The first LAG Spring Festival of Handicrafts and Domestic Products organized in Kula, Serbia

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The event was organized by the Local Action Group “Srce Backe” with focus on rural tourism and the presentation of the Municipality of Kula as an interesting tourist destination.

Local Action Group “Srce Bačke” Kula is a voluntary, non-profit and non-governmental association established to support sustainable development of rural settlements of Kula and Vrbas in accordance with the LEADER principles and CLLD (Community Led Local Development).

In the scope of the event panel discussions were  implemented in which representatives of Local Action Groups (LAGs) and networks from country and neighboring countries participated as panelists:  Balkan Rural Development Network, North Macedonia; Network for Rural Development of Montenegro; LEADER Network from Croatia, Representative of LAG Srce Backe, Serbia, Secondary school  “Petro Kuzmjak” Ruski Krstur; Women Association “Eko-Kula”; Association “Bajka” and Association  “Organic life”.

“LAG Spring Fest is being held for the first time this year in Kula and the idea of this event is to announce all future events that will be held on the territory of our LAG. Today we have more than 50 exhibitors here, not only our members, but also people from the vicinity of our town. In addition to the exhibition and cultural-artistic work, we will also organize three panel discussions on rural tourism, given that the focus of the event is rural tourism and the potentials our local environment ” stated Bojan Kovac, one of the organizer of the event.

Field visit were organized to Flower festival in Kula, Social entrepreneurship TH-INK and association to support people with mental disabilities “Plava ptica” in Kula, Winery  Milisavljević in Lipar with degustation of traditional products and Etno salas “Stara kudeljara”.

This activity is supported by the project: “Promotion of Economic Diversification of Rural Areas in Southeast Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE- Value chain capacity building on agriculture and rural tourism to streamline rural employment opportunities” implemented in partnership by Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG RRD) and GIZ North Macedonia.