REFREsh - Rural revitalisation for cultural heritage

Start Date

1 July 2017

End Date

30 June 2020



REFREsh tackles the main challenges of rural areas in CE regions. Unused industrial heritage exist and needs revitalisation and a new form of use. The main objectives of REFREsh are to reutilize industrial heritage through new forms of creative use and attract new creative actors for valorise the industrial heritage in cooperation with actors from trade and service sector. The goal is to improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources

The project transforms industrial heritage into cultural centres for creative scene as starting point for development of the industrial areas, Municipalities and regions in Central Europe.

The Project will develop benchmarking tools, regional strategies and test the new approach in five pilot actions. To reach a critical mass of creative actors and to foster transnational cooperation of the creative scene the project plans to organise exhibitions, cultural events and creative workshops.

By showing successful approaches for reutilization of industrial heritage for cultural purpose and integration of creative scene tested in pilot actions, the aim is to give industrial heritage a new use  that brings value to the whole rural region.

In a long term effect and by adapting the tested approaches, also in other rural areas in Central Europe old industrial heritage will be reutilized and creative scene will be integrated in rural areas. 


Project budget in eur

ERDF founfing in eur



Workshop Introducing the Transnational Benchmarktool


The workshop organised by the project partner Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was held on the 25th October 2018 at the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka in Rijeka. 


e-book on Interreg and the EYCH2018 


The E-BOOK on Interreg and the EYCH2018 has very recently been published by INTERACT. The e-book will be officially presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels in the Coop Cult and Succeed – EYCH2018 workshop.


EYCH label 2018 for refresh 

EYCH 2018 label

The "REFREsh - Rural Revitalisation For Cultural Heritage" project is a part of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH), which is endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. 



As already mentioned, the benchmarking tool will be adapted upon request of individual partners. This adjustment is expected to be completed by mid-April. Afterwards the workshops can take place.




The analysis of the demand for utilization and integration of the creative scene in the functional structures

The main output of this Work Package is the transnational benchmarking tool as a complex analysis tool for partner´s policy makers, planners and site managers with the recommendations on how to analyse regional situation for creative scene and potentials for their integration. 

The analysis of the demand for utilization and integration of the creative scene in the functional structures

The main outputs of this Work Package will be five regional strategies which will result in a joint developed transnational strategy for the integration of creative actors in the existing spatial structures dominated by trade and service actors for a multifunctional and well working cooperation.
This brings added value through the mutual support of all sectors by creating synergies and workflows for each other.

The reutilization of the industrial heritage through the integration of creative scene

Main outputs of this Work Package are pilot actions which will show successful implementation of reutilization of an old industrial heritage through the integration of the creative scene and new cultural use, which leads to the valorisation of cultural heritage and exchange of creative scene.

The cultural reutilization of the Huthaus in Freiberg

The, so called, “Huthaus” has around 360m2 and is a part of one of the most important Hutcomplexes in the ore mountains, including different unused old industrial productive places. It will be used for the events and exchange of creative actors and as the contact point for the creative scene. It will be also used for dialogues between different stakeholders from service, trade and industry together with the creative scene.

The cultural reutilization of the communist headquarter in Komlo

The investment transforms the former communist headquarter to the regional cultural centre. Today it is a museum and library but it needs a new concept to present the town’s industrial heritage. Therefore, Komlo involves the creative sector and trade sector from mining industry and services providers. Together they will create a cultural centre which focuses on the methods of transformation from an old communist era to the modern cultural and creative centre with exhibition halls and visual performances providing a new opportunity for the creative scene.

The cultural reutilization of the salt warehouse in Piran

The Municipality of Piran is the owner of the salt warehouse which was built around 1850. The warehouse is categorised as a monument of cultural heritage. Since the warehouse is not in use anymore, the Municipality of Piran wants to convert it for alternative uses. The reutilization is a starting point for the development of the whole harbour area. The result of the investment will be a multipurpose space for various events (indoor cultural events, concerts, exhibitions) while the basic infrastructure can be upgraded for any specific need. 

The cultural reutilization of an old store in Castello di Godego

The building which will be reutilized to a cultural hub is an old abandoned store which is used as a recovery of the Municipality´s tools and vehicles. The ground floor level will be transformed into a cultural hall for the community and creative scene where creative actors and associations can meet and organise cultural events and creative activities while meeting other actors from the territory.

The cultural reutilization of an old technic house of water dam in Lokve 

The investment refers to the revitalization of an old technical house of dam to the cultural centre for working spaces and exhibitions. It will be the international centre for examination of Gorski kotar and will include space for stay and work of the international groups of creative scene. Also, there will be a space for creation of interactive exhibitions which will tour the mountain area of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and industrial development of the region, esp. the development of traditional crafts such as lime woodcaving, embroiding of textiles and energy production through the dam.


Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pecs-Baranya
Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia
Venetian Cluster
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Local government of Komló
Municipality of Piran
Municipality of Castello di Godego
Municipality of Lokve