May 8 - 11, 2016, Meeting in Lappeenranta, Finland

Monday, 9 May 2016

Head of Marketing and Customer Service of Lappeenranta, Mrs. Mirka Rahman speaks: ”Introduction to Lappeenranta city” -> the project participants get the basic information of Lappeenranta and

“Monitoring of the RAISE-project’s progress and evaluation of the project, its outcomes and results”, Project Coordinator, Mrs. Rasa Marcinkevičienė

The Keynote Speaker, Regional Counsellor, M.A. & M.Sc. (B.A.) Mrs. Anu Talka from Regional Council of South Karelia gives a lecture on the theme:
”How the South Karelian Culture Heritage of Finland has been taken into consideration in South Karelia’s development?” ─ sharing experiences and a little workshop on the theme “Building based on strengths”

“Our work and everyday life” The Association of the Artist-craftsmen of South Karelia, the chairman of the association Tarja Talonpoika, their www-pages:

Presentation and comparative analysis of the digital stories on the topic “Traditional festivals and culinary heritage”

Project partners’ presentations and discussion “Alike but different”

Presentation of final products, evaluation of project activities/ impact, Mrs. Laimutė Ruzgienė

Preparation for the final report, Project Coordinator, Mrs. Rasa Marcinkevičienė

Visit to the Ideri workshop (

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Visit at the lifestyle entrepreneur’s, Mrs. Tiina Kärkäs’ shop Virkkukoukkunen (

Visit at the Imatrankoski rapids ( and ) and Imatra Valtionhotelli ( )

Imatrankoski rapids were formed 5000 year ago, when land rose after the Ice Age and Lake Saimaa waters tore the Salpauselkä ridge apart. Imatrankoski was a famous tourist attraction already 300 hundred years ago, and in the end of 1800 century it was considered as a one of the Europe’s most know attractions. Many famous people visited Imatrankoski that time and the tourism in Imatra is considered to have begun in 1772, when Empress Catherine II of Russia and her retinue came to admire this magnificent play of the water in the narrow waterway.
Kruununpuisto Park, the oldest nature park in Finland, occupying the area around the Imatrankoski Rapids, was founded in 1842 by Tsar Nicholas I. The Kruununpuisto Park features four different sections, the Koskipuisto Park, the Patopuisto Park, the Muinaisuoma Park and the Valtionhotelli Park, and numerous sights, ranging from monuments to the largest hydroelectric power plant in Finland and a summer theatre. Rapids are nowadays blocked by a dam, but during the summer there are daily shows, when dam is opened. The show is a very popular (and free) happening gathering always hundreds of people to see magnificent nature show.

Visit at the local event café & restaurant Kehruuhuone situating at the fortress of Lappeenranta ( ), where we will get coffee and hear about the Fortress by Mrs. Laura Hesso from the local office of The National Board of Antiquities of Finland (

Visit at the South Karelia Museum (

Workshops of the fortress (

November 12 - 15, 2015, Meeting in Põlva and Võru counties, Estonia

Friday, 13 November 2015

Presentation of a local Seto culinary heritage event “Kostipäiv” – pop-up cafes serving local food.
Presentation by Mrs Ülle Pärnoja, the manager of MTÜ Setomaa Tourism.

Workshop Presentation and visit the Räpina Competence Centre for Creative Industries, located in the stable-carriage house, with an arcade, which is a part of the historical Räpina manor house complex. The Competence Centre for Creative Industries offers opportunities for creative activities in the art, photography, clay, glass, candle, brewery, sound, textile, and sewing workshops etc.
Presentation made by Mr Leo Kütt, who manages the centre.

Visit to The Seto Farm Museum (tour guided by the director of the museum, Mrs. Liis Kogerman) which enables the visitors to learn about the farm architecture, old tools and rich collection of handicraft items dating from the end of the 19 and beginning of the 20 century. The exposition comprises a half-enclosed yard, a dwelling, storehouses for clothes, grain and food, a bam with a hay shed, a workshop, other sheds, a smoke sauna, a pottery, a smithy, a barn and kiln house and a tea house. The majority of the buildings are original and originate from Northern Setumaa.

