About this good practice
This practice is implemented by the Association ”Baia Domnilor”,with the aim to support materially and morally the Bucium community severely affected by the closing of mining activity in the early 2000 but especially the people that used to work in hard conditions, underground, and to encourage and learn talented young people coming from this areas to perpetuate the traditions and preserve the cultural & industrial heritage. In Bucium area, mining has been practiced since ancient times, being one of the main occupation. After 2000, the mining industry declined. To support the social & economic development in this remote area, the local community has been involved in the following activities: organisation of thematic fairs, poetry clubs, collecting of range of customs, technologies used in gold mining, clothing and other ornaments; annual meetings with the people who left the area; evocation of outstanding personalities from Bucium; launching of books; organization of folk performances with dances and folk songs; collection of objects to be exhibited within the museum.With the support and involvement of the local community: 3 mine galleries have been conserved and refurbished near the market in Bucium Poieni, each with the specifics of the period in which ore was mined; a Web page & a Facebook page of the association have been created; two graphic designs of the future cultural center, which include the Buciumani Museum, a festivities hall and a guesthouse have been realised.
In terms of HR 10 persons are involved in the implementation of this practice. In terms of financial resources 500,000.00 Ron was allocated for the implementation of this project.
Evidence of success
Until now, this initiative turned to be very successful: 12 meetings have been organised with the people who left the area; seven book launches; six evocation of outstanding personalities from Bucium; organization of four folk performances with dances and folk songs; three mine galleries conserved and refurbished near the market in Bucium Poieni. The Buciuman’s museum was opened in 2017.
The number of arrivals in Bucium increased between 2017 and 2019 (before COVID-19) by more than 15%.
Potential for learning or transfer
This practice is a very good example of how to support the socio-economic and cultural development of a small community, by valorizing the touristic potential and by involving the most relevant actors: the people and the public authority.
Small actions like the ones realised within this practice can help a community to grow, develop, promote and preserve traditions, artistic and cultural elements, attract tourists and contribute to the socio-economic development of an area.
Applicable in other EU regions, in small communities where the touristic potential is unexploited.