Union of the Edirne Tradesmen and Craftsmen Chambers in TURKEY and BOURGAS REGIONAL TOURIST ASSOCIATION in BULGARIA are implementing the project TELL US ABOUT THRACIANS. The project is funded by the Second Call of the IPA Cross-Border Programme Bulgaria – Turkey. The duration of the project is 12 months.

As a result of it the most famous Tracologists in Bulgaria – prof. Valeria Fol and in Turkey – prof. Engin Beksaç are doing a research study on Thracian culture and sights in the cross border region, which includes the districts of Burgas, Yambol and Haskovo in Bulgaria and the provinces Edirne and Kirklareli in Turkey. The project is funded under priority 2.2: Strengthening the capacity for sustainable use of the natural resources, cultural and historic values.

The specific objectives are preservation and promotion of the Thracian culture on the territory of the cross border region,developing of informational materials for the cultural diversity and the ways for its preservation and promotion,developing of programs aiming at forming an appreciation and knowledge about the Thracian cultural resources,improving the exchange between the Bulgarian and Turkish cross border regions in the field of Thracian culture, planning of joint activities related to the preservation of the cutural diversity. The web site of the project is done in order to promote the project results.

Due to the implementation of the project “Tell Us About Thracians” will increase the tourism capacity of the area. The cross border region will be much more attractive with diversified tourism products, including Thracian sites and culture. This will attract not only national but also international tourists - mainly those that spend their summer holidays on the Black sea coast. They will attend one ot two-days trips to visit Thracian sites.More researchers and scientists will be attracted to take part in studies on the Thracian culture and monuments.As a result of the seminars and awareness raising campaigns more people will learn about the rich heritage from Thracians in the cross border region.

The project „Tell Us About Thracians” is funded under the Programme for CBC between Bulgaria and Turkey, co-funded with the Instrument for Pre-accession, contract No: 2007CB16IPO008-2011-2-025.