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ROBG 511


Tradition and Dance – Bridge over the Danube


What’s the goal?

Tourism and cultural heritage will be addressed within the project through developing traditions existed in Contesti and Tsarevets (traditional dance) and also identifying new traditions that define the 2 areas.


What’s the budget?

1.499.556,90 euro, out of which 1.274.623,36 euro ERDF;

Target at the half of the implementation period: 100.000 euro for LB and 260.947 euro for B2;

Both beneficiaries avoided the decommitment of their budget.


Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB):CONTESTI VILLAGE;

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Tsarevets City Hall, Svishtov Municipality;


When is it happening?

Start date: 24.08.2018;

End date: 30.04.2022;

Duration: 44 months and 7 days;


Where is it happening?

Velikovo Tarnovo;



How is it going to happen?                      

•        Elaboration of the Study "Exploring other common traditions ";

•        Organization of workshops for identifying joint tourism products;

•        Organization of dance festivals;

•        Creation of the Centre ”Dance School” Contesti;

•        Creation of the Centre for Culture and Education in Tsarevets;

•        Organization of information and publicity activities;


\What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: Increase in expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction with 1.800;

6c.1 - Number of integrated tourism products/services created – 4 number;

Programme results: Increase of the number of overnights in the CBC area with 1.800;

Project status

The following progress have been reported so far:

The main reported actions achieved from the project beneficiaries:

Regarding the I2 - “Creation of Centre for Culture and Education in Tsarevets” activity, B2 finalized the works on 01.07.2019 - the reconstruction and change of the use of the buildings of a former school" Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov" at the Center for Culture and Education.

Regarding the I1 - Creation of the Centre ”Dance School”Contesti LB signed on 17.07.2019 the contract for the elaboration of the technical project and works execution. The execution works were suspended for the period   06.04.2020-05.05.2021 according to the address no.246/14.05.2021. The Constructor restarted the works on 05.05.2021with a start date for works on 15.03.2021. The delays for restarting the works by constructor was caused due to the unfavourable weather conditions which could have been endanger the works execution site. In this regard, the constructor has notified the Lead Beneficiary through letter with no.334/16.11.2020. In accordance with execution schedule of Lead Beneficiary, the works execution will be finalized in April 2022.

LB signed on 28.10.2019, the contract for the technical verification of the technical Project and the contract for site supervision services.

After the finalized the execution works for the investment objectives, namely Creation of the Centre ”Dance School” Contesti and Creation of Centre for Culture and Education in Tsarevets, four festivals will be organized, named “Bridge over the Danube”, 2 for each community in the project and will be focused on promoting the link at traditional level between the 2 areas (Contesti – Tsarevets) with strong experience in traditional dance that will be developed.

The study, „Exploring other common traditions” was elaborated and will be used as a basis for the discussions of the workshops that will be organized with the local relevant actors, in order to establish the final touristic products. For establishing the touritic products, 4 workshops will be organized during the project implementation period (2 in Contesti Village and 2 in Tsarevets Village). The workshops will be organized with the help of a company specialized in event organization services, while using the location and logistics of the centers made through the project described in the WP Investment.


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