I had the pleasure of travelling throughout the entire region years back, and i’ve gotta tell you it was a few more years than i care to admit.
For those that also know the region and its people, you will have to admit that when we began creating this event back in 2007, we couldn’t have chosen a region with more diversity in culture, history and heritage, not even thinking about the diversity also in the arts and crafts of the local people, the spectacular national costumes, the music and dance, the food and almost everything else that makes this region of Europe so unique.
So, where’s the culture, history and heritage?
First you need to know what UNESCO thinks about the region, but you need to search their huge data-base.
The link lists all UNESCO heritage sites by country and you will quickly see that these countries and regions include some pretty amazing places that will draw you back to the Balkan Rendezvous year after year.
For non-English versions, go to this page and click on “The List”
In terms of information specific to the cultural heritage of the Balkan region, there seems to be a serious lack of research or promotion of its diversity.
Our Committee members are committed to correcting that deficiency and many of our activities are designed to provide opportunities for local historical and cultural societies to promote their diversity to the world.
The European Cultural Foundation has a “Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture” and our Committee encourages any NGO groups or private individuals to create a viable project and make formal application for the grants.
If you need help in doing so, contact us.
In summary form, these activities of the Balkan Rendezvous have been created to provide opportunities for each city, country or region to promote its cultural and traditional heritage to the world –
1. While the Balkan Concerts are more created for contemporary music involving local and foreign performing artists (and we’ve got some big names in our sights), small selections of traditional music and dance are included.
2. The Balkan Carnivals cater almost exclusively for cultural and traditional activities, music and dance in traditional costumes, arts, crafts and cuisine.
3. Many of the Balkan Welfare projects carried out by the Arasi Foundation are also designed to assist in the rejuvenation and promotion of regional culture and tradition.
During the course of meeting with historical societies in the cities, we expect the enthusiasm to spread to many other towns, particularly those that are either on the route of the amazing Balkan Rendezvous cycling event, or those close to the capital cities on the routes of our many “day trips” for tourists.
Like all things relating to the Balkan Rendezvous, our website holds the key to more information on this subject, with links to more external sites, names of places to visit, dates of activities, maps to locations and photos and videos.
Any members of the public may also register online and submit their own personal video production for the chance to win prizes.
Like we’ve said on almost every page so far, the Balkan Rendezvous has so much to offer, this is just another reason why you have to plan your holidays around August 2014.
Don’t forget, OK?