Welcome to E-Platform platform of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vidin and Zajecar region.

ICH E-Platform is a cross-border digital platform covering Vidin District in Bulgaria and Zaječar District in Serbia.

ICH E-Platform is a new innovative awareness tool for preservation and promotion of intangible cultural heritage of the Vidin and Zajecar region.

The ICH E-platform of Vidin and Zajecar region, will present you 100 best and most representative elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage from the both regions.



On ICH E - Platform you could find:

  • Introduction of E – Platform
  • Basic information of the regions (including tourism related information);
  • Basic information of the ICH;
  • How to use E – Platform (User Guide)
  • Interactive maps of 100 best ICH, containing short description and relate photo and video material
  • Project related information

Best and most representative 100 elements of ICH were selected in August – October 2019 through huge participatory campaign on social networks.

Campaign concept could be found here LINK

The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.


What is the difference between intangible cultural heritage and tangible cultural heritage? Objects, artefacts, buildings, places and monuments are known as tangible cultural heritage. Tangible cultural heritage has a physical presence. ... Intangible cultural heritage are the traditions and living expressions inherited from ancestors and passed on to descendants. This is known as intangible heritage.


Intangible Cultural Heritage as Tourism Resource

Intangible cultural heritage, as a factor of promoting and developing cultural and national identity, is the focus of attention of the UNESCO, UNWTO and other international organizations specializing in the protection and promotion of culture and tourism, thereby generating tourism demand. The tourist offer of project region includes intangible cultural heritage which is modestly and inadequately presented and interpreted.

Culture and Tourism have been increasingly more linked together. Interest in culture and cultural programs, including those on intangible cultural heritage, is constantly  increasing. Cultural tourism has a long tradition and the definition of it was changing over times . Now we could say that the modern cultural tourism is a very complex way of meeting the needs of individuals and groups that expect much more than just a tour of cultural and historical monuments or museums during their visit. Tourists are increasingly interested in different cultures, performing arts, crafts, rituals, gastronomy and interpretations of nature and the universe. Judging by the indicators of interest that tourists have shown in the recent years, it could be said that the time of cultural tourism, in this sense, is yet to come . World Tourism Day in 2011 was celebrated around the world under the slogan “Tourism - linking cultures” which indicates a growing awareness of the importance of cultural interaction that encourages dialogue, builds understanding and promotes tolerance. The growth of cultural tourism is also reflected in the financial performance. It is estimated that these tourists spend a third more than an average tourist, which ranks cultural tourism among top ten “hot” market segments, as the growing offer of cultural activities affects the increase of its competitiveness. Such a growing trend of interest in cultural tourism provides an opportunity for cultural heritage as a resource for development to become sustainable, bringing benefits to the local and wider community with the prerequisite for its preservation.

The project is co-funded by EU through the Interreg-IPA CBC Bulgaria–Serbia Programme.

 This website was created and maintained with the assistance of the European Union through the Interreg-IPA CBC Bulgaria-Serbia Programme, CCI No 2014TC16I5CB007.
The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Institute for Cross-border Areas and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the Managing Authority of the Programme.

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