On 15 September, 2018 we in cooperation with the Interreg Central Baltic Programme have organized the Heritage Road Trip 2018, that included four wonderful thematic routes - Coastal, Hansa, Industrial and Green. All routes led to Sangaste castle in Estonia to celebrate the European Cooperation Day 2018 and European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018!
Event has been awarded the label of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, which nicely added to the fact that 5 tourism heritage projects, supported within Estonia-Latvia programme, were labelled with the same label in spring 2018.
Thematic routes and whole event was built on the routes and offers, that our projects Coastal Hiking, Green Railway, Industrial Heritage, Livonian Culinary Route and UNESCO tourism are working on. Soon these routes and offers will be available to local visitors and tourists from abroad. Location Sangaste castle, where the Estonians and Latvians met after route visits, is a partner in the project Garden Pearls.
During bus trips participants took part in the Heritage Quiz, which asked some knowledge about planned results of tourism heritage projects or required search for right answers on the programmes websites and Internet as well. In the concluding part in Sangaste Estonians and Latvians enjoyed fantastic concert of ethnic groups of Livs, Suiti, Seto and Kihnu! They represent four ethnic regions of Latvia and Estonia.
Events served as the first introduction of the tourism routes and joint offers to around 200 participants. Many of them learned about Estonia-Latvia programme for the first time. Please see the photo galleries from all routes and the concluding part!
We are also proud to continue the green path at our events and this time we have reused old programme banners. They were turned into an artistic installation in the hounour of centenaries of the Republics of Estonia and Latvia. Material was brought by all participants of the trip. 5 volunteers from Latvia and Estonia were involved in preparation of symbolic mosaic of the Freedom monument of Latvia - called in the name of woman - Milda. "Milda" was supported with many stars (originally there are only 3) and several cheerful swallows - Estonian national bird!