The Hidden Maestros of Our Ravines and Plateaus

At the end of the "Common-Good" project, which focused on preserving and promoting local cultural heritage, we reflect on the achievements we have accomplished together with project partners from Portugal and Romania in the past year. By connecting individuals and heritage, we have created a network of people who preserve the wealth of our shared past.

The "Common Good" Project in Numbers

Within a year, the "Common-Good" project has reached over 75 individuals and associations involved in the preservation of local cultural heritage over the course of a year. An equal number of videos have been recorded, presenting their stories. Traditional knowledge has been showcased through 37 workshops held across three European rural areas, attended by over 420 individuals.

Spindles at the workshop for spinning sheep wool with Sonja Mlakar.

Mapping Heritage

You can view the results of the census of individuals preserving local cultural heritage on the project website under the "Maps" tab. For each area, the municipalities of Idrija and Cerkno, Portuguese Cinfães, and Târgu Frumos in Romania, we have created an online map showcasing individuals who preserve traditional crafts, recipes, customs, and heritage sites. Descriptions are provided in the local language and in English, accompanied by additional videos and images.

The maps we have created represent only a fraction of the richness of these areas; they feature a selection of representatives with whom we have collaborated and who have become part of our community. On the maps, you will find both well-established and lesser-known actors. We will continue to add their stories in the future.

Model of an ore-carrying cart, crafted by a retired miner David Ogrič.

Differences Found in the Details

Through mapping, we have discovered that all three areas feature similar crafts such as weaving, basketry, or woodworking. However, unique patterns in woven products, methods of material preparation, or typical spices in dishes are the elements that make the products unique and specific to each area. Local knowledge shared by the creators and their stories can be viewed in the videos.

Socializing with the Idrija Lace Makers Association.

Preserving Knowledge

The project teaches us that the countryside is rich in knowledge and skills, which the local residents not only preserve but also happily pass on. Through crafts and gastronomy, rural areas can be experienced in a different way. Project partners got acquainted with the art of Idrija lace-making at the Idrija Lace School, prepared walnut štruklji at the Šturmajce homestead, and visited the Crafts Center in Škofja Loka during their visit to Slovenia in February.

In the ID20 office in Inzaghi, we met with the co-creators of the project, discussed the needs, and their vision for heritage preservation. We also prepared a presentation brochure, which will serve as a guide for future projects and meetings.

The co-creators of the "Common-Good" project at the final meeting in Idrija.

During the project, we gathered ideas, advice, and prepared for further steps, including the FormaRural project. The project will offer entrepreneurial training for those involved in local cultural heritage (crafts, gastronomy, art, etc.). More details will be available in the coming months!

Financirano s strani Evropske unije. Izražena stališča in mnenja so zgolj stališča in mnenja avtorja(-ev) in ni nujno, da odražajo stališča in mnenja Evropske unije ali Evropske izvajalske agencije za izobraževanje in kulturo (EACEA). Zanje ne moreta biti odgovorna niti Evropska unija niti EACEA.