After 3 years, the NewPilgrimAge project came to its end. After a very successful online closing ceremony held by Szombathely, we are almost finished. It was a very nice journey and all of the partners, and the people as well who worked on this project gained lots of new knowledge and memories.
Saint Martin, the symbol of sharing, is one of the most popular saints in central Europe with thousands of monuments and intangible heritage (folk traditions, legends) keeping his memory alive. Partner cities of the NewPilgrimAge project are located along the European Cultural Route of Via Sancti Martini. They join forces to revive this cultural heritage and promote the common European values of solidarity and hospitality linked to St Martin. Cities and cultural organisations from five countries will mobilise their citizens, most of all young people and small enterprises, to propose and jointly develop new creative initiatives valorising the untapped heritage potentials.
Such activities will include voluntary services in cultural heritage preservation and cultural tourism, digitilisation, ‘reuse’ heritage through creative and cultural industry. The project will develop and pilot IT applications to promote the heritage-driven cultural products and services, thus also reaching out to younger generations of our digital age. The novel solutions will be available in a ‘Community-sourced CH Valorisation Model’, replicable in any city with similar profile or ambitions. Partners, together with local stakeholders will develop local roadmaps to define the next strategic steps on the way to sustainable management schemes, also empowering local communities.
In the last 3 years we wrote many stories, summaries and information about the activities, thoughts and experiences during the NewPilgrimAge project.
Two pilot actions have been implemented in Dugo Selo: Virtual exhibition around St. Martin’s church on the Martin Hill and QR code quiz “The Life of St.Martin on Earth”. The virtual exhibition is a downloadable application featuring the 3D version of the Church of St. Martin at the Martin Hill through a virtual tour, interactive map and info points. The QR code quiz is a game containing the set of St. Martin-related questions. The two actions supposed to serve primarily for education purposes, but is also good for entertainment and tourism development.
Unpli Veneto aimed at empowering regional actors in the valorisation of St. Martin's tangible and intangible heritage. For that reason they developed and tested a web portal (www.sanmartinoinveneto.it) and the “Talking Map of Saint Martin in Veneto" to narrate St. Martin related heritage of the Veneto region in modern ways.
The main aim in Szombathely was to present the tangible and intangible elements of the Saint Martin's cultural heritage with innovative tools using the latest technological solutions. They developed an application which is an info-communicational tool that presents Saint Martin’s tangible and intangible heritage in a way that helps understanding, increases local identity, while at the same time motivates users to physically visit the tangible objects.
Maribor has made a mobile application named MariborTour, which is an interactive presentation of St. Martin’s Cultural Route in the area of the Municipality of Maribor showing the points of sights on the way. They also establised 2 information points along the way.
The Municipality of Albenga in strict cooperation with the local community developed various things. They created the concept of XXI. Century Pilgrim and promoted the Via Sancti Martini and St. Martins' spiritual legacy in schools. They also made ICT-based personalised visits of the city through QR codes, the multimedia centre of the Gallinaria island and Saint Martin plus the 'Scopri Albenga’ website for touristic and cultural informations.
“I hope the project NPA will be successfully carried out. I also wish that the rose will follow into St. Martin’s footsteps and spread to as many places as St. Martin visited”, says Josip Rogin, the hybridizer of the rose Cappa Sancti Martini dedicated to the town of Dugo Selo and its patron St. Martin.
"Working in the field of culture I began to elaborate on Martin: I organised smaller events, compiled brochures, marked the first possible pilgrim routes and found out the name Via Sancti Martini". Interview with Róbert Orbán, Chairman of Via Sancti Martini.
Dugo Selo is part of St. Martin's way, and the link is precisely its action through sharing, solidarity help. In the NPA project, where the City is one of its partners, the Red Cross has included its own Self-service shopping cart project”. Interview with Gordana Kocaj, director of the Red Cross Society of the Dugo Selo.
Involvement of the citizens is one of the key factor to the success.
MUNICIPALITY OF SZOMBATHELY (Hungary)
Being the city where St. Martin was born in 316 AD, the community of Szombathely is proud of its heritage and take each and every opportunity to improve the management of its legacy. As Lead Partner of the project, the Municipality of Szombathely strives to lead fruitful cooperation with NPA partners in establishing a long-lasting relationship in the St. Martin cultural route management as well as secure the St. Martin heritage on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.
Municipality of Maribor (Slovenia)
the Municipality of Maribor aims to revitalize the cultural heritage related to St. Martin, and wishes that locals live in harmony with his values such as solidarity and hospitality. Maribor is known to have the oldest vine in the world, which still grows in front of the Old Vine House. Maribor aims not only transferring the knowledge and experience gained through this project, but also to deepen cooperation by sharing their pride, the scions of the vine with all NPA sites.
Municipality of Albenga (Italy)
Albenga is a coastal city of 25,000 inhabitants in North-West Italy. Amongst others, it is famous for its natural reserve, Gallinaria Island, where St. Martin has lived, which is why the preservation of its legacy is a key point in the town’s cultural profile.
Municipality of Dugo Selo (Croatia)
The town of Dugo Selo is proud to be Partner of NewPilgrimAge project, as Saint Martin is patron of the town and parish church.The aim of Dugo Selo is to increase visibility of Saint Martin's heritage on local, regional, national and international level. Through the this project Dugo Selo will promote Saint Martin's heritage and make some pilot actions with new ideas obtained from local community. The great challenge for Dugo Selo is to promote and develop Saint Martin's values as sharing, hospitality and solidarity.
Regional Committee of Veneto (Italy)
UNPLI is the Italian network of almost 500 Pro Loco associations. Many Italian towns and small cities have a Pro Loco, a civic membership association of volunteers that works with schools, local businesses and institutions in order to project ways to enhance the town and provide assistance to visitors.
Research Center of Slovenian Academy (Slovenia)
the main role of ZRC SAZU team in the NewPilgrimAge project
is to raise awareness among partners and their cultural drivers on how to research,
interpret, valorise, safeguard and sustainably utilise heritage connected with the cult of St.
Martin and related activities. Researchers help partners in their Challenges in working with local communities and present them how to use heritage practices for sustainable development. researchers also analyse some partners’ and other case studies to find out possible ways of using heritage in the field of the cultural creative industry, new communication technologies, ways of involving the youths and SMEs in heritage practices, etc.
Mindspace is a non-profit organization based in Budapest, focusing on urbanism, culture-based neighbourhood revitalization and event organization. Joined NewPilgrimAge project as a communication partner and knowledge provider. Mindspace aims to help partners by sharing its experiences and inspirations in the field of community engagement and awareness-raising.
7 partners from 4 countries along the European Cultural Route of Via Sancti Martini. + 2 knowledge provider partners.
1 june 2017
31 may 2020