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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Polanczyk and Schidnica – let’s make use together of our tourist and cultural potential for the improvement of competitiveness of the Bieszczady region

Lead PartnerSolina Commune (Poland)

Partnership Schidnica Town Council (Ukraine)

Total budget927 632,24 €

Programme Contribution834 869,02 €

Duration12 months

Measure1.2. Tourism development

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.02.00-18-703/11-00

The calendar of international cultural events organized in the spa towns of Bieszczady region will be enriched by two new events - Bieszczady Cultural Encounters in Polańczyk and "Summer in Schidnica". The will be held every year in the amphitheatres built in both towns with the cross-border project funds. Polańczyk, the capital of Solina commune, is the most popular spa resort in the Podkarpackie voivodeship, situated on a peninsula of Lake Solińskie, called the Sea of Bieszczady. On the other side of the Polish-Ukrainian border, near Drohobych, the picturesque Beskidy valley accommodates Schidnica, the most famous resort in Ukraine next to Truskawiec. Three types of therapeutic waters on a small area make it a unique spot. Solina Commune is visited annually by approx. 150 thousand tourists and spa visitors, and Schidnica and its surroundings by approx. 824 thousand visitors.

Both resorts have excellent natural conditions for the development of tourism and hydrotherapy. With modern amphitheatres, these towns will be able to offer a wider range of cultural cross-border events, which will be their additional advantage. The amphitheatre in Polańczyk was completed in August 2014. The audience can seat 500 people. The stage is equipped with professional technical facilities and sound system. The area around the amphitheatre has been organized and cleaned up. Access road, internal road with manoeuvring area and pedestrian paths have been constructed. The facility received a swage system (with sewage pump station) and water supply system.

Facility opening was accompanied by a two-day festival "1st Bieszczadzkie Cultural Meetings". The program included, among others, tasting of regional dishes, performances of folk artists from Bolkowszczyzna and folk groups from Podkarpacie, Schidnica, Drohobych and Borysław. Bieszczadzkie Meetings have a chance to become a flagship event - constant, highlight event in the tourist attraction calendar of Solina commune. The amphitheatre in Schidnica will be completed in the second half of 2015. It will be a multi-purpose structure with the audience for 530 people. In summer, the concrete arena (with the stage) with the dimensions of 20x40 m will host spectacular events, concerts and sporting competitions. In winter, it will be converted into ice rink. Opening of the amphitheatre will be a great attraction for the residents, spa visitors and tourists. It will become the centre of many events planned in the framework of the international festival "Summer in Schidnica". The artists from Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia will be invited. The festivals organized in the amphitheatres of Polańczyk and Schidnica will be a great opportunity to present and promote the tourism and holiday resort offer of the entire region of Polish and Ukrainian borderland. It will be beneficial for entrepreneurs, owners of small and medium-sized companies of many service sectors.