As a major deliverable, the ‘CASTLE FOR THE REGION – REGION FOR THE CASTLE’ event at Sandomierz will contribute to the project objectives by creating a platform where local and regional demand and supply can meet: the District Museum in Sandomierz (DMS) and the representatives of a variety of local and regional stakeholders can discuss how Sandomierz Royal Castle can be even more integral element of the region from a touristical, educational, commercial point of view. Through the fair, regions’ brand products will reach a wider general public. The project event will be organized as part of the local traditional fair and the 100th anniversary of the founding of DMS.

The complex project event will include a SEMINAR, a MEDIA EVENT related to the Virtual Exhibition and the CASTLE FAIR & REGIONAL FAIR. – SEMINAR on the roles of castles as centres of commerce, tourism, culture and education in a regional context; knowledge transfer on how these roles could be strengthened to the benefit of the local community and the region. DMS will invite guests and speakers from other castles/institutions involved with castles in the region, representatives of local and regional chambers of commerce and tourism industries, as well as local and regional government representatives and decision makers. At the seminar we will implement the World Café method which fosters creative and collaborative thinking and allows new ideas, insights and questions to emerge during all phases of organizational planning and development (http://www.theworldcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/hungariancafetogo.pdf)

We decided to use the World Café method because we strongly believe that if representatives of the castles as well as representatives of regional tourism and economy work together on defining the renewable roles of castles, these will be adaptive and can be put into practice easier and more effectively.

Seminar programme:

1.       Informative session (40 min)
–        Introduction to the ‘Castles & Regions project’
–        Introduction of Sandomierz Royal Castle as well as other medieval and post-medieval castles along the Vistula River
–        Introduction to the World Café method – Presentation about the renewable roles of medieval and post-medieval castles
2.       World Café (180 min) Topics:

·         Castle as the immanence part of the formal education
·         Coordination and Promotion of regional touristic destinations by the castle
·         Castle as the promotional centre of the local/regional economy and products
·         Castle as a centre of local, regional identity, as well as the development of the presentation
·         Networking of Castles and their partners
3.       World Café summary and recommendations for municipality/government decision makers (60 min)

Working languages: Polish, English

–        MEDIA EVENT incl. the introduction of the Virtual Exhibition to the local/regional media, local and regional political, commerce and tourism stakeholders, delegates from the partner countries embassies/consulates and the general public
–        ‘CASTLE FAIR & REGIONAL FAIR’: especially aimed at the general public, beside the traditional arts and crafts products the DMS will invite representatives of ‘regional brand products’, to be presented to the general public at the fair, with special emphasis on the region’s 800 years tradition of wine making
–        settling of MID-TERM COOPERATION between HNM and the DMS (see Deliverable ‘Mid-term cooperations’) and preparatory negotiations (under the leadership of AHSRD) regarding the proposed Vistula Castles Network.