ULA’s Final Event (Creative Session): ECF-Funded Library-Supported Tourism in Kyiv Project

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On November 25, 2015, the final event (Creative Session) was conducted at the State Library for Youth of Ukraine for the Ukrainian Library Association’s (ULA’s) Library-Supported Tourism in Kyiv project, which is funded by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).

The event’s participants included team leaders and members who have developed and introduced 4 free walking tours starting from May 2015, as well as the project’s partners and newly engaged volunteers who presented 4 more new tours, which will be offered shortly. All the relevant news is available on the project website – http://travel.ula.org.ua/

A project partner representative from the Kyiv City State Administration’s department of image and information policy presented about the current situation and perspectives of tourism development in Kyiv. The Tourism Department of the Kyiv City State Administration has been an active project partner and stands ready to continue its cooperation with the ULA.

The project management team, in turn, shared success stories and challenges encountered during the project implementation, including

- 7 creative teams are actively working;

- 4 free walking tours have been designed and offered to the public;

-from May 2015, over 50 free walking tours have been offered to the public, and about 890 individuals used this service;

- 4 new tours have been developed and will be offered shortly;

- design of 2 more tours is underway;

-curriculum has been developed for trainings of volunteer tour guides;

- 8 one-day-long trainings for volunteers interested to become tour guides under the ULA project have been offered, and 80 volunteers participated in the trainings. 20 of them have become active project volunteers;

- a training handbook is being designed for professional development of librarians, which includes methodology of library promotion of cultural and historical heritage through local tourism support and development;

-10 Kyiv-based libraries (including national, university, and public libraries) have become hubs for the work of creative teams as well as tour sites, actively introduced a new library service – local tourism, advertised their services and potential, and attracted new library users.

Creative Session’s participants had an opportunity to discuss potential for the project development in 2016 in the World Café format, including logistical arrangements, partnerships and fundraising, information support, and trainings for the tour guides.

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Based on the results of the Creative Session’s work, the ULA made a decision to continue project implementation in 2016 and offer free new tours in Kyiv.

Photos are available here.

Project promotion video.

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