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The Danube fishermen's world comes alive in Lom


Researchers from Ruse presented a poster exhibition, a collection of oral stories and a documentary about the Danube fishermen in the Historical Museum of Lom.

The products reflect the results of an ethnological field study conducted last fall by ethnologists and an audiovisual team. The main purpose of the study was to collect oral stories, which can be used to outline the local fishing community and its active presence on the Danube and the nearby islands, as well as in the Orsoya swamp.

All of this is happening under project „Cultural heritage of the Danube fishermen. The Lom and Orsoya communities“ of Association „European Spaces 21“ in partnerships with the museums in Ruse and Lom is implemented with the support of the „Cultural Heritage“ programme, module „Preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage“ of National Fund „Culture“, 2020.

The project explores the knowledge, skills and practices of the local fishing community, which are considered as intangible cultural heritage, as they are part of the traditional sparing fishing on the Danube, which has existed for millennia.

„The fishermen from Lom and Orsoya“ is an exhibition, which introduces the world of the Danube fishermen in eight topics with short stories and photos. It can be seen here.

The collection of short stories „The fishing communities in Lom“ is structured according to different thematic cores. The stories feature images of an icy river that engulfs a wedding, man-eating catfish, as well as descriptions of fishing during different seasons. Author, creator and editor of the publication is Prof. Dr. Nikolay Nenov. You can read the collection of stories here (in Bulgarian), as well as download it.

The movie „Fishermen and sceneries“ introduces us to some well-spoken and not-so-well-spoken storytellers, peeks into some secret meeting places, shows breathtaking views from beautiful rivers and islands. This is an Arena Media production. The movie can be seen here.

All project materials are publically available at the website:

„The project is part of our systematic efforts to preserve and promote the heritage of local communities in Bulgaria and demonstrates our concept of working in effective partnerships. The financial support of the National Culture Fund is essential for such endeavors“, said Tsveta Nenova, Chair of Association „European Spaces 21“.

The exhibition will remain in Lom during the months of June and July and at the Night of the Museums (July 3rd) the visitors will be able to watch special screenings of the film in the halls of the Historical Museum in Lom.

Project “MEMOFISH - memory and future. Stories about the Danube Civilization” is cofinanced by the European Union through European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romania-BulgariaProgramme.
Amount of EU contribution:  423 921, 71 Euro





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