Presentation of a small farm shop and home-cafe activities in Põlva, Tillu kodukohvik. Presentation made by the owner and hostess, Mrs Eve Veski

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Presentation and comparative analysis of the digital stories on the topic “Musical instruments, songs and dances”

Visiting Piusa sand caves visitor centre and the ceramics workshop. Since October 2010 on the Nature reserve of the Piusa caves, near the Museum Cave, the Piusa Caves Visitor Centre has been open. The purpose of the visitor centre is to contribute to the protection of the Piusa caves and protected species (eg bats). The caves are human-made (excavating sand for making glass). Guided by Mrs Kaire Hakk

Visit Seto community house in Obinitsa. Obinitsa was elected Finno-Ugric “capital” for year 2015.

Visit Meremäe rural municipality, learn about Seto culture. Seto Leelo – a special polyphonic song - is inscribed into Unesco list of intangible heritage. Learn some songs and dances, guided by Mrs Viivika Kooser.

Seminar–discussion, sharing the best practices “Promotion of intercultural dialogue through tradition

Monitoring of the activities and dissemination of the project

May 28th – 31st, 2015, Meeting in Alfta, Sweden

Thursday, 29 May 2015

Educational Programme “Folk music and dance from past to present”
Modern dance workshop/Traditional dance workshop

Visiting Tutabo historic farmstead.
An acquaintance with the Swedish cultural heritage

Visiting Elin Westlund/Barbro Ager craftsmans - more examples of crafts nowadays

Seminar “The role of music, musical instruments and dance in development of the competence of cultural awareness and expression”.
Making sälgpipa and singing with Johan Hammarsten

Friday, 30 May 2015

Presentation and comparative analysis of the digital stories on the topic “Traditional costumes, symbols and traditions”

Transnational Dance Festival in Viksjöfors
Monitoring of the activities and dissemination of the project

Presentation of practical activities - lacemaking and spinning

Presentation of Swedish national costume

Visiting Mårtesgården ethnographic village in Edsbyn
An acquaintance with the Swedish cultural heritage, Presentation of Swedish ancient musical instruments

February 22nd – 25th, 2014, Meeting in Tukums, Latvia

Monday, 23 February 2015

Seminar - discussion “Development of adult entrepreneurial skills”.
All partners demonstrate their countries best practices – examples of adult entrepreneurial skills in general and adopting handicrafts in modern (via presentations, real examples, pictures etc. visual materials).

Good practice “Adopting handicrafts in modern life”.
Visiting Creative people Association “Ligzda” as good practice of traditional crafts adapting in modern life and needs.

Workshop “Adopting handicrafts in modern life”.
Informative and practical workshop in wicker weaving. Practice in bracelets weaving.

Visiting Tukums art gallery “Durvis” – more examples of crafts nowadays.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Educational progam/workshop “National costumes, symbols, traditions” at the Tukums Museum.

Workshop “National traditions” at Kandava’s Crafts Centre.

September 15th – 19th, 2014, Kaunas Region Education Centre, Lithuania

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Seminar - round table discussion “Cultural heritage - an integral part of social, cultural and economical life”

Workshop “Creating digital stories and the use of ICT in digitizing cultural heritage”.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Traditional handicrafts. Visiting a weaver, a potter and a carver in authentic environment. Observing of the activities, discussion

Educational program “Old ethnographic villages, houses, traditional handicrafts”

Traditional handicrafts. Workshop “Traditional Easter palm making”

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Traditional handicrafts. Visiting a smiths in authentic environment. Observing of the activities, discussion

Traditional handicrafts. Workshop “Folk straw decorations(Lithuanian- ‘sodai’)”