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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Partners

MUNICIPALITY OF SZOMBATHELY (Hungary)

Being the city where St. Martin was born in 316 AD, the community of Szombathely is proud of its heritage and take each and every opportunity to improve the management of its legacy. As Lead Partner of the project, the Municipality of Szombathely strives to lead fruitful cooperation with NPA partners in establishing a long-lasting relationship in the St. Martin cultural route management as well as secure the St. Martin heritage on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.

Municipality of Maribor (Slovenia)

Within the NewPilgrimAge project, the Municipality of Maribor aims to revitalize the cultural heritage related to St. Martin, and wishes that locals live in harmony with his values such as solidarity and hospitality. Maribor is known to have the oldest vine in the world, which still grows in front of the Old Vine House. Maribor aims not only transferring the knowledge and experience gained through this project, but also to deepen cooperation by sharing their pride, the scions of the vine with all NPA sites. They plan to introduce new products and services and to attract younger population and small enterprises. Maribor hopes to strengthen cultural tourism and thus contribute to the success of the local economy and community. 

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)

The town of Dugo Selo is proud to be Partner of NewPilgrimAge project, as Saint Martin is patron of the town and parish church.The aim of Dugo Selo is to increase visibility of Saint Martin's heritage on local, regional, national and international level. Through the this project Dugo Selo will promote Saint Martin's heritage  and make some pilot actions with new ideas obtained  from local community. The great challenge for Dugo Selo is to promote and develop Saint Martin's  values as sharing, hospitality and solidarity.    

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 is a scientific research institution from Slovenia, which focus on studies of
different cultural, social, and natural phenomena, processes, and practices. 
Therefore, the main role of ZRC SAZU team in the NewPilgrimAge project
is to raise awareness among partners and their cultural drivers on how to research,
interpret, valorise, safeguard and sustainably utilise heritage connected with the cult of St.
Martin and related activities. Researchers also try to help partners in their Challenges that They are facing in the work with local communities as well as present them how to use heritage practices for sustainable development. Besides, researchers also analyse some partners’ and other case studies to find out possible ways of using heritage in the field of the cultural creative industry, new communication technologies, ways of involving the youths and SMEs in heritage practices, etc. Some of the findings will be presented in the scientific And expert’s papers, published in different social media and scientific journals.

Mindspace (Hungary)

Mindspace is a non-profit organization based in Budapest, focusing on urbanism, culture-based neighbourhood revitalization and event organization. Joined NewPilgrimAge project as a communication partner and knowledge provider. Mindspace aims to help partners by sharing its experiences and inspirations in the field of community engagement and awareness-raising.