30. 10. 2017


1st TEM in Ljubljana

1st Transnational Exchange Meeting of NewPilgrimAge project was held in Slovenia's capital about innovative tools for valorisation, presentation and utilisation of cultural heritage. 

Saint Martin, the symbol of sharing, is one of the most popular saints in central Europe with thousands of monuments and intangible heritage (folk traditions, legends) keeping his memory alive. Partner cities of the NewPilgrimAge project are located along the European Cultural Route of Via Sancti Martini. They join forces to revive this cultural heritage and promote the common European values of solidarity and hospitality linked to St Martin.  Cities and cultural organisations from five countries will mobilise their citizens, most of all young people and small enterprises, to propose and jointly develop new creative initiatives valorising the untapped heritage potentials.

Such activities will include voluntary services in cultural heritage preservation and cultural tourism, digitilisation, ‘reuse’ heritage through creative and cultural industry. The project will develop and pilot IT applications to promote the heritage-driven cultural products and services, thus also reaching out to younger generations of our digital age. The novel solutions will be available in a ‘Community-sourced CH Valorisation Model’, replicable in any city with similar profile or ambitions. Partners, together with local stakeholders will develop local roadmaps to define the next strategic steps on the way to sustainable management schemes, also empowering local communities.  

Photo: Thomas D Mørkeberg (Flickr)

Project duration

Start Date

1 june 2017

End Date

31 may 2020

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As the only town in the Carpathian Basin which was continuously inhabited for over 2000 years, the city of Szombathely has a long tradition and accumulated cultural heritage to be proud of and to preserve. It is a city with acknowledged roman heritage and amongst others it is St. Martin’s town of birth, and as such takes significant interest in the structured, modern management of its legacy that NewPilgrimAge envisions.   

Municipality of Maribor (Slovenia)

Being the second largest city in Slovenia, Maribor is an important actor of the cultural life of the country. After a successful candidature and a long preparation period, the city took upon the task of European Capital of Culture in 2012.   

Municipality of Albenga (Italy)

Albenga is a coastal city of 25,000 inhabitants in North-West Italy. Amongst others, it is famous for its natural reserve, Gallinaria Island, where St. Martin has lived, which is why the preservation of its legacy is a key point in the town’s cultural profile.   

Municipality of Dugo Selo (Croatia)

Dugo Selo is located 20 kilometres east from Zagreb, in the Zagreb County and occupies a total area of 53 km2 with a population of an estimated 20 thousand. The town takes great interest in a cultural route related to St Martin, as he is the patron of the town, with 2 dedicated churches and even a St Martin’s hill, all in all a history closely connected to the saint.     

Regional Committee of Veneto (Italy)

UNPLI is the Italian network of almost 500 Pro Loco associations. Many Italian towns and small cities have a Pro Loco, a civic membership association of volunteers that works with schools, local businesses and institutions in order to project ways to enhance the town and provide assistance to visitors.  

Research Center of Slovenian Academy (Slovenia)

ZRC SAZU was established in 1981 and in its present form is a network of seventeen institutes with some 300 researchers and technicians. ZRC SAZU has its own publishing house, bookstore, and audio-visual laboratory; it houses the Geographical Museum, and boasts numerous collections.  

Mindspace (Hungary)

Mindspace Non-profit Ltd. was founded in 2011 and deals mostly with cultural urban projects, focusing on smart city and sustainability through participation and gamification.