the study visit in the Malopolska and Podkarpackie Regions. Partners from Slovakia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal could discover the cultural heritage of the Polish part of the Carpathian Mountains. Wooden architecture, folk craft and traditions were presented.
During the first day of the study visit partners could see open-air museums in Łosie, Szymbark and Nowy Sącz. They had a chance to meet local people, proud of their regional identity. At the end of the day a meeting with a high level policy maker, Member of the Board of the Malopolska Region, Mr. Leszek Zegzda, was organized. The CRinMA partners could discuss the problems related to the necessary balance between the promotion of the unique mountain cultural and natural heritage and the regional development, commercialization and globalization. Partners were trying to find an answer to the question, where the border between a chance for better promotion of the cultural heritage and a risk of losing something priceless is. After the fruitful discussion partners could enjoy the show of regional folk dance and singing, which is an important part of intangible heritage of the Malopolska mountain areas.
The second day was spent in the Podkarpackie Region. The first stop was a kind of surprise. The partners could discover the cultural heritage of the Stone Age and Bronze Age visiting the Carpathian Troy. That kind of heritage is of a vital importance for further cultural development in the area of Carpathians. During the second half of the day partners went to Sanok, where they visited the biggest open-air museum in Poland. They had a chance to compare how this kind of heritage is presented in Malopolska and Podkarpackie regions.
During the whole study visit, guests had an opportunity to taste local dishes, which are an essential part of cultural heritage in the mountain regions. Discussing the food (e.g. local cheese) and food-related folk traditions became important although very spontaneous part of the visit.
CRinMA 1st stydy visit
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<figcaption>Sanok Open-Air Museum
Visiting Sanok, Podkarpackie Region</figcaption>
Folk dance show in Nowy Sacz, Malopolska Region</figcaption>
<figcaption>Carpathian Troy - tower view
Visiting Carpathian Troy, Trzcinica, Podkarpackie Region</figcaption>