Promotion of Heritage Management

Revitalization of old Bazars and Artisanship in Western Kosovo

The cultural heritage richness of Kosovo west region dates from the accent era to the present day, culture across all spheres has flourished in various parts of the region. Despite the conflicts within last century much of heritage survives in artistic, architectural and craft form. This tangible heritage is mirrored in its richness by the intangible heritage of the region, represented in large part by traditional craft knowledge and skill passed down from generation to generation within artisan families and through the guild (esnaf) system.

The project aims to safeguard existing knowledge of traditional craftsmanship through vocational training programmes, to revive those traditions and replace lost technical expertise and to provide apprentices and artisans with access and the ability to respond to today’s local and regional markets. It also engages as far as possible with the crafts community and the markets it aims to support. Develop training program to adhere to the traditional educational systems and artistic knowledge of region and to relate in structure and activity to the training received by apprentices over the centuries under the guidance of their masters.their cultural function associated with tangible and intangible cultural heritage, inheriting practice knowledge and skills that communities, groups and individuals are passed on from generation to generation, and depending on the environment, interaction with nature and history, provides a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for to cultural diversity and creativity.

The project summarizes the primary activities of Kosovo west region to revitalize the craft traditions within bazaars of Peje and Gjakova cities. It lays out the primary methods and approaches employed to safeguard intangible heritage within crafts sector in both regional and local spheres through holistic approach to economic and educational development. Particular focus is given to the development of vocational training programs that act to safeguard the social structure and traditional knowledge of the region intangible heritage whilst also responding to contemporary educational systems and demands of modern commercial markets.

Therefore, the actions will contribute on creating of attractive atmosphere for sustainable economic and tourism development. Revitalization of intangible heritage values through encouragement on education, protection, development and promotion of artisans within “Artisans Development “Centres” in Peja and Gjakova. The centers will apply the local knowledge and skills to produce unique handcraft products with cultural heritage characteristics that each community had preserved through time and will also respond to contemporary lifestyles; develop a sense of self-reliance in local artisanship, based on initiative, creativity, productivity with necessary characteristics of making their activities sustainable; continues development of product standards and product quality by providing technical and professional assistance to promote and upgrade production efficiency and competitiveness in local, national and international level; development of human recourses at all levels by transferring traditional know –how skills and technology required for craft production.

The revitalisation of Peja bazaar infrastructure by Identifying the where the action of infrastructure will take place by paving with cobblestone and lighting of area will build a better image for the historical area and increase opportunities for businesses development in specific crafts as opportunities for socio-economic development.

Development of regional socially- integrated cultural tourism as an attractive destination for tourists, maps a road of reconnection, re-joining and reconciliation between people, their skill and their heritage. The ‘Integrated Sectors’ Scenario will involve the Cultural Tourism sector development being integrated with the development of the general tourism sector. And will not alone focus on cultural tangible/ intangible issues including site preservation, restoration, signage, heritage information and site security issues but will involve the cultural heritage authorities operating in partnership and co-operation with all the other tourism and community stakeholders and players. Intervention within Peja Bazaar infrastructure by paving new cobblestone roads, development of craft centers, creation of cultural path within Kosovo western region, organizing of events and conferences, through activities on research, infrastructure, and management of craft development centers, promotion of heritage values and education, project will create foundations for a functional organizational balance for sustainable development. Enhance awareness of community on importance, the role of heritage, its protection and use of these attractions for development of businesses and for better lifestyle conditions for the communities.

Implemented every year, due to the European Heritage Days