PREPARED BY SKIVRE PROJECT CONSORTIUM
Monastic heritage represents an important part of European heritage, shared by all European member states mainly in their rural areas. In the past times, monasteries served not only the transmission of Christian faith. They were economic hot spots for the exchange of goods and services.
Nowadays, the production of monastic products is an enormous economic chance for many monasteries to gain income – in order to survive, to develop and to preserve their cultural heritage.
Many monasteries produce variable products using their own recipes based on centuries-old traditions – e.g. handcrafted personal care products as soaps and lotions, textiles, natural food as bread, marmalade, liquors, beer, wine, milk, meat products, and religious articles as well.
Many of the monasteries with own production are creating employment for local people in rural areas. They are establishing collaboration with local production companies as well. Furthermore, they contribute to tourism industry and economic development in their region.
The knowledge of the production of these products is part of the EU’s intangible cultural heritage. Therefore, the SKIVRE project is dedicated to a collection of good practices and creating teaching modules for all monasteries, who want to develop their economic activity and to establish good trading relationships with other monasteries and other stakeholders.
Till now, under the guidance of INI-Novation Bulgaria OOD, 10 learning modules were created and 31 good practices were collected from Germany, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Austria. All SKIVRE partners were contributing with generation of learning content, establishing good relationships with different monasteries in their own countries.
All modules and good practices will be uploaded on a special web-platform created by our Greek partner GUNET. The platform is under development at the moment and will be available very soon.
With all project activities, SKIVRE contributes to “Heritage Sharing” – the theme of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” by developing a training scheme for the production and marketing of high quality handmade products of European monasteries.