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Info day in Kramatorsk.

Publ. June 29 2016

More than two years partners from 7 countries (Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia) developed and promoted standards of heritage tourism in the Black Sea Basin.
During the project Ukrainian participant, ENPI 4 (DGO "Alliance") implemented a pilot project "GREEKS OF PRIAZOVIE. Mariupol 1778-2016. History, customs, and traditions".
As part of the final project activities, 23-24 of June 2016 in Kramatorsk (Donetsk region) "Alliance" held an information day. The presentation of results and a pilot project were presented for the community.
Representatives of civic, voluntary and educational organizations, authorities, journalists and all interested parties took part in the event.
More information about the project
The “Greeks of Priazovie: history, traditions, customs” is developed to get familiar with the most interesting facts of Priazovian Greeks’ lives as well as to recollect the episodes of the lasting history and get into the spirit of culture, traditions, everyday life and many other unknown facts about Greek settlements in Priazovie region. Greeks of Priazovie have established 21 villages and inhabited the city of Mariupol, which is called the “Greek capital of Ukraine”. However, the project embraces only the most interesting and vivid pages of the Priazovian Greeks’ history.  The route will be mapped through the most picturesque places of Priazovie. The trip will provide an insight into the sufferings, endured by Ukrainian Greeks throughout their lifetime; despite everything, they have managed to cling to their traditions and cultural peculiarities; they did not give up and were eager to revival. Mariupol and Priazovie are waiting for peaceful times to come, for them to be one of the most hospitable areas for visitors from all over the world again. For we always have a story to tell and places to show in just a two days excursion.
The trip starts from strolling around the picturesque districts of ancient Mariupol that leads us to the famous “Kate’s bridge”, the Metropolitan Ignatius Monument, museums and demonstrates Greek culture and cuisine. The next destination of our trip is Sartana township, which is the real center of Greek culture in Priazovie region. Here one can visit the National Priazovian Greeks Museum of History and Ethnography and the artistic treasure of Sartana, which is the Greek Palace of Culture n.a. Tamara Katsy. You surely will have a great time and experience magical, positive moments full of fun and joy. Also, the route is mapped through the Yalta of Priazovie, where the doors of the St. John Chrysostom Church are always opened for visitors. Tourists have an opportunity to see with their own eyes the reproduction of Greek Square in Crete Island and beachgoers may enjoy the genial sunshine, soft sands and sweet and odorous sea air. Yalta leaves no one indifferent. The next station of our trip is Urzuf village. An important role in the life of the village is played by the Archistratig Michael Orthodox Church. Today the church is the pride of Urzuf citizens, their historical value and the only church preserved and survived in Priazovie. Inside the church is decorated with more than 50 icons in Byzantine style; among those one can see the Icon of Archistratig Michael (the church was consecrated in his name), which was gifted by Saint Ignatius.

31st MAY – 2nd JUNE, 2016, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Publ. June 15 2016

The International Conference: “Caring and Sharing. The Heritage Environment as an Agent for Change” was the final event organized as part of ALECTOR project in Istanbul, Turkey on 31st May - 2nd June 2016. The forum met at one place the multilevel actors and the academic community as the first platform for an open communication tool.
The striving moto “Caring and Sharing” sampled contributions from the international academic community and shared across the target public project achieved results, methodologies and planning strategies developed, local implemented pilot applications using the international experience in the heritage sector and more particular in the conservation, protection, management and communication of heritage.
More than 120 people representing the BS partnership, local and regional actors from municipalities, business, regional development agencies, universities and science institutions, culture heritage organizations attended the three day forum to debate and discussion opportunities for better promotion, conservation and management of tourism and culture heritage.
During the two day Forum the participants had the opportunity to communicate, interact and cooperate on culture heritage conservation and protection, valuing assessments and social economic development at community level within six distinctive parallel sessions:
1: Standardization in Tourism – a new approach based of RD and ICT
2: Local Developments and International Networking through heritage products and services; Climate change and Historic environment, Natural and cultural heritage risks and hazards
3: Smart specialization and financing of local tourism development based on heritage valuing assessments
4: Teaching methods for novel professional profiles, future experts in hospitality, tourism and hospitality industries, including cultural communication and the interpretation of heritage
5: Anthropological cultural heritage, tangible and intangible heritage assets as a main identity pillar for socio economic development and community cohesion
6: Topics in natural heritage management, architectural conservation and protection of monuments and fabric


Volunteers has come to ALECTOR either as experts who generously shared their expertise with local communities and project teams working on the ground, or members of the local communities who had an interest for mutual exchanges, or local business who were looking for new business models in tourism.
Volunteers working within the project have been also awarded during the ALECTOR volunteer event for the way they have become powerful ambassadors for the project goals. They have established the connections between state, public and economy thus ensuring a broader territorial coverage. ALECTOR has built strong relationships with young volunteers because they could change the heritage philosophy in the Project area. Young people were being involved in a way that has given them a voice and a platform for their skills. Volunteer work has been important asset because the volunteers have created a bridge between the Partnership, the project staff, the local authorities and the general public.
Volunteers have established the connections between state, public and economy thus becoming powerful ambassadors for the culture heritage goals. The work of volunteers with communities has proved to be very important as over 100 volunteers have come either as experts from the local authorities and communities or local business looking forward for new business models. ALECTOR project has managed to bring them all under the same umbrella.
HERISCOUT distance e-course has been specifically designed to support selfdirected learning and has produced individuals with capacities in the field of heritage tourism, culture and promotion.
The modules have focused on heritage management, tourism planning and the interpretation of heritage. The participants have been encouraged to work together to complete their dissertations. The dissertations were in fact the Pilot Projects each ALECTOR partner has developed and promoted within the project. The Pilot projects included 10 heritage locations each, and in the end a big museum with 90 heritage places has been established.
Each one of the nine partners has been awarded for the active contribution in the pilot projects inauguration on a special ceremony on 1st of June 2016.
54 e-learners have been enrolled to the HERISCOUT distance and e-learning training course onsite cross-border trainings. The real innovation has been to establish a new approach to culture and its significance for development The multimodal tool Mediathek dealt with the training needs of partners and communities. It contains more than 6.000 available documents which correspond thematically to the 4 training modules of the HERISCOUT e-Course.
The website of ALECTOR brings the overall project outcomes to the general public enabling the readers to get involved in the culture heritage environment of the ninth pilot territories in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia. All products and deliverables are easy accessed and downloadable with a possibility for further replication of any volunteers, project writers, interested users, etc.

Assets of the pilot project of Ukraine 

"Undiscovered mystery of Greek heritage"

Publ. Sept 12 2015


1 Mariupol Museum of Local History (Mariupol city)
2 Mariupol Art Museum of Kuinji (Mariupol city)
3 The Greek cultural center "Meotida" (Mariupol city)
4 The Church of St. Ioan Zlatoust (Yalta village)
5 Monument to Metropolit Ignatius (Mariupol city)
6 Museum of History and Ethnography of the Greeks of Priazovie (Sartana village)
7 Municipal House of Culture of Tamara Katsy (Sartana village)
8 Zoo of Vashura (Sartana village)
9 Church of St. Michael Arkhistratig (Urzuf)
10 Museum of Folk Life

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