REFREsh (10 partners from 5 countries; Duration 07/2007-06/2020) tackles the main challenges of rural areas in Central Europe regions. Unused industrial heritage exist and needs revitalisation and a new form of use. The main objectives of REFREsh are to reutilize industrial heritage through new forms of creative use and attract new creative actors for valorise the industrial heritage in cooperation with actors from trade and service sector. The goal is to improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources.
The project transforms industrial heritage into cultural centres for creative scene as starting point for development of the industrial areas, Municipalities and regions in Central Europe.
The Project will develop benchmarking tools, regional strategies and test the new approach in five pilot actions. To reach a critical mass of creative actors and to foster transnational cooperation of the creative scene the project plans to organise exhibitions, cultural events and creative workshops.
By showing successful approaches for reutilization of industrial heritage for cultural purpose and integration of creative scene tested in pilot actions, the aim is to give industrial heritage a new use that brings value to the whole rural region.
In a long term effect and by adapting the tested approaches, also in other rural areas in Central Europe old industrial heritage will be reutilized and creative scene will be integrated in rural areas.