The „Memofish“ project and the way the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber as a non-governmental organization uses the heritage's resources to support the local communities and the development of the regions on the Lower Danube, is the topic of a large and incredibly heartfelt publication in Bulgaria's NGO portal. The regional correspondent Tsveta Nenova tells the story of the project as a fairy tale, intertwining stories about fish and people, fishermen, nets, recipes and crafts, passed down from generation to generation.
"Memofish" is different than all other projects, which the Chamber has implemented, writes Tsveta Nenova. That's because it's based on the heritage, it combines the methods of cultural anthropology and audiovisual research. This is the first audiovisual field study of its kind, made in ten places - five in Bulgaria and five in Romania - where the traditions of fishing communities are alive and well. Prof. Nikolay Nenov, director of the Regional Historical Museum in Ruse and an in-depth researcher of local communities, is the author of the methodology for field interviews. Together with their fellow ethnologists, they travelled with the audiovisual team. The team was headed by Dimitar Lipovanski, director of Arena Media, Ruse. They were joined by the famous Bulgarian aerial photographer Yavor Michev. The result is dozens of hours of interviews, visual documentation of fishing practices, traditional culture, local landscapes.
"Memofish" doesn't just stop with the preservation of the fishing communities' heritage along the Danube. It uses the results from the research for the development of three types of tourist routes: for young people, for large groups and for families. Within the project, the routes are presented to different audiences and tested on how they work in practice. A series of events engage the local communities and encourage the interest of professionals in the tourism sector. The global goal coincides with the credo of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber - to promote the development of the regions on both banks of the Danube. As difficult as this may be due to the economic challenges, the over-centralized state of Bulgaria and the difficult everyday life of people living in depopulated areas.
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