- 09.-11.08: participation and presentation at the final conference of the Cult Identity project and festival dedicated to sacred sites in Tervete (Latvia).
- 05.-06.06: organizing the introduction tour of sacred sites in Juuru and Muhu for journalists and tourism operators.
- 20.-21.06: participation at the introduction tour of sacred sites in Vidzeme and Riga Region for journalists and tourism operators.
- 08.05: participation at the introduction tour of sacred sites in Zemgale for journalists and tourism operators.
- 22.-23.05: participation at the introduction tour of sacred sites in Gävleborg for journalists and tourism operators.
- 30.05: participation at the introduction tour of sacred sites in Kurzeme for journalists and tourism operators.
- March 21-24: participation at tourism fair Tur in Gothenburg to introduce the project and the pilot routes of all partner regions.
- March 26: premiere of 2 films about sacred groves (One of which was partially funded by the project) in Tartu.
- Brochures about pilot routes finalized and printed.
- February 8-10: participation at tourism fair Balttour in Riga to introduce the project and the pilot routes of all partner regions.
- February 15-17: participation at tourism fair Tourest in Tallinn to introduce the project and the pilot routes of all partner regions.
- January 24: partner meeting in Riga.
- November 15: seminar to introduce a public opinion poll about natural sacred sites and “Development and Management Guidelines for Ancient Sacred Sites” carried out in Tartu by Hiite Maja Foundation.
- “Development and Management Guidelines for Ancient Sacred Sites” finalized and sent to all partners by Hiite Maja Foundation.
- August 1-3: Riga Planning Region and Vidzeme Planning Region organized introduction tours of theor pilot routes to other partners.
- August 21: Hiite Maja Foundation completed the final version of the document ‘Development and Management Guidelines for Ancient Sacred Sites’.
- August 22-23: Project management team meeting was held in Tallinn (Estonia); Hiite Maja Foundation organized a tour of its pilot route to other partners.
- June 6: project managers of Hiite Maja Foundation participated at the project management team meeting in Koknese, Latvia.
- Project partners from Zemgale Planning Region (Latvia), Kurzeme Planning Region (Latvia) and Gävleborg County Museum (Sweden) organized introduction tours of their pilot routes to other partners.
- In the framework of the Project, Hiite Maja Foundation ordered a legal analysis of sacred natural sites in Estonia. On March 29 Hiite Maja Foundation organized a round table for experts and other interested parties to discuss the document and find legal solutions that would enable the preservation of natural sacred sites and non-material heritage connected to them.
- The 2nd issue of the project e-newsletter is available for downloading at http://hiis.ee/projects/ancient-cult-sites-for-common-identity-on-the-baltic-sea-coast/newsletter.
- January 27: Vidzeme Planning Region in collaboration with other project partners has organized expert seminar “Natural sacred sites – tourism potential in the Baltic Sea region”.
- The 1st issue of the project e-newsletter is available for downloading at http://hiis.ee/projects/ancient-cult-sites-for-common-identity-on-the-baltic-sea-coast/newsletter.
- September 30: meeting of project steering comitee and project partners was organized in County Museum of Gavleborg, Gavle, Sweden.
- September 29: Project partner County Museum of Gavleborg organized an introduction tour to excavation grounds. Meeting of experts was organized in County Museum of Gavleborg, Gavle, Sweden in order to disscuss results on object inventory and excavation work as well as elaboration of common development and management strategy for ancient sacred sites.
- July 26: Project Management and Expert Meeting for Latvian Partners. Kurzeme and Riga Planning Regions organised a meeting for project partners and experts in Kurzeme Planning Region discussing the achieved results,the problems regarding object invetory work and organizational issues on the national level. Information on project implementation is available on social networks: draugiem.lv, facebook.com, twitter.com.
- RPR, VPR, ZPR, HMF and CMG formed expert groups who started work on object selection and assessment.
Seminar and Project Management Meeting in Tartu, May 26-27, 2011
- Seminar about natural sacred sites concentrated on cultural differences
Hiite Maja Foundation organized an international seminar in Tartu on May 26 to have a discussion about the situation of natural sacred sites in Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. The initial goal of the seminar – a common methodology for mapping sacred sites – was not reached this time as the starting points of the partner regions proved to be very different. For example, Estonia is the only country in the project where a national development plan for the organization of research and protection of sacred sites has been adopted. Also, the understanding about different subjects related to sacred sites varies greatly, starting from the definition of sacred site and ending with the concept of sacred sites as part of cultural heritage on various levels.
One of the most important results of the seminar was the conclusion that we should not forget the specific characteristics of each region while striving for project goals. For example, sacred sites that are still being used today will have to be handled differently from those that were last used hundreds of years ago.
- On May 27 the project’s management team discussed different practical issues related to the project.
Further information about the project available by contacting
Riga Planning Region – Liesma Grinberga, phone: 67559823, mob: 26462335