At the end of 2020, Fortress of Culture Šibenik was included in the European catalog of good practices with the focus on the adaptive reuse of cultural monuments, participatory governance, and quality principles for intervention on cultural heritage within the Cultural Heritage in Action peer-learning scheme. Šibenik thus found itself in the company of big cities such as Budapest and Rotterdam, but also similar and smaller towns like Blaj (Romania) or Hermoupolis (Greece).
Besides being recognized as an example of good practice, Fortress of Culture made it to the 12 shortlisted European locations for peer-learning visits via which in the spring of 2021 the chosen institution would present and convey their work practices firsthand at their location, together with other cultural institutions.
It has been confirmed today that Fortress of Culture would participate in the program, and its team members would make a virtual trip to Finland, Belgium, Scotland, Italy, and the Netherlands. During March, April, and May, Fortress of Culture's team members will present the projects of the revitalized Šibenik's fortresses, and find out in what ways European cities sustain their local cultural heritage, successfully conduct cultural heritage projects, and how they battle any and all challenges and obstacles along the way, by exchanging knowledge and experiences.
European Commission's Cultural Heritage in Action program was financed by the EU and conducted by a consortium of several European associations (Eurocities KEA, ERRIN, Europa Nostra, Architects' Council of Europe). The goal of this program is to prompt European cities and regions toward developing and adopting innovative solutions and initiatives in the field of cultural heritage. For those specific purposes, a catalog of good practice examples in heritage governance across the EU was compiled with the goal of presenting chosen locations and mutually connecting them through workshops and research visits.