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SOS Culture: Revival of Forgotten Cultural Assets in the Armenian and Georgian Border Regions

11 September 2012

Since January 2012 thea EU-funded SOS Culture project has been implemented in Armenia within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. The overall objective of the project is to register and preserve endangered cultural assets in the remote border regions of Armenia and Georgia, involving local populations. Involvement of local communities will, in turn, promote economic, social and cultural development in those areas covered by the project.
In Armenia, one SOS Culture activity was a summer camp, which ran from 13-19 August 2012 in Odzun, Lori region. This intensive training camp gathered together nearly 50 members of Armenian SOS Culture Youth Clubs from Varagavan, Akhtala, Berdavan, Alaverdi and Yerevan. During those 7 days participants had an enriching, meaningful, and interactive learning experience, simultaneously incorporating high quality academic knowledge in subjects such as art and architecture history, Armenian Studies, and cross-cultural studies. The director of the Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation and SOS Culture project partner outlined the primary goals of the project, which, according to him, were self-knowledge and knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of the region. “By passing on knowledge to local populations, particularly youth, we will be able to reduce [cultural] decay, which results from ignorance. Indirectly, the project will also reduce emigration, because, when you know your motherland, you come to love it and get attached to it,” Karapetyan said.

With an overall duration of 24 months, the SOS Culture project is aimed at saving a large number of neglected cultural assets for future generations. The project approach is rooted in the idea that well-preserved historic sites have a positive influence on the creation of an environment which nurtures sustainable economic, social and human development in remote and impoverished regions. The stimulation of sustainable tourism is a tool to open up additional income sources for the inhabitants of rural areas.
The EU-funded SOS Culture project is being implemented by the Foundation for the Protection of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, in cooperation with the “dvv international” Georgia Country office and the Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation.
The overall EU contribution to SOS Culture project is approximately €500,000

SOS Culture: Revival of Forgotten Cultural Assets in the Armenian and Georgian Border Regions

Since January 2012 thea EU-funded SOS Culture project has been implemented in Armenia within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. The overall objective of the project is to register and preserve endangered cultural assets in the remote border regions of Armenia and Georgia, involving local populations. Involvement of local communities will, in turn, promote economic, social and cultural development in those areas covered by the project. In Armenia, one SOS Culture activity was a summer camp, which ran from 13-19 August 2012 in Odzun, Lori region. This intensive training camp gathered together nearly 50 members of Armenian SOS Culture Youth Clubs from Varagavan, Akhtala, Berdavan, Alaverdi and Yerevan. During those 7 days participants had an enriching, meaningful, and interactive learning experience, simultaneously incorporating high quality academic knowledge in subjects such as art and architecture history, Armenian Studies, and cross-cultural studies. The director of the Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation and SOS Culture project partner outlined the primary goals of the project, which, according to him, were self-knowledge and knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of the region. “By passing on knowledge to local populations, particularly youth, we will be able to reduce [cultural] decay, which results from ignorance. Indirectly, the project will also reduce emigration, because, when you know your motherland, you come to love it and get attached to it,” Karapetyan said. With an overall duration of 24 months, the SOS Culture project is aimed at saving a large number of neglected cultural assets for future generations. The project approach is rooted in the idea that well-preserved historic sites have a positive influence on the creation of an environment which nurtures sustainable economic, social and human development in remote and impoverished regions. The stimulation of sustainable tourism is a tool to open up additional income sources for the inhabitants of rural areas. The EU-funded SOS Culture project is being implemented by the Foundation for the Protection of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, in cooperation with the “dvv international” Georgia Country office and the Research on Armenian Architecture Foundation. The overall EU contribution to SOS Culture project is approximately €500,000