fromdu 15 May 2016 toau 28 May 2016
Organized by:Organisé par :
Adventures in Preservation, Cultural Heritage without Borders, United States, Sweden
Location of event:Lieu de l’événement : Drenoc, Kosovo
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Kosovo’s journey from a largely autonomous state to an independent country has been difficult. Recovery efforts have resulted in ample housing and the restoration of services across the country. It’s now time to shift efforts to saving what remains of the country’s cultural and architectural heritage.
Large stone kullas traditionally housed Kosovo’s extended families. They could be found throughout the country, but most were destroyed during the 1998-1999 war. The few that remain need the assistance of the international community to restore them to their original beauty. Restored, they will once again provide a use that benefits the rural communities where they stand.
We will travel to Drenoc, a small village in western Kosovo known for its historic character. Seven 18th century kullas survive, forming one of the country’s last traditional streetscapes. Local craftsmen will teach you hands-on building conservation skills as work is completed on the Kulla Isuf Mazrekaj.
Your hands-on training will be augmented by an afternoon bike tour to historic sites and an evening learning about traditional cuisine. Our efforts will support heritage tourism, the key to creating economic growth in the region.
Learn hands-on traditional building skills, including lime plastering and woodworking.
Help complete work at the kulla and increase the village’s ability to host tourists and travelers, while they experience the history and culture of the region.
Support the village of Drenoc in its selection as an ethnographic village, or open museum. Restored kullas are the major component of this plan to showcase the country’s cultural and architectural heritage. Kulla Isuf Mazrekaj is one of the first to be restored and will serve as an example of internationally accepted conservation practices.
Tour the countryside around Drenoc by bike, and then enjoy a day-long excursion to Valbona Valley in the neighboring Albanian Alps.
Registration / Inscription deadline: 14 May 2016