„Block – The Cultural Heritage of Bucharest’s Neighbourhoods” proposes activating Bucharest’s neighbourhoods through multidisciplinary cultural products focusing on the history of micro-communities associated with the block buildings and through cultural and bilateral cooperation.
The value of the grant is 979.288 RON / 198.761,45 EUR. The project will be implemented in Bucharest, with a duration of 18 months (November 2022 – April 2024).
Bucharest’s cultural infrastructure is concentrated in the city centre, in an area of 8 km2 out of a total of 400 km2, limiting access to culture for two thirds of the population. Amidst the lack of local cultural dimension, the quality of housing decreases, the sense of identity is lacking, and the inhabitants of Bucharest do not know their own history, so “Block – The Cultural Heritage of Bucharest’s Neighbourhoods”, consists in rebalancing the cultural landscape of the city by affirming the identity of the neighbourhoods and the social and cultural involvement of the inhabitants, all of which is possible through the development of local cultural operators and cultural products with community and historical significance for the neighbourhoods of Bucharest.
History is more than battles and personalities. History is also about public policy and people’s lives, but few cultural initiatives address the history of their own communities and urban spaces. Exploring history in block buildings responds to the need for knowledge of the past and social and cultural reconnection in neighbourhoods, developing residents’ sense of shared identity and belonging. Their needs revolve around the lack of a local cultural identity, a connection to the community and their own history, and a sense of civic spirit.
The programme meets this need through the participation of 1100 people in cultural events, 5000 readers of historical books and 200 online viewers of the documentary film.
The EEA GRANTS represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary countries in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funding mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together the EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three countries contributed €3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and €1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period.
The RO-CULTURE Programme is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has the overall objective of strengthening economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The budget of the Programme is approximately 34 million euro.
More details are available on the official website: www.ro-cultura.ro.