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    • “Adopt Your Heritage” Project Newsletter Issued: September 2010 Project financed by the European Commission www.adyourhe.comIncreasing awareness and encouraging active participation in understanding different cultures. 4th Project Meeting – Vilnius, 17-20 September 2010 The fourth meeting of ADHER project - Adopt Your Heritage was held in Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania, and was attended by participants coming from Turkey, Romania, Greece, Slovenia. Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Lithuanian Partner of this Learning Partnership project funded by the Grundvig Programme, organized this event at the Vilnius University campus known since 1579, an interesting historical place, where the participants of meeting were not only working but also had opportunity to explore the University courtyards, to visit the Church of Sts. John, the historical University campus halls, one of the oldest academic Libraries in Europe. On the agenda of the first day there were discussions Vilnius University about results already achieved by Partners and the listof cultural heritages with problem analysis at locallevel in each Partner’s country that are supposedto be used in the project. Preliminary studies on“ADOPT YOUR HERITAGE” booklet materialswere fulfilled and target audience defined: it wasdecided that booklet should be dedicated togeneral public, interested in cultural heritage, notonly to the specific audience of teachers andtrainers, because wider dissemination of projectideas and involvement of different people fromvarious layers of society, correspond with ADHER Moment of meetingobjectives. Partners expressed ideas aboutpromotion measures to increase involvement of civil society in the project. Presentation by Jūratė Bučmytė This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
    • (Lithuania) showed how the unique cultural heritage of Curonian Spit is used and promoted in real life:producing specific signs, T-shirts, family weathervanes, also in virtual space - using the social networkingservices.The meeting programme prepared by Lithuanian Partner was based on the key points of Lithuaniancultural heritage adopted in ADHER project aiming to reveal all the aspects of these issues. BecauseVilnius historic centre in 1994 toUNESCO World heritage list wasinscribed as having outstandinguniversal value, the afternoonprogramme of the meeting startedwith the excursion to VilniusUniversity and its famous Library –unique architectural complex that isan integral part of the historicalcentre of Vilnius. The Library wasfounded in 1570 and was based onthe collections of Sigismund II, Kingof Poland and Grand Duke ofLithuania, and of Georgius Albinius, Vilnius Old Townsuffragan to the Bishop of Vilnius. Atthe present time there are 5.4 million publications in safekeeping at the Library, the manuscript departmentholds more than 226,000 documents in a variety of languages, there is also a collection of art works and aMuseum with a selection of graphic works of Lithuanias history, as well as medals and Orders. The Libraryis situated at the same place from the very beginning and has 27 000 of users. The Library was visited bya lot of famous people: spiritual leaders, presidents, kings, princes, representatives of authorities from various countries. Urban tour that followed the excursion to the University and its Library was dedicated to the Old Town of Vilnius that preserved gothic, renaissance, baroque, classical styles features. Old Town is a harmonious architectural unit that is the witness of unique way of living tradition based on multiculturalism. Vilnius since the old times was famous for its tolerance: here settled and successfully coexisted inhabitants of various confessions and nationalities. Folk group performance At the end of the first meeting day the participantswere invited to share national traditions, to listen to the Lithuanian folk group and to discuss informally This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
    • cultural and historical factors which created specific Vilnius values and made this city the World HeritageSite. Participants exchanged views on what to be done to preserve more effectively cultural and naturalheritages on national level and to involve more people from different layers of society in such activity.On the second day of the meeting participants visited the historical capital of Lithuania – Trakai – small“town of lakes”, situated about 25 km south from Vilnius. Trakai is famous by the medieval Castle thatoccupies one island of Lake Galvė – the only insularcastle throughout Eastern Europe. It was built as adefensive fortress, later served as a ducal residenceand even as a prison. Castle of Trakai has undergonerenovations and now it is a museum where Lithuania’smost interesting archeological artifacts, coins and otherfinds from excavation grounds are preserved. Trakai,old capital of Lithuania, is also known as anadministrative and spiritual centre of Karaimcommunity. Six hundred years Karaims and Tatarshave been living in Lithuania and consider it as a Castle of Trakaihomeland. Since 14th century when Great Duke ofLithuania Vytautas brought them from Crimea, the history of Karaims in Lithuania began. It was connectedthen with the state policy: to inhabit empty territories of Great Duchy for development of trade and cities.It was very good example of tolerance and cooperation of different nations living on the same land, havingvarious traditions and professing different religions. Participants with one accord agreed that suchexample of multicultural living tradition is worth to make it widely known as an effective pattern of betterunderstanding and tolerance towards other cultures.The participants had good opportunity to become acquainted with Karaim cuisine as a part of culturalheritage: Lithuanian Partner invited all the party to one of Trakai restaurants where national dishes of Karaim minority were served. After the return from Trakai, participants had free time for discovering new cultural aspects of Vilnius Old Town themselves: Lithuanian Partner organized this meeting synchronizing its activities with „Festival of Gediminas”, annual autumn feast with three-day programme of cultural and entertainment events. It is an example of reviving of the old tradition that remounts to the days of Grand Duke Gediminas’ rule, dedicated to Moment of Festival: Fire sculpture celebrate autumn equinox and glorify Vilnius. This festival also represents multicultural tradition that isstill fostered: many folk, dance, theatrical groups from Poland, Russia, Italy, Belarus and other countries This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
    • are invited annually to take part in a programme. Old Town was full of live: a lot of performances were heldin narrow streets and squares. “Mystery of Fire” was one of those events visited by the participants ofVilnius meeting on Sunday evening.The programme of ADHER meeting in Vilnius was closed at the Lithuanian cuisine restaurant “Fortodvaras”, where participants were offered traditional food.ADHER meeting in Vilnius contributed to the project revealing new aspects of cultural interaction andlong-term experience in creation of multicultural traditions. A lot of information about national culturalheritages was presented by Lithuanian Partner, for this purpose inviting the assistance of professionalguides and artists.One of the reasons for organizing such projects is the collaboration and common understanding whichpartners are supposed to create during the project. The fourth meeting of ADHER showed the cohesion ofthe Partners in achieving of project goals and mutual understanding of the importance of this task.Common interactive work on project issues will be renewed at the next ADHER meeting in Slovenia. Decorative motif This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein