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The INTERREG IV B MED project SOSTENUTO was implemented between 2009 and 2012.  It focused on bottom-up urban revitalisation of the inner-city district Tabor in connection with innovative cultural events, greening and gardening activities. Local stakeholders and residents have joined forces through cooperation and networking to improve social cohesion, quality of life and future perspectives of their neighbourhood. The project is a good example of strong local efforts to make a difference in current urban development practices in Ljubljana.

Executive summary

SOSTENUTO project has used transnational cooperation and networking as the principal method to support different partners, local stakeholders and inhabitants from the Mediterranean area to participate in implementation of innovative cultural and creative activities in their cities and regions. At the same time project partners at the local level encourage involvement of different institutions, social groups and individuals to enhance economic and social cohesion, sustainability and quality of life for local residents. The project was implemented between 2009-2012 (36 months) by seven partners from EU countries in the Mediterranean area (Spain, France, Italy, and Slovenia) and one IPA Adriatic country (Montenegro) with the support of ERDF (1.2 mil EUR), IPA Adriatic and matching local funds.  It was supported under the INTERREG IV B MED programme which runs from 2007-2013.

The project partner from Slovenia was the BUNKER Institute from Ljubljana, a non-profit organisation for the realisation and organisation of cultural events. The project was implemented in Ljubljana inner-city district Tabor in cooperation with local stakeholders and residents and other citizens of Ljubljana, as an example of a local non-monetary system enabling exchange of know-how, services and local competences in urban revitalisation activities. Innovative cultural events and activities were organized – workshops, festival, art performances, sport competitions, etc., focusing particularly on urban gardening and greening of streets, parks, abandoned sites and other public spaces in the neighbourhood (Garden by the Way). These activities have resulted in establishment of the Tabor Cultural Quarter in March 2011 as a non-profit association based on long-term partnership with cultural institutions (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, etc.) and other non-profit organisations located or active in the neighbourhood for organisation and implementation of diverse cultural events and activities in future.

In Ljubljana all these activities have contributed to the bottom-up urban revitalisation of the local neighbourhood with the help of local residents of Tabor district and other citizens in Ljubljana. In this sense the project has been a good example of multi-level cooperation and networking and provides a role model of integrated approach involving social inclusion, local empowerment and participation in improving the quality of urban life.

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Technical information


Culture comes to town

Member State and Region

Slovenia, West Slovenia

Duration of project

36 months (4.05.2009 – 30.04.2012)


Total budget: 1 536 411 € - ERDF contribution: 1 179 210 € (Sostenuto project)

Total Bunker budget: 271 020 € - ERDF contribution: 230 667 €

Cohesion Policy Objective

Territorial cooperation

Managing Authority

Direction Générale Adjointe des Relations Internationales et des Affaires Européennes, Marseille, France (managing authority of the MED programme)

In Slovenia, implementation within the MED programme supervised by the Directorate of Spatial Planning (formerly based at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of RS, and since February 2012 at the new Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of RS)

CCI nr of OP

2007CB163PO045 INTERREG IV B MED / Objective 3: Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013


Ms Nevenka Koprivšek, Bunker, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Urban renewal, Regional Cooperation, Creative Industries, Culture