Visitors from all over the world will now be able to get to know the Petrovaradin Fortress through a new, virtual 3D tour, presented today by the EXIT Foundation at the Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad. This internet platform is a continuation of promotion of the Petrovaradin Fortress and further enhancement of its international tourist potential, which it has gained in modern times thanks to the EXIT Festival and other facilities such as the monument to the “First World Peace” by the multimedia artist Yoko Ono. A virtual tour through the fortress introduces visitors to the beauties, historical facts and current affairs related to the “Gibraltar on the Danube”, while the interactive guide for all visitors is one of the members of the famous archive department from the television series “The Government Job” and also a historian by profession, Nikola Škorić. Our famous actor in his unique and humorous way welcomes visitors and tells them the legends of dragons and cats, the prison of Petrovaradin and numerous other stories, myths and curiosities, which are part of the rich history of the Petrovaradin Fortress. The virtual 3D tour through the Petrovaradin Fortress is the result of the Project “Contemporary and Traditional Cultural-Tourism Route” (CULHUSRBTOUR) within the Interreg – IPA Cross border cooperation between Hungary and Serbia, launched by the EXIT Foundation and “ONTE” Heritage National Park in Opusztaszer, in 2018.
The three-dimensional representation of the Petrovaradin Fortress is only one of the segments of cooperation established by the partners in this cross-border project. Within the event “Petrovaradin Tour – 3D VIRTUAL advenTOUR” held today at the Matica Srpska Gallery, a study was presented on a new cultural-tourist route between Novi Sad and the National Park of Heritage in Opustaser, Hungary, and a panel discussion “Cultural and Historical Heritage, creative industries and new technologies, ” was attended by the Director of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments and Culture of the City of Novi Sad, Siniša Jokić, archaeologist from the Urban Development Center Rade Milić, historian Nikola Škorić, PR manager of the Street Musicians Festival Lea Kotlica, and President of the EXIT Foundation’s BoD, Ivan Petrović.
“The 3D virtual tour of the Petrovaradin Fortress is a continuation of the EXIT Foundation’s long-term activities in tourism branding and promotion of the cultural heritage of Novi Sad and Serbia in an innovative and interesting way. We have a rich cultural heritage in our environment, which can be popularized and promoted in a modern way with the help of the creative sector, and then gain economic sustainability and protection through the development of cultural tourism. This kind of fusion of cultural heritage, creative industries and tourism is something in which Serbia and our region have a great chance to become recognizable on the global scale,” said President of the EXIT Foundation’s BoD, Ivan Petrović.
The 3D virtual tour is available to all users of computers and “smart” mobile phones, and they can go on an adventure through the EXIT Foundation website as well as through the official CULHUSRB Tour website. It is very easy to use, and the drop-down menu provides numerous opportunities and choices of information and interesting things about the various locations on the Fortress, which Nikola Škorić tells in his own authentic way: “By means of my character who passes as the guide on the virtual tour, we have told the brief history of the Petrovaradin Fortress. We tried to present all stories in a creative way and I hope we have succeeded in that. ”
“All information technologies and modern presentation systems are welcome. Any type of advertisement, even the simplest one, has had its effect. The effect is produced by a plain poster, a plain advertisement on the wall, let alone a modern presentation. There is a huge number of tourists who do not want agency services, but would rather like to create tours for themselves. By means of this virtual tour, every new tourist will easily find out what they want to visit at the fortress, “said Siniša Jokić, Director of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments and Culture of the City of Novi Sad.
The EXIT Foundation, which in this manner continues the mission of unity expansion in the Region, and the National Heritage Park in Opusztaszer, Hungary, have also organized four tourist events, including music, visual arts, painting and photography, joint art meetings, workshops and study tours in both partner countries, primarily aimed at young people.
The Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia is implemented within the 2014-2020 European Union financial framework, under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). On the basis of “shared management system” of the participating countries – Hungary and Serbia, the Programme funds and supports co-operation projects of organizations located in the Programme-eligible area – Hungarian counties Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun, and Serbianterritories: West Bačka, North Bačka, South Bačka, North Banat, Central Banat, South Banat and Srem. The Programme helps the development of a stable and co-operating region and the overall quality of life in the border
region. It enables economic collaboration of organizations from the two countries, nurtures the common identity, andcultural and historical heritage of the border region, and to its environmental sustainability and safety.
For more information, please visit: www.interreg-ipa-husrb.com.