Montenegro Beauty at Your Fingertips

Filipa Rajkovic
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“Montenegro is sea foam and snow dust, a dance of steep cliffs and headlong streams, uproar of battles and inebriation of wars. It is a land of ... reality and dream. “Montenegro is a state that knew no frontiers…” (Veljko Vlahović) It is time to bring the beauty of Montenegro at the fingertips of persons with disabilities.

“Montenegro is sea foam and snow dust, a dance of steep cliffs and headlong streams, uproar of battles and inebriation of wars. It is a land of ... reality and dream. “Montenegro is a state that knew no frontiers…” (Veljko Vlahović) EU and Montenegro share the interest in the concern about special natural areas such as Tara river, the “Teardrop of Europe”. It is the most beautiful canyon in the world with pure drinkable water, opulent vegetation and wild life, with great number of endemic species. That is why Tara river is a part of Council of Europe ecological EMERALD Network. Former rulers of Montenegro shared concern for its cultural development with other European countries. By the end of the XV century, thanks to his ties to a noble Venetian family, Ivan Crnojević [Tsernoyevich], being one of those rulers, had favourable conditions to acquire printing equipment and bring it from Venice to Montenegro. After the first book printed by Gutenberg, Montenegrin printing house was the first one not only in Western Balkan, but in South East Europe, as well. Using the press as the bearer of development, the Crnojevićes had included their state in the community of the most enlightened ones and thus put their culture in the first ranks of European countries. The clock towers of Podgorica [Podgoritsa] or Herceg Novi [Hertseg Novi] are not only monuments of architecture, but historical ones, too. With the modifications of some of their elements through history, they are tangible documents of intersection of Eastern Europe and even Middle East, on one hand, and Western Europe, on the other. It is time that these and other beauties of cultural and natural heritages of Montenegro were shared with persons with disabilities, especially those with visual disabilities. It is time for a 3D exhibition of about 20 selected objects of architectural heritage of Montenegro and selected sites of its natural heritage. It is time to bring the beauty of Montenegro at the fingertips of persons with disabilities.

European Dimension

The beauties of cultural and natural heritages of Montenegro can be presented to persons with visual disabilities and persons with disabilities in general through a 3D exhibition of selected objects of architectural heritage of Montenegro and selected sites of its natural heritage. Some of these objects and sites are good examples of how Montenegro had inherited and still shares values of European civilisation and how, in its history, culture and religion, it was the link between the Western and Eastern Europe.

Legal body/representative

Library for the Blind of Montenegro

Ivana Peruničić, The head of the general sector

Description of the project

With the proposed project, we plan toprovide makingof round 20 cultural, touristicandhistoricalsightsof Montenegro in 3D format (3D printing). In the next stage of the project, we planrecording an audio guidewith a short story about each of theshowpieces, as well as short descriptive textsin black print and in Braille lettersthat would be placed next to each 3D object. In the final week of September 2019, during the observance of the European Heritage Days, we plan to organize,in our Library,festiveopening of the exhibition comprised of the afore mentionedshowpieces. That would be the first such exhibition in our countrywhere persons with impaired sightand all the other interested would have an opportunity toexperience theculturalandhistorical heritage of Montenegroby their senses of touch. The exhibition will be opened for 7 days in Podgorica, and then it would be presented in other towns of Montenegro (in all three of its regions). It would be virtually a travelling exhibition of cultural treasure with the aim of having all of the diversity and beauty of the Montenegrin natural and cultural heritage directly and authentically demonstrated to overall culture audience, especially to persons who, due to their sensory limitations, had no opportunity, so far, to learn how beautiful Montenegrin rivers, lakes, bridges, or cultural and religious objects look like.

Legacy of the project

Positive effectsof the projectreflect in an innovative and functional access of presentation and popularisation of cultural heritage to broadest cultural communitywith special accent on the relevance ofthe“allinclusive”principle, i.e.a model upon whichall categories of society, without exception, equally acquire right and opportunity tobe familiarised with cultural and natural wealthin their environment. All of that will contribute that historical and cultural values of our country are talked about in all the places where the exhibition will be organized, as well as through the mediathat will closely followthe project course and all of its segments. The innovation of the project should motivatethosewho have been somewhat familiar with the values of cultural and natural heritage of Montenegro to further studying and research, to discovering new and different perspectives of viewing that wealth;and for those who have been negligibly or not at all familiar, the project should motivate them to become better informed and acquire elementary knowledge. The exhibition will be especially relevantfor pupils and students, and for touristswho will be able to be introduced with wealth and diversityof the beauty that adornnatural and cultural heritage of Montenegro in one place.

Budget breakdown

1. Printing of cultural and natural objects in 3D ( 20 pieces * 300,00eur = 6.000,00eur ) 2. Creating audio guide ( 500,00eur ) 3. Print material related to the black print and Braille ( 300,00eur ) 4. Voice recorders with headphones ( 20 pieces * 70,00eur = 1.400,00eur ) 5. Promotional material (roll ups, posters, flyers) ( 300,00eur ) 6. Lease galleries for exhibition ( 6 exhibitions * 100,00eur = 600,00eur ) 7. The cost of catering for all exhibitions ( 6 exhibitions * 150,00eur = 900,00eur ) 8. TOTAL COSTS 10.000,00eur Our contribution 1. The cost of transportation of exhibits ( 6 exhibitions * 100,00eur = 600,00eur ) 2. All other costs

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