About EtnoCarpathia project.

Source of funding: 

- European Regional Development Fund Interreg V-A Poland-Slovakia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
- Financing by the National Institute of Freedom -  Centre for Civil Society Development from the Civil Society Organisations Development Programme


Implementation period: 01/11/2019 - 30/06/2022


Project Leader:

Project Partners: 

PP1 Municipal House of Culture Vranov nad Topľou, kulturavranov.sk
- PP2 Regional Museum in Rzeszów, muzeum.rzeszow.pl


Project co-financing amount: EUR 717 996.46 (85% from ERDF, 15% from NIF-CSSD CSODP)

Total project value: EUR 844 701.74 (100%)


Purpose of the project:

Increasing the attractiveness and recognition of the Polish-Slovak borderland through the use of cultural heritage resources.


Idea and short description of the project:

The main idea of ​​the project is the development and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Polish-Slovak borderland by developing a tourism product EtnoCarpathia based on the resources of Carpathian culture.

Activities planned in the project will be aimed at increasing the attractiveness and recognition of the borderland through the use of cultural heritage resources. The Polish-Slovak borderland is rich in cultural diversity, resulting from the fact that many ethnic communities once existed here, including: Pogórzans, Lemkos, Boykos, and on the Slovak side by the populations of the areas of today's Šariš, Zemplín, and Zamagurie. Each of them was characterized by different traditions and workmanship, and at the same time they shared a common history and cultural roots. However, due to numerous historical circumstances, many of these cultures have become extinct or forgotten, which poses a threat to the preservation of the durability of the cultural wealth of the borderland.

The result of the project will be the creation of a new tourism product, EtnoCarpathia, based on the heritage of selected Carpathian cultures. This product will be developed under the common, already existing, international Carpathian brand and will offer tourists the opportunity to learn about the authenticity and multiculturalism of the Polish-Slovak part of the Carpathians, the diverse workmanship and unique traditions of this area.



Inventory of cultural resources.
The analysis is to include and describe the areas, cultural destinations, distinctive cultures of the PL-SK borderland and their remnants (Pogórzans, Lemkos, Boykos, Dolinians, Šariš, Zemplin, Zamagurie). As a result of the above inventory, a report with a knowledge base will be created. One of the main elements of the report will be the cataloguing of resources based on the above cultural areas (e.g. design, cuisine, spiritual culture, crafts, music). Based on the resource inventory report, a strategy of 7 sub-brands creating 1 tourism product will be prepared.

Publication release
One of them will be of a scientific nature, addressed to people and institutions related to the ethnography of the borderland. The second publication will be of a promotional nature and will be issued in the form of an image album covering identified and catalogued brand cultural areas..


Launch of the EtnoCarpathia internet portal
As part of the project, the Etno Carpathia internet portal will be developed and launched, informing both about the project and its effects. It will also be the main promotional tool for the created tourism product. 

Production of e-guides (E-tool)
In the area of ​​the created sub-brands, 7 completely / partially destroyed / no longer existing objects will be selected. On their basis, e-guides will be created, equipped with both text (audio) and photo versions. An additional element of the guide will be the possibility of applying a picture by a cell or tablet showing the then appearance of the object. The above solution will be an additional attraction for tourists who will be able to visit individual facilities in a different, modern way. An additional element will be the creation of a visualization, a hologram of a figure related to the cultural heritage of the borderland.


Carrying out the CarpathiaEtnoDesign (CED) contest for young designers to use elements of traditional design related to borderland cultures and to prepare Carpathian toolboxes with materials characteristic of borderland cultures.
Based on the results of the competition, the so-called "Carpathian caskets".


Conducting information meetings on the creation and importance of territorial brands.
A total of 2 meetings on the PL-SK border

Conducting handicraft workshops
A total of 7 handicraft workshops on the PL-SK border

Conducting photo workshops
A total of 4 workshops on the PL-SK border

Conducting workshops on modern marketing tools
A total of 4 workshops on the PL-SK border



Etno Weekend - a two-day cultural event aimed at promoting the values of the Polish-Slovak borderland.

Study visit to selected ethno destinations (7 days) for 15 European tourist bloggers / journalists who will collect materials during the visit to prepare blogging / journalistic reports.

Festival of traditional folk dances in Slovakia.

Ethnographic exhibition presenting elements of individual cultures along with the results of the EtnoDesign contest. 

Scientific conference aimed at communities related to the preservation and popularization of this type of heritage. 

International gala summarizing the project.