Walk of the Century project – Belgrade's Sava neighborhood in 1914

 

 

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

The project wants to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One by providing an interactive guide combining classic and new media for educational needs and tourist walks. It presents social life in Savamala district, Belgrade, where WWI started, where the first shots were fired and where the first casualties occurred. The project fosters a remembrance culture in the local community and focuses on the relationships of ordinary people, their reactions to political issues and the approaching battles of 1914. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".


Mapping the history

The basic goal present social changes on a local level and re-tell the history of individuals who witnessed the start of WWI. The projects goal is also to present the correlations outside the official state politics and the narrative.

The project is an attempt to reconstruct the picture of everyday life by showing the fragments of culture, customs and habits of this neighborhood's inhabitants at the eve of the War. Photos, diary entries, testimonials, newspaper clippings and recollections of the locals are presented through the thirty spots on the map, conceived as a two hour walk that can be modeled to individual interests, needs and possibilities. Important places, people and events of this era have been registered on a printed map, as spatial marks and there is an internet site optimized for use on mobile devices.


Extensive advantage

The project is intended to benefit residents of Belgrade, Serbia as well as tourists to the neighborhood. Through the "Walk of the Century" site, it is also available to those who want a virtual experience.

This initiative is a product of (and in a way a continuation) of the "Sound Map of Belgrade" project that gathered and presented local community's oral legacy (oral history). "Walk of the Century" combines different kinds of sources and information establishing partnerships with many institutions, individuals and organisations.


Walk of the Century – The streets of Belgrade’s Sava neighborhood in 1914

Project partners

Local municipal council of Savski venac

Contact the coordinator

Tacka komunikacije

Resources

The project website


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