The Euroland Banat Association of Reșița and the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, between April 26-30, organized a major event within the DANUrB + project. It is a series of workshops and good practice visits attended by representatives of the project partner institutions from Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
As of July 1, 2020, more than 40 state enterprises of the Danube basin stretching from the Middle Danube region to its discharge into the Black Sea – Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania – are working together in the project “DANube Urban Brand + Building regional and local resilience through Valuation of the Danube Cultural Heritage – DANURB + “, funded by the Danube Transnational Program 2014-2020. This partnership, led by the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, includes the architecture faculties of the Universities of Bratislava, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia and Timisoara, NGOs, as well as local public authorities.
According to Andrei Szabo, President of Euroland Banat, an association partnering with the project, “DANUrB + aims to revitalize the underutilized heritage and cultural resources of communities in the peripheral and border regions of the Danube, in order to create new development opportunities, which contributes to raising the level of attractiveness of cities and riparian regions. In this regard, partner institutions have implemented a series of activities and are conducting Its implementation is to identify and utilize local resources, in an effort to create a network through which public authorities or other stakeholders can collaborate in order to achieve this goal.”.
The most complex activities were organized in the western part of Romania last week, between April 26-30. The official opening of the event took place in the library of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, on April 26. This was followed by a series of working sessions for the partners, which were held in parallel, in Timisoara, in the afternoon of the same day and in the first part of the following day. “The main purpose of the working sessions was to identify mechanisms for strengthening cooperation in the field of valorization of local resources of the Danube. Among other things, topics related to increasing the degree of cooperation between local actors representing this region were taken up and steps were taken to finalize products in the form of an atlas A platform for mapping the representative attractions of the Danube section. On the horizon “Andrei Szabo explains.
Following these workshops in Timisoara, the DANUrB+ project partners traveled to the Danube Strait Communities for a visit to document some examples of good practice in the communities in Karaj Severin and Mahdini counties.
On the afternoon of April 27, at the premises of the Technological High School “Clisura Dunării” in Moldova Nu, a meeting was held with teachers and their students, who were engaged in activities to identify common local values in the cross-border area of the Danube region, and on April 28 visits were devoted to local producers and artisans In Svenica, Ebenthal and Dubova Bay, which in recent years has emerged as a relevant tourist destination in the region. On Friday, April 29, the partners visited the Museum of Iron Gates I Hydropower Station and the Drobeta Turnu Severin Water Tower, where they met with a number of representatives of local authorities who presented their projects and future plans aimed at benefiting tourism in the region. local potential. In the afternoon of the same day, he had the opportunity to return to Banat, amidst the Bim community of Saint Helena. “I visited the Carpenters of Saint Helena and discovered the BIM community, which, in recent years, has become more open to agri-tourism, and is a preferred destination for more Czech tourists. A visit to the local school and discussion with the Czech teacher-trainee was another unique moment in the visit”says the head of Euroland Girls.
The last day, Saturday, 30 April, has been reserved for the Legacy of the Banat Railway, with a dedicated case study of the site and the Pazaya-Oravica-Anina Railway. The visit began with a trip to Semmeringul Banat, continued with a visit to the local museum in the Old Town Hall of Anina and with a unique exhibition within the station with works by architecture students with the aim of promoting culture, industrial and natural. Heritage of the region – railway, cultural and tourist reconnection of the Danube strait (Sokol-Pazaya, Borelli de Fier Natural Park) with the heart of Banat Mountain (Anina, Rikita, Valya Almogoloi, Seminyak-Chile Karaului and Chile Neri-Beușnița National Parks).
Girls’ tour ended with a visit to Risetta, to the Concrete School – by Istvan Medgiasze, born Benko, a famous Slovak-Hungarian architect and builder from the early part of the 20th century; At the Pittner School – a building made of natural materials that has a special story, the story of the Pittner family and at the Museum of Steam Locomotives in Resita, the motto of Banat and this multicultural space.