Karlskrona’s World Heritage Days kicked-off last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary from the creation of the UNESCO site. Thanks to the engagement and willingness of entrepreneurs, NGOs, churches, and museums, the celebration continued in 2019 too.
More than 80 activities took place between October 25th and 27th, making it possible for citizens and tourists to experience the multi-faceted aspects of our World Heritage. Among the many highlights from the event, we can pick the visit to the Clock Tower in the Admiralty Park and the concert in the Fredrik’s Church as the most significant and appreciated ones. DUNC held also an event to talk about the project’s purpose, its main aspects and inform an interested public about the world heritage sites in the project. The World Heritage Days, which involved a total of twenty actors and organizations, were coordinated and followed up by the municipality of Karlskrona. Even though we are still collecting data, the preliminary results show very successful results, with about 5000 individuals taking part to the different events. Not only this testifies the interest in knowing more about Karlskrona’s cultural heritage but is also a pointer to the opportunity of extending the tourist season to late October.
Last but not least, the collaboration between the municipality and the museums allowed us to offer a special World Heritage Day for schools, featuring several activities aiming to raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda objectives for Sustainable Development. Thanks to the good response, this collaboration will continue next year too.
Elena Peverada, World Heritage coordinator