CLINK – Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe

Timespan:01/01/2019 - 30/06/2020
Donor:European Commission  (Europe for Citizens) - Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Applicant:Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar)
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CLINK - Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe

Timespan: 01/01/2019 – 30/06/2020

Donor: European Commission  (Europe for Citizens) – Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation

Applicant: Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar)

Partners: LDA Subotica (Subotica / Serbia); Association des Agences de la Democratie Locale (Strasbourg / France); LDA Knjazevac (Knjazevac / Serbia); LDA Prijedor (Prijedor / Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Sisak (Sisak /Croatia); LDA Niksic (Niksic / Montenegro); Omma Studio (Heraklion / Greece);  LDA Zavidovici (Zavidovici / Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Albania (Vlore/Albania).  

Objective: Project aims to deepen the connection between people from 10 communities from 3 EU (CRO, FR, GR) and 4 non-EU countries (BiH, SRB, MN, AL) and the heritage that surrounds them, as well as to raise their awareness on connections and place their own cultural heritage has in the tapestry of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. 


Through planned activities it gathers and engages in discussions, forums, exchange of practices, study visits, art events a diverse group of participants: state and non-state cultural actors, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, designers, architects, youth groups, local authorities and CSOs. 

Activities follow two paths: international events gathering all partners (Caen/Normandy, FR; Knjazevac, SRB; Mostar, BH) and local events in 9 communities. Activities have been designed to reach 750 direct and 100.000 indirect participants, to have strong European dimension and tackle three out of four themes of the European Year of Cultural Heritage: engagement (practices of bringing Europe’s cultural heritage, history and shared values closer to people; direct engaging of young people in a dialogue with state and non-state cultural actors on the policies of promotion and preservation of cultural heritage, exploring cultural heritage and creating artistic reinterpretation of it; engagement of a wider public with those reinterpretations), sustainability (re-imaging public, industrial, religious or military heritage sites; responsible and sustainable tourism developed around cultural heritage) and innovation (education and training for the traditional crafts in order to foster participation and social innovation). 

Expected outcomes are raised interest in cultural heritage with direct and indirect participants, awareness of EU policies on cultural heritage and ways of its promotion, protection and sustainable use for socioeconomic development of societies, as well as enforced sense of belonging to a common European space.

Activity plan:

  • Preparatory activities and coordination
  • ”Citizens’ participation in preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in their communities” – this event will gather in Caen – Normandy, France, 80-85 state and non-state cultural actors from all participating countries and communities to share and exchange innovative practices of bringing cultural heritage closer to public, especially to young people.
  • Pop up galleries: In the framework of this activity 9 partners in 6 countries will publish a call for young artists to submit their art inspired by cultural heritage. Twenty-five (25) youngsters per community will be involved in this activity directly. It will reach at least 500 citizens per community.
  • ”Cultural heritage as a source of urban regeneration: comeback of the craft-making culture” – this event will bring together 70-75 state and non-state cultural actors, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, young designers and CSOs from all participating communities to exchange practices of creative and sustainable use of cultural heritage for social and economic development of communities. Event will be organized in Knjazevac, Serbia.
  • Community forum, connecting youth and cultural actors: In the framework of this activity 9 partners in 6 countries will organize in their communities a forum to gather young people and cultural actors (state and non-state) in order to boost up participatory approach to preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.
  • ”Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military or public buildings” – final event will gather in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 90-95 representatives of cultural actors (state and non-state), heritage experts, local authorities, architects, CSOs and youth groups in order to share and discuss smart restoration, renovation or transformation of heritage sites such are abandoned industrial, religious, military or public buildings.
  • Communication and dissemination: activities will be realized during whole project, based on the strategy developed and agreed on in preparatory phase. Unified visual style and logo of the project will be designed and Facebook page created. 
    Each partner of the project will put its communication tools at the project’s disposal (website, press, articles, social networks).
  • Monitoring and evaluation: A list of indicators will be developed and shared with all partners in order to monitor the proceeding of the project’s activities and its outcomes. Evaluation sheets will be created to evaluate each international and local activity separately. A final report of the project will give a summary of the activities and results of the project.

Contact projects’ coordinator

Project’s official FB page

CLINK leaflet


I. FIRST INTERNATIONAL EVENT (Caen – Normandy, France)

Announcement of the First International Event within EU project CLINK in Normandy

CLINK International event spurred inspirational exchanges on cultural heritage from diverse countries  

PUBLICATION: CLINK Recommendations – Conference in Normandy

II. POP-UP Galleries


Open Call for POP-UP Galleries Omma Studio 

POP-UP Galleries – Heraklion (Greece) – August 6, 2019

Media Coverage:

LDA PRIJEDOR (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Prijedor

POP-UP Galleries – Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – August 7-8, 2019

Media Coverage:


Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Albania 

POP-UP Galleries – Kaninë (Albania) – August 15, 2019

Media Coverage:

LDA MOSTAR (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Mostar 

Photography Exhibition – Nermin Krupic

POP-UP Market (September 3, 2109)/POP-UP Galleries (September 1-8, 2109) – Mostar (Bosna i Hercegovina)

Media Coverage:


Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Knjazevac 

POP-UP Galleries – Knjazevac (Serbia) – September 5, 2019

Media Coverage:

LDA ZAVIDOVICI (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Zavidovici

POP-UP Galleries – Zavidovici (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – September 14, 2019

Media Coverage:

LDA SISAK (Croatia)

Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Sisak 

POP-UP Galleries – Sisak (Croatia) – September 27, 2019

PUBLICATION:  ”Life with industrial heritage”, LDA Sisak, 2020

Media Coverage:×75/Dani%20EU%20bastine%202019%20brosura.pdf

LDA NIKSIC (Montenegro)

Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Niksic

First POP-UP Gallery – Niksic (Montenegro) – September 27, 2019

Second POP-UP Gallery – Nikšić (Montenegro) – November 11, 2019

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Open Call for POP-UP Galleries LDA Subotica

First POP-UP Gallery – Subotica (Serbia) – October 11, 2019

Second POP-UP Gallery – Subotica (Serbia) – Jun 10, 2020

Media Coverage: 

PUBLICATION: Pop-up Galleries Overview

Integral text: Pop-up galleries – interact with artworks


Announcement of the First International Event within EU project CLINK in Knjazevac

Bringing together traditional arts and crafts

PUBLICATION: CLINK – Collection of Best Practices – International Event Knjazevac

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IV. Community Forum

LDA NIKSIC (Montenegro)

Community Forum – Niksic (Montenegro) – Jun 27, 2019

Community Forum – Niksic (Montenegro) – December 20, 2019


Community Forum – Palic (Serbia) – October 10-13, 2019


Community Forum – Knjazevac (Serbia) – November 29, 2019


Community Forum – Vlora (Albania) – January 17, 2020 

LDA ZAVIDOVICI (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Community Forum – Zavidovici (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – February 27, 2020

LDA MOSTAR (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Community Forum – Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – March 12, 2020

Community Forum “Our Cultural Heritage” took place in Mostar

Video – Community Forum ”Our cultural heritage”

Media Coverage:


Community Forum – Heraklion, Creta (Greece) – May 03, 2020 (Online)

LDA PRIJEDOR (Bosna i Hercegovina)

Community Forum – Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – May 15, 2020 (Online)


Community Forum – Sisak (Croatia) – May 25, 2020 (Online)

PUBLICATION: Community Forums Overwiew

V. Research in the communities – mapping potential cultural heritage sites with potential for adaptive re-use

LDA Albania

LDA KnjazevacResearch in the communities – Knjazevac (Serbia)

LDA MostarResearch in the communities – Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

LDA Niksic – Research in the communities – Niksic (Montenegro)

LDA PrijedorResearch in the communities – Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


LDA Sisak

LDA SuboticaResearch in the communities- Subotica (Serbia)

LDA ZavidoviciResearch in the communities – Zavidovici (Bosna i Hercegovina)

VI. FINAL INTERNATIONAL EVENT (Online Conference – hosted by: Local Democracy Agency Mostar)

CLINK project: International Event on Regenerating Cultural Heritage

CLINK: Final International Event geathers more than 130 participants interested in cultural heritage regeneration


Statement – Final International Event, Online (organized by LDA Mostar), 2020

Event Recording: 

Media Coverage:

Clinik Info Sheet