1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Association for Development and Promotion of Podkarpacie "Pro Carpathia" (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Association of self-governments "Euroregion Carpathians - Ukraine" (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Wallachian shepherding culture is an example of an identity that has been connecting the inhabitants of the Carpathians throughout the centuries. It can be traced in similar words, grazing method, cheese production techniques, authentic rituals, music, and handicraft. However, all this richness is likely to disappear as traditional shepherding is replaced with modern farming methods.
The solution is the WALLACHIAN project creating the Wallachian Culture Trail on the Polish-Ukrainian borderland. The activities will begin with the inventory of the places, materials, and information related to different aspects of pastoral culture. Then, the cross-border trail will be marked and infrastructural elements installed. The routes will start at symbolic Carpathian Gates on both sides of the border (in Bystre and Kolochava) and go through the most interesting places of pastoral culture in Podkarpackie Voidoveship and Zakarpattya, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv Oblasts, showing the directions of pastoral migration. To promote the folklore and Wallachian heritage on the Polish and Ukrainian side, two films will be created. The films will include key activities related to sheep farming based on archaic forms characteristic for the Wallachain culture. The other will include Carpathian University - workshops on the manufacturing of pastoral instruments and Carpathian pastoral products workshops as a cheese-making workshop and regional ornamentation workshop. The publications on Wallachian heritage will present this culture to the public.
Grounded in Wallachian heritage the Trail will contribute to the protection of common Polish-Ukrainian history and culture. The partnership of the organisations on both sides of the border will strengthen the potential of the borderland based on sustainable use of natural and cultural resources by its inhabitants and local communities. The visitors travelling to this area will be enriched with new experiences discovering something authentic and unique.
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