Project Activities in the Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve

photo: Zsuzsa Tolnay

photo: Zsuzsa Tolnay

photo: Stephanie Roth

AG 14: The Gömör Torna Festival

The Gömör Torna Festival takes place every year in the second half of July in the region of the Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve and its neighbouring region in Slovakia, the Slovak Karst Biosphere Reserve. The wide spread programme consists of music performances, theatre, excursions and lively fairs in many villages, including nearly a hundred programmes and activities at almost forty locations.

The festival aims at the complex and comprehensive interpretation of the natural and cultural assets of the region. It increases the awareness of locals and visitors about the importance of biodiversity conservation and supports efforts to sustain the local folk traditions.

The tasks of this project activity were to promotes sustainable forms of tourism within the frame of the festival, to foster and extend the partnership network and the number of participating sites, to enhance the cross border nature of the event, to improve communication, PR and marketing and to increase overnight stays and the number of visitors in the region.

The Aggtelek National Park together with its partners supported the development of the festival into a well-known trans-boundary event.

Documents for download/Related documents:

Criteria of programmes to be organised within the Gömör-Torna Festival

Aggtelek National Park, Gömör Youth Association (Slovakia)




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