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Press Release: Virtual Exhibition – Urban Port Heritage Restoration under the TEMPUS Project

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Under the international TEMPUS Project implemented in three pilot areas in Italy and Croatia, a virtual exhibition dedicated to the history of the ports of Rijeka, Ravenna and Solin, namely MYPORTHERITAGE – Urban Port Heritage Restoration in the Adriatic Sea, will be available at the following link http://myportheritage.eu/ from December 31, 2020.

The exhibition will highlight the historical aspect of the development of ports, as well as their impact on their surroundings in different periods, while the visitors will gain additional knowledge about commercial, productive and leisure activities that marked the life of ports and the evolution of relations between the two Adriatic coasts. This virtual exhibition will be a good foundation for entrepreneurs who recognize the economic potential of ports and who have the opportunity to realize their entrepreneurial ideas that can be implemented in port areas, namely connecting the past and present, and with a focus on materials (goods), technology, people and culture. The aim of the virtual exhibition is to enable the temporary use of space for various activities enhancing tangible and intangible port heritage.

The TEMPUS Project – TEMporary Uses as start-up actions to enhance port (in)tangible heritage – brings together nine partners from Croatia and Italy, namely with the aim of regenerating abandoned urban port areas while respecting the cultural heritage and customs of the community. TEMPUS project activities focus on three pilot areas: Ravenna, Solin and Rijeka.

The value of the project amounts to EUR 2,706,920.00, of which 85% pertains to grants co-financed by the European Union through the INTERREG V-A Italy – Croatia 2014 – 2020 Cross-Border Cooperation Programme. The Project is to be carried out in the period from January 1, 2019 to the end of 2021.

The primary goal of the TEMPUS Project is to test the experimental methodology of regeneration of neglected urban port areas by creating long-term strategies focused on culture and the community. Thanks to its integrated social activation, cultural valorisation and the involvement of concerned stakeholders, TEMPUS will temporarily reactivate three pilot port areas (Ravenna, Solin, Rijeka) with the aim of initiating the implementation of long-term regeneration strategies.

The TEMPUS Project aims to connect partner cities with their ports and create a new social life space that will encourage creative entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurial initiatives in culture and tourism. In the long run, the project aims to stimulate economic development based on the valorisation of hidden tangible and intangible port heritage, including the archaeological background and natural context, namely starting with temporary use activities.