Horizont HG 2014 is a partner of the association Svatá Ludmila 1100 years, and participates in the project of the same name Svatá Ludmila 1100 years, for example through activities with Lusatian Serbs. We therefore decided to jointly implement the project Legacy of Princess Ludmila, which was eventually financially supported by the Euroregion Nisa and the city of Česká Lípa.
The main goal of the project was to connect the areas of Českolipsko and Lužické Srby more, to realize the connection of these two areas through Ludmila's personality, to recall the life of St. Ludmila and her legacy. This was successfully completed in the form of two cultural events: 14 November 2016 in Česká Lípa and 26 November 2016 in Bautzen and Crostwitz.
The first event therefore took place on 14 November 2016 in Česká Lípa. The meeting was attended by locals, but the Lusatian Serbs and Germans also arrived by bus. The event was officially opened in Villa Hrdlička speeches by the Deputy Mayor of Česká Lípa Alena Šafránková, Chairman of the Board of Horizon HG 2014 Ing. Martin Hrdlička and representatives of the Lusatian Serbs Pěter Brězan and Cleméns Škoda. All participants visited Villa Hrdlička and went on a guided tour of the town of Česká Lípa and the local museum. Then there was a tour of the local basilica of All Saints, where a short organ concert was prepared. This was followed by a joint lunch in Villa Hrdlička, after which two professional lectures on the life of St. Ludmila were opened. A documentary about the life of St. Ludmila was also released. The event culminated in a concert by the vocal choir Kvíltet. In conclusion, Martin Hrdlička thanked all participants for a beautiful day and stated that he was looking forward to the upcoming event in Germany. On the contrary, the participants thanked for the successful event and said goodbye to the applause.
The second part, on the other hand, began with the arrival of Czech participants in Germany, first in the town of Crostwitz. The event took place similar to the Czech Republic. It began with expert lectures on St. Ludmila, a speech by the mayors of Crostwitz and Tetín, the organizers of the project. This was followed by a dramatic performance (traditional dance of Lusatian Serbs, which was performed by students of the local dance school). During this program, everyone had the opportunity to refresh themselves. Then all participants boarded the bus and on their way to the town of Bautzen visited the church and the large monument to the Lusatian Serbs. After arriving in the city, a late lunch was planned in the traditional Lusatian-Serbian restaurant. This was followed by a city tour, and finally a free program (a tour of the Christmas markets). Then he left for Česká Lípa.
Both events were successful and we thank all participants for their participation and for really liking the project. We are sorry that we were hampered by bureaucracy in the project, especially when billing the project, where some requirements significantly increased the cost of the whole event, respectively. its administrative support. In addition to this bad experience with the bureaucracy surrounding project financing, the event was very successful and met its main goal. Horizont contributed approximately CZK 100,000 to this project. At present, the cooperation between the Svatá Ludmila 1100 Years Association and the Lusatian Serbs on the Svatá Ludmila 1100 Years project continues. Thanks again to everyone who took an active part in the project and thanks to whom both events were successful.