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Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:27

Amber Expedition II

Written by  Anna Sado
The Roman merchant wagon replica The Roman merchant wagon replica

“A great success of the Amber Expedition I was initiating and tightening contacts with people from various countries, who are interested in cooperation on the amber route. In order to benefit from this unique potential we have decided to continue the project” – says its leader Lechosław Ochocki.

This year’s edition of the Amber Route Cities Forum was dominated by one topic: Amber Expedition II. It is meant to be a continuation of the Amber Expedition I project, was which initiated by the Kalisz Museum and implemented between 2008 and 2010 in cooperation with such partners as museums, organisations, representatives of the cities on the amber route from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea. As was the case in the first edition, the aim will be to present various cultural links between the societies of the central and southern Europe, which go back for centuries.

The element that combines them will be amber, presented in various media: exhibitions, competitions, conferences, publications, fashion shows etc. “Each city interested in cooperation can contribute to the project with selected elements in order to create an attractive programme of promotion through amber and the events connected with it. The input of the city of Gdańsk, as the World Capital of Amber will be, among other things, the exhibition Trendbook and an exhibition of the works created at the annual International Amber Workshops” – explained Robert Pytlos, amber issues coordinator by the president of the city of Gdańsk, which is a co-initiator of Amber Expedition II. Kalisz, the city which was the creator of the Roman merchant wagon replica, this time is dreaming of a double decker bus with a multimedia presentation on amber and the partners of the project. The visitors will be able to download the presentation onto their mobile devices. “Just like the wagon did before, the bus is going to tour around the partner cities, which will organise their own promotional events. In this way we will be implementing the aim of motivating local societies to participate in culture” – explains Ochocki.
A few partners have already declared their interest in the project. Among them are cities from Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Germany and Poland. Their number is not limited – everybody who is interested can participate. Application documents (for the programme Creative Europe 2014-2020) will be submitted in Otober this year, and in March 2015 it will be announced whether the project will be subsidised. “The maximum amount of the subsidy for all partners of the project is 2 million PLN over the period of 4 years. The partners will be reimbursed for half of the costs connected with implementing the declarations included in the project, the other half is their own contribution. These sums may not seem very attractive to everyone, but for those who want to promote their cities or the initiatives on the amber route, they surely are” – sums up Ochocki.

 Everyone interested in participating in the project can direct enquiries to the leader of the project: Lechosław Ochocki Muzeum Okręgowe in Kalisz: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anna Sado

Anna Sado

Trade journalist specialising in jewellery related topics. Since 2007 has been co-creator of the amber portal amber.com.pl

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