Interreg IPA “Greece-Albania 2014-2020”
Ephorate of Antiquities of Corfu
Fostering Creativity and Connecting Cultural Assets through Monuments.
In order to achieve its objective the project RyTHM aims at creating:
• Upgraded, specially modified, rehabilitated & enhanced cultural spaces in Corfu(Greece) and Finiq(Albania) so that they can host visitors for cultural initiatives and events of contemporary culture
• A Cultural Ideas Incubator enhanced by the establishment of a Local Support Group. The incubator will act as a hub for the production &organization of cross-border cultural initiatives with a long lasting effect and provide training opportunities to young artists.
• Joint cultural initiatives such as performances & visual arts events that are going to bring to the spotlight the newly enhanced spaces in both countries and raise the cultural and touristic profile of the project area.
The aforementioned activities will benefit local communities by increasing the number of visitors and by providing entrepreneurship opportunities. They will also benefit visitors seeking a unique cultural experience in the cross-border area Tourist businesses will have the chance to expand their existing services and proposed new cultural destinations. Young people will be given new opportunities to showcase their talent and express their creativity. Local authorities will gain in capacity with their participation in the commonly developed management of cultural resources in the cross-border area. The novelty of the project lies in the introduction of “unexpected” collaborations between practitioners of cultural preservation and agents of cultural innovation jointly developing efficient solutions for the improvement of cultural experiences. The cross-border approach is best suited as a means to deal with common challenges regarding cultural resources and the exchange of specialized know-how and best practice to benefitcultural stakeholders and civil society. The added value for the programme area is the introduction of integrated and coherent actions that lead to smart valorization of the two areas’ cultural assets.