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Focus on coastal culture

Portuguese and Norwegian researchers, culture workers and coastal population gather this week in Tromsø for a seminar to exchange experience and views on coastal culture. The seminar is part of an EEA Grants supported project that aims to promote coastal culture as a factor of local development.

The coastlines of both Norway and Portugal are home to both large sections of population and a plethora of natural resources, and the project "Celebrating Coastal Culture" emphasises the importance of coastal culture to the two countries. The Tromsø seminar is hosted by Museum Nord and the University of Tromsø, who have partnered with 6 Portuguese coastal culture organisations to develop the project.

A ten man strong delegation from the Portuguese project has arrived in Tromsø, experiencing the summer of Northern Norway at its best and brightest. In addition to sharing the experiences of the Portuguese project, the guests will hear how the coastal population of Northern Norway face challenges related to fisheries and the preservation and development of coastal culture. A visit to Vannøya, a nearby island dominated by the fisheries, will give participants hands-on experience with the Norwegian approach.

The project, receiving €0.4 million in support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, will make the coastal cultural heritage of Portugal more easily available to the public through developing a database of cultural heritage objects. The presentation of cultural heritage is the focus of the seminar`s third day, when both the Norwegian and Portuguese participants will share their methods of promoting coastal culture.

Photo: Fernando and Sergio Gomes Guerra.