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Harsova-Dobrichka, Together on the Beautiful Road of Sustainable Development through Cross Border Culture

What’s the goal?

The project aim is to animate and revitalize the cross border area by stimulating tourism and at the same time to contribute to preserving the cultural heritage of a historical region in which two nations coexist (Romania and Bulgaria).

What’s the budget?

1 410 770.00 euro, out of which 1 199 154.49 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Administrative Territorial Unit Harsova town

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Municipality of Dobrichka

When is it happening?

Start date: 12.09.2018

End date: 11.09.2022

Duration: 48 months

Where is it happening?

Constanta (Romania)

Dobrich (Bulgaria)

How is it going to happen?

  • Development of a joint strategy for valorization of the cultural heritage
  • Organization of the cross border festival: “Dobrogea cu bundita si prestelca”
  • Organization of a training in the field of cultural tourism
  • Promoting and ensuring the visibility of the Folk Festival “Songs and Dances from Sunny Dobrudja”
  • Modernization of the House of Culture Harsova through endowments specific to cultural activities
  • Modernization and endowment of Community Center "New life 1941" in Cherna and Community Center "Light - 1940" in Lovchantsi 

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

Programme outputs: 1 common strategy for valorizing the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses; 1 integrated tourism products created

Programme results: 46,676 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is finalized.

Lead Beneficiary - Territorial Administrative Unit Harsova has finalized the modernization of House of Culture from 24.06.2022.

The Beneficiary 2 has finished the implementation of the works activities for Modernisation and endowment of Community center "New life 1941" Cherna and Community Center "Light - 1940" Lovchantsi, the works being completed from 04.11.2019 and 13.02.2020.

Both beneficiaries completed the development of the common strategy for capitalizing on cultural heritage and uploaded it on the project website (, as well as on the official pages of the beneficiaries. The joint strategy for the valorization of the cultural and natural heritage by restoring and promoting it for sustainable economic uses was approved by the local councils of the beneficiaries.

As part of the project, a joint tourism project was developed that involves the organization of two cross-border festivals. BL organized the event "Dobrogea with Bundița and Prestelca" between 07.08.2022 and 07.10.2022, where approximately 3,000 Romanian and Bulgarian people participated. B2 organized the event "Songs and dances from sunny Dobrogea" between 24.06.2021 - 26.06.2021, where approximately 300 Romanians participated. The events promoted traditions and customs determined by major life events or the seasons and holiday cycle, and also featured some interactive cooking demonstrations on traditional foods, how to prepare them, and special ingredients.


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