Cluster of Cultural Routes
The Cluster of Cultural Routes links almost 50 cultural institutions, tourist organizations, civil society organizations, SME's and five universities, in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and the USA.
The goals of the organisation are:
- The production and realisation of specific cultural-tourist products, the branding of certain spheres through the project “cultural routes,” and the positioning of cultural routes on the world’s tourism market
- Sustainable development and promotion of cultural heritage. To encourage an awareness of the necessity of its preservation and its placement on the tourist market in order to promote cultural and economic development of entire regions
- Interdepartmental and inter-sector connectivity, promoting cooperation and networking in the fields of culture, education, science, tourism, and economics
- The encouragement of intercultural dialogue and the preservation of cultural diversity; the development of creative industries, and the development of a chain of thematically-connected products and services
- The organization of activities aimed toward the rehabilitation of depressed regions, and public advocacy that targets habits and approaches regarding the use and preservation of cultural heritage and natural resources;
- The promotion of science, the improvement of education through informal learning;
- The improvement of environmental protection and exploitation of renewable energy sources
Since 2013, the cluster has developed two industrial cultural routes:
Nikola Tesla Ways
In 2003, in recognition of the universal significans of Nikola Tesla and his inventions, UNESCO added Tesla's archive, as part of the moveable human documentary heritage to the Memory of the World Register, the highest form of cultural assests. Following Nikola Tesla's autobiography and his diaries, the route Nikola Tesla Ways links all countries where Tesla lived and worked. The Institut of Cultural Routes has included the Tesla Ways among the several cultural routes which might be important for the Danube region.
Mining Route. The Balkans: Cradle of Metallurgy
Results from laboratory tests at Britain's Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgy Studies indicated that the territory of modern-day Serbia constitutes the cradle of world metallurgy. The first metals were smelted here seven thousand years ago. Once there also was a kind of enormous, pre-historic industrial center. By including other mining locations and sites, the 'Mining Route. The Balkans. Cradle of Metallurgy' can become an incredible journey through the development of mining from prehistoric to modern times